Signature Homes build for those with intellectual disabilities

“Future proofing is one of the key principals that attracted us to working with the Lifemark™ standards when building our new homes”

Signature Homes Waikato built this 5-star Lifemark™ home in Waikato, for residents with intellectual disabilities and traumatic brain injuries, on behalf of Aspire Community Support.

Simone Molenaar, CEO of Aspire Community Support, said: “We believe in people living life to the fullest and the new house enables us to provide a quality home environment for people we support.

“Because we offer our service to people with varying levels of support, and these can change over time by using the Lifemark™ philosophy we know that it will work for people now and in the future. We needed to work with an organisation that understood the unique needs of the people living in the home.

“The design of the house includes many accessible features such as easily reachable power points, taps, window latches and light switches. The house features plenty of storage for equipment and large walk in wardrobes. Storage is critical for us – both from a safety factor and for ease of access around the house.

“The house features five bedrooms and an open-plan kitchen/dining area leading onto a large deck. Downstairs there is a self-contained flat with two bedrooms. The house is all one level enabling people to access all areas – especially the living areas which are the heart of the home

“The design of the kitchen is totally accessible for all people – from a low level induction oven and sink, a fully accessible butler’s pantry, cupboards and appliances to a breakfast bar designed to accommodate all mobility needs.”

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