Aging in Place Part 2: Dwelling Unit Accessibility
Butte County Building Division Manager
Butte County Building Inspector Supervisor
The speakers outline building and accessibility options for seniors that they have observed and approved through the county permitting process. They explain that the main purpose of building codes is to provide safe, healthy dwellings. Among the possible dwelling options that can help seniors live semi-independently with extended family include garage conversions and second dwellings such as guest homes and “eco-cottages” (small buildings with a standard floor plan, often with accessibility features already in place). Maintenance and repair of hazardous conditions is important. Permits obtained to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) add accessibility features to dwellings. The speakers list many building features that can enhance accessibility for seniors and the disabled, including modified exterior routes, interior routes, entryways, kitchen counters, and bathroom facilities.
Recorded: March 13, 2013