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Published on Nov 12, 2007
Lifemark ( http://www.lifemark.co.nz ) homes vary dramatically in appearance and style. What they all share in common is the flexibility to adapt to whatever comes along in life: a teenager with a broken leg, a family member with serious illness, a parent carrying in heavy shopping or managing a pushchair, an old person wanting to maintain their independence. In order to be awarded the Lifemark, a home must meet all the Lifetime Design Home Standards ( http://tinyurl.com/4lf8dvo ).
As a society, we're getting older, living longer, and are more willing to acknowledge that over our lifetime we are likely to experience a disabling condition. In many countries, New Zealand included, there's a growing trend for more than one generation to share the same home. All this adds up to a growing demand for environments that work for everyone.
This is where the Lifemark ( www.lifemark.co.nz ) comes in, following five key design principles, centred on 33 aspects in five areas of the home to ensure that all newly built homes are designed to be accessible, adaptable, useable, inclusive and comfortable for everyone using them, be they friends or family, young or old, in a Lifemark approved home, everyone will be at home, in a home designed for life and living (http://tinyurl.com/4ktksa5 ).