Accessibility & Adaptability
What is accessibility and adaptability?
Access or Accessibility means that a person with disabilities is, without assistance, able to approach, enter, pass to and from, and make use of an area and its facilities, or either of them.
Adaptable Dwelling Units are units designed and constructed that can be modified at minimal cost to meet occupant’s changing needs over time. This helps people stay in their own homes longer through aging, injury or illness and reduces the cost of future renovations to accommodate persons with disabilities or mobility challenges.
The Westerly is committed to providing quality, livable units that stand the test of time, and is designed and constructed with the following accessibility and adaptability features.
Building and Common areas:
- Access from the street to the building main entrance
- Access from the private parking to the building lobby and elevators
- Building entrance intercom system with no user functions more than 4.5 ft. above the finished floor
- Access to all common facilities
- Common area corridors and passage ways providing access to adaptable dwelling unit entrances and common facilities will be a minimum of 4ft in width
- Doorways in accessible path of travel to common areas and facilities will have a clear width not less than 2.625 ft.
- Access to mailboxes in lobby
Adaptable Dwelling Units – Suite interior (most units):
- Within the adaptable dwelling unit, doorways providing access to common living areas, to one bathroom and to one bedroom will have a clear opening width of not less than 2.625 ft.
- Increased clear floor space on both sides of one bathroom and one bedroom door in adaptable dwelling units
- In the bathroom designated as adaptable dwelling unit bathroom the walls adjacent to the toilet and bathtub or shower shall accommodate the future installation of grab bars
- The kitchen in an adaptable dwelling unit is designed so that the range and sink are adjacent or have a continuous counter between them
- Electrical, telephone, cable and data outlets intended for use by the occupants are to be located between 1.5 ft. and 4 ft. above the floor
- Switches and controls intended for occupant use shall be located between 3 ft. and 4 ft. above the floor