Frequently Asked Questions

What is Human Factors?

The term human factors, or ergonomic, as it is also called, refers to designing for human use and optimizing working and living conditions.

Human factors seeks to change the things people use and the environments in which they use these things to better match the capabilities, limitations, and needs of people.

Human factors discovers and applies information about human behavior, abilities, limitations, and other characteristics to the design of products, tasks, jobs, and environments for productive, safe, comfortable, and effective human use.

What is Ageing In Place?

Ageing in place simply means remaining in one’s home safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level. The pleasure of living in a familiar environment throughout one’s maturing years and the ability to enjoy the familiar daily rituals and the special events that enrich our lives.

I have been living in this house all my life. Why is there a need to improve or modify my home now?

The key is planning. Choosing to have a plan to age in place means you will be in control of your quality of life and independence. It means you are planning to lessen the burden on your family by outlining how and where your needs are met.

The environment that once served us well may no longer be safe and accessible when our body becomes weaker and more problematic as we grow older.

Money spent on home improvements and modifications can pay back in savings from avoiding an injury or the need to move to a nursing home.

The best time to make changes to the home environment is while you are still healthy, so that these changes reflect the way you want to live. So that you can be sure your spouse will be comfortable, and that your children recognize you will be safe. And by acting as early as possible, you can ensure that you have time to:

  • Get comfortable with any changes.
  • Remove risks before an accident happens.
  • Enjoy the improved, barrier free, comfortable and accessible space
  • Benefit from the therapeutic effect of a well designed space
Research suggests that home improvements and modifications are advantageous to active, healthy seniors.