DRH Visitability Documentation

 

This page is under construction (of course)

 

What does it matter? Our calculations of the current numbers of mobility impaired persons in Hawaii County.

 

If we extrapolate the Federal census numbers for the size of Hawaii County, and the frequency of mobility impairments, we find the following: as of 2007 ...

 

Hawaii County has approximately 7,025 people who are mobility impaired to the point that they require assistive devices (canes, crutches, walkers, or wheelchairs).

 

Hawaii County has approximately 1,607 people who use wheelchairs.

 

Which leaves 5,417people who are non-wheelchair using, but mobility impaired. These people, too, benefit from a visitable home.

 

BUT  these numbers are changing all the time. As people grow older, they require assistive devices. And you -- yourself, the person who is reading this -- may become disabled at any time during your life. Hopefully it will be after you live a long life as a non-disabled person. But you never know. (Sorry to tell you this. But it is much better becoming disabled than dying! Welcome to the club!)

 

 

Here are some interesting documents produced by nationally known organizations about visitability:

 

A 2008 article from the Journal of the American Planning Assocation entitled “Aging and Disability.” It shows how much more valuable homes are when they allow “aging in place” -- that is, they are accessible to individuals after they become mobility impaired. Click this link for a pdf version.

 

A short policy sheet from the Americans Association of Retired Persons (AARP) showing the value of visitability for seniors. Click this link for a pdf version.

 

 

 

Online sources on Visitability and Aging in Place:

 

A recent AARP report on the value of visitability. Click the following URL:

http://www.aarp.org/research/housing-mobility/accessibility/inb163_access.html

 

A USA Today story about the value of visitability. Click the following URL:

 http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/housing/2008-09-09-housing_N.htm

 

A story from KHON, the Honolulu Television station, about the Maui program of Aging in Place. Click the following URL:

http://www.khon2.com/features/elderhood/18160959.html