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Design of controls for older persons

Older persons may also experience difficulty in seeing and understanding how to operate certain controls. To address these issues, contrasting colours and larger numerals or letters are recommended during design.

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Lifts / Escalators

Friendly lifts are essential for vertical transportation and are commonly used as an integral part of the accessible route. Hence, there are basic requirements for architects to pay attention to.

Location of Lift

Lifts are preferably located at convenient space (for example near escalators) to encourage equality for both the able-bodies and those with limited mobilities.

Grab Bars in Lift

Grab bars on both sides and at the rear of the lift car provide support for the aged.

Mirror in Lift Interior

Lift interior fitted with mirrors would allow a wheelchair user to see the lift location display without having to turn around.

Vision Panel

Lift door with vision panels enable persons with hearing impairment to signal for help or assistance in the event of an emergency.

Lift Landing Call & Lift Car Control Buttons

Example of lift landing call buttons


Example of lift car control buttons

Braille markings placed to the left of or on the lift landing call and lift car control buttons (and not placed below the lift landing call and lift car control buttons) with a light in the button to blink when depressed and stops when released.

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