Better Living Express was conceived to help identify and utilize products that conform to the principles of Universal Design. Whether you are 5 or 85, our approach strives to remove barriers for all ages and abilities.

The 7 Principles of Universal Design were developed in 1997 by a working group of architects, product designers, engineers and environmental design researchers, led by the late Ronald Mace in the North Carolina State University. These principles recognize that there is a wide spectrum of human abilities. Everyone, even the most able-bodied person passes through childhood, periods of temporary illness, injury and old age. By designing for this human diversity, we can create homes that will be easier for all people to use. Most of what we describe as handicap or disability comes from the very design of the buildings we live in. In a perfect world, all residential buildings would be built with these principles of design.

Each of our standard modular home addition plans and modular cottage plans incorporate these seven principles. Our plans provide you with the benefits of accessibility and ease of use without the clinical or institutional look found elsewhere. Whether you are 5 or 85, our Better Living Express offers cottages and suites that remove barriers for all ages and combines beauty with functionality.

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Better Living Design is based on these 7 principles

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    1. Equitable Use

    The design is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities.

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    2. Flexibility In Use

    The design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities

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    3. Simple and Intuitive Use

    Use of the design is easy to understand, regardless of the user’s experience, knowledge, language skills, or current concentration level.

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    4. Perceptible Information

    The design communicates necessary information effectively to the user, regardless of ambient conditions or the user’s sensory abilities.

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    5. Tolerance For Error

    The design minimizes hazards and the adverse consequences of accidental or unintended actions.

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    6. Low Physical Effort

    The design can be used efficiently and comfortably and with a minimum of fatigue.

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    7. 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.

We Can Provide Special Adaptations For Specific Care Needs

Better Living Express is focused on providing a living environment that meets the current needs of the resident and easily adapts as the residents needs continue to change. We offer also can provide customized adaptations for a specific group of needs or abilities.

  • Senior Living Needs
    We remove the barriers that typical homes have in place by incorporating Better Living by Design concepts and features including: barrier free bathrooms/showers, wide hallways, accessible kitchens (per plan), lever door knobs, easy use switches and outlets, and enhanced lighting.
  • Specialized Medical Care
    We will customize to meet the specific accessibility needs of the resident. Walk-in tubes, hoist systems, walk way lighting, additional grab bars, soft flooring, etc. are specific items that can enhance the usability of any cottage or addition.
  • Memory Care Need
    The MemoryCare Care Level is designed to support the needs of those with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Items such as visual cues, soft flooring, containment support, and additional safety enhancements are provided.

Trying to keep your loved one close?

Our Care Advisors will work with you and your care providers to help you determine what care options you may need. You will benefit from our teams extensive knowledge and background in modifying homes for aging in place, accessibility, and medical needs.

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