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Accessible housing

Thanks to technological advances, accessible housing has enabled independent living for people with mobility problems or illnesses. Although it is true that accessible housing still has a long way to go, projects such as the "Smart, Accessible and Sustainable Home" from Fundación Once appear to be moving in the right direction.

This project has also been carried out with the collaboration of the Royal Board on Disability, the ACS Foundation, Ugari Geriátrica, Fermax, Samsung and Otis. Specifically, it is a type of home designed to a real scale and has a living room, a dressing room, a 'hallway', an office, a dining room, a kitchen and a bathroom that are perfectly adapted to people with mobility problems.

The main goal of this project is to raise awareness in the housing sector and the society as a whole. This type of housing for the disabled will, therefore, be shown at the International Real Estate Exhibition in Madrid, better known as SIMA. As stated by its promoters, the measures adopted for the disabled can make a real difference in their lives as they will be able to live on their own without the need to be admitted to a care home.

Just take a look at the kitchen in this accessible home as an example. Here the furniture is in various heights, while the countertops are flexible, the same as the dining table. It also has forks and knives that are all in one and tableware designed specifically for the disabled as well as adaptable ironing boards and integrated shower seats. In summary, it has everything necessary for these people to be able to stand on their own or, failing that, with as minimum amount of help as possible.

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Safety is also another key point in the SIMA accessible housing project. Special attention has been given to the fall protection carpets. Specifically, they have a receiver connected to a mobile application that warns if someone touches them with the purpose of preventing accidents. If this occurs, they will set off the alarm and facilitate the opening of the home's doors via the app.

Continuing with the issue of the doors, people with hearing problems are faced with the fact that, when someone knocks on the door, light beacons will light up around important places. Those with moving difficulties can see who is on the other side of the door through their mobile application before opening the door if they deem it necessary.

When all these measures are correctly applied, they can definitely achieve affordable housing for all those who need it most. In addition, the great attraction of accessible housing is that it is not only useful for those who have some type of disability, but for everyone else too. This is the reason why it is expected that in the near future, the implementation of these special features in the house can reach all households that need such facilities.

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