Elderly-friendly Tiny House Tour
Aging can bring with it challenges like loss of mobility.
One Melbourne resident combats the loss of mobility with a safe, secure, and accessible disability-friendly tiny house.
Today, Living Big in a Tiny House goes on a tour of Merle’s tiny house for elderly, designed for her by her daughter, Ferne.
Merle wanted to move near her family, but didn’t want to invest a lot of money in a large house. Her daughter suggested a tiny house, and it worked perfectly for her. Merle loves her disability-friendly tiny house. She calls the house, “Friendly.”
Friendly is designed to have an accessible indoor space, and a large veranda. Merle uses her patio as a crafts space. She also has a fantastic view from the porch and from her windows, and can see rabbits and kangaroos.
The veranda is semi-enclosed with cafe blinds and flyscreens that insulate, keep out insects, but also allow in natural light and access to a tremendous view. To make the porch accessible, these blinds are mobilized and there is an entrance ramp.
Inside, the house is built with expansive windows and non-slip floors with underfloor heating. The bathroom boasts an age-specific toilet and an accessible shower with a seat. All cabinetry opens with soft touches, and the kitchen appliances shut off automatically.
Merle doesn’t like having her bed out for guests to see during the day, so the bed is also motorized. At a touch of a button it slides upward and hides up near the ceiling. There is also a skylight above Merle’s bed for her to glimpse the stars as she falls asleep.
Merle says her tiny home is a little bit of heaven. It allows her to be completely independent.
What is your ideal living space as you age? Let us know in the comments.
Tiny house for elderly people
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