I would like to share some more learning: A Japanese speaker talked about universal design. He asserted that we should equip older persons’ homes with all the universal design features which can help reduce disability and support functioning. Only 2 percent of homes are currently equipped to compensate for functional limitations. What we do instead, he asserted, we tend to send human resources, people, carers, into homes where adaptation would do. These carers provide no social company, because their job is rushed, timed by the minute.
I asked him if he had ever quantified how many human resources could be put to better use elsewhere, if we adapted peoples’ homes universally? He said he had not, but agreed that we should.
— Christa Monkhouse