Sidekick Homes allow those with limited abilities and seniors to maintain a degree of independence in their home that may otherwise be impossible. Simple, everyday activities such as opening windows and doors, using a dishwasher, or taking a bath can be extremely difficult for some people in their current home. The special features of Sidekick Homes make these activities possible and even easy. These features won’t necessarily replace the need for caregivers but can allow many people to be independent and control some aspects of home life that were previously not possible.
Disabled persons and seniors are often faced with the choice of either remaining at home in a house that no longer works for them or to be prematurely institutionalized. Now there is a choice for them to remain at home, in an environment that adapts to their needs rather than the other way around. It has been voiced that many seniors would rather stay in their own home than enter an unfamiliar and expensive institution, and in some cases such as dementia, it becomes a true benefit when the senior remains in familiar surroundings.
- High efficiency heating and cooling equipment
- A tight building envelope
- Upgraded foam insulation in all walls and roof
- High performance glass in windows and doors
- Tightly sealed windows and doors
- Passive solar considerations in positioning the home on your property
- Adjustments to glass areas and overhangs depending on the region
- Ducted fresh air intake to reduce potential leaks
- Sealed ductwork throughout
(These are only examples. The list continues and will be detailed in our specifications for your home)
The Seven Principles of Universal Design*:
- Equitable Use: The design is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities.
- Flexibility in Use: The design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities.
- Simple and Intuitive: Use of the design is easy to understand, regardless of the user's experience, knowledge, language skills or current concentration level.
- Perceptible Information: The design communicates necessary information effectively to the user, regardless of ambient conditions or the user's sensory abilities.
- Tolerance for Error: The design minimizes hazards and the adverse consequences of accidental or unintended actions.
- Low Physical Effort: The design can be used efficiently and comfortably and with a minimum of fatigue.
- Size and Space for Approach and Use: Appropriate size and space is provided for approach, reach, manipulation and use regardless of user's body size, posture or mobility.
*The Center for Universal Design (1997). The Principles of Universal Design, Version 2.0. Raleigh, NC: North Carolina State University.