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Persons with disabilities may experience limitations in head movement or a reduction in peripheral vision – they will find it easier to read signs that are positioned perpendicular to their path of travel.

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UD Homes

A UD home embraces the principles of universal design, and takes into account the needs of each family member, ensuring that considerations such as their comfort and safety are met adequately. The needs of each home may vary but particular focus is given to the elderly or those with special needs. These include designs that accommodate age-related declines in mobility, reduce risk of falls, reduce range of reach, or the use of mobility aids such as walking sticks, wheelchairs and crutches.

There are some general design considerations that can be applied to UD homes.

Unit Entrance

Levelled floor at unit entrance.

Door Handles

Elder-friendly door handles.


At least one bathroom in every residential unit to be retrofitted for the elderly and wheelchair users when the need arises.

Bathroom Door

(Japan) A typical two-way bathroom swing door with metal plates that permits two-way opening for safety.


Large easy-touch rocker light switches for the elderly as well as persons with impaired dexterity.

Kitchen Cabinet

Mobile cabinets under kitchen tabletop are recommended for greater storage capacity and the flexibility of freeing up space under the tabletop.

To learn more about the application of UD principles in homes, the various layouts and the provision of facilities, fittings or fitments, you may reference

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