What is accessibility in design?

Accessibility by definition is the users’ ability to use products or services. Considering accessibility is key when creating later living environments that are able to accommodate the needs of the potential people who will live within. In this week’s Ageing Unlocked Stewart Dean, Principal at Marchese Partners, tells us more about its importance and levels in design.

What is accessibility in design?

Accessibility is key for an elderly person who is going to be living in a residence. They need to know that their apartment is flexible and that they can age in place.

Accessibility covers many different levels. It can mean being able to walk through the front door with flush thresholds to be able to change their bathroom completely over so they are able to have a carer in there or a wheelchair. We can take out the shower screens or we can adapt the heights of the bed – so it covers many different facets.

This is a really key design tool to make someone feel comfortable and secure in their environment.


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Stewart has been part of the Marchese team for over 17 years. During this time Stewart has worked in the Sydney office and was the Principal of the Brisbane office and has been instrumental in the growth of the senior living brand for Marchese Partners.

Through his experience in Australia working on landmark later living projects, Stewart has gained an innate understanding of the sector and how well-considered design can positively affect and influence the residents, to live more fulfilling active, happy lives. Stewart has been involved with steering committees at a number of later living developments in Australia and is committed to bettering the lives of the residents with this resident first attitude.

Stewart brings this experience into leading the London Studio to deliver the unique Guild Living offering.