Design for Elderly and Disabled Environments: Windows Part 3 of 10 Making Homes More Comfortable and Accessible
Single & Double Hung Windows Sliding Windows Casement Windows Awning Windows Additional Changes Accessible Windows Contents
Single & Double Hung Windows • Common Problems • Often locks are located out of reach. • User must lift weight of window.
Sliding Windows • A slider can be operated from a seated position. • Locks are usually located at the bottom of the frame. • Avoid models with small recessed locks. • Select slider with loop, lever, or blade handles.
Casement Windows • Typically are the easiest for most people. • Models with large easy to grip cranks are preferable. • Locks located near sill are easy to reach.
Awning Windows • Combined locking and operating mechanism within easy reach.
Additional Changes • Install Auxiliary loop handles • Install custom-made window inserts • Use lock adapters • Install power operators
Accessible Windows • Mount so that all handles, locks, or power controls can be reached from a seated position. • Provide adequate clear floor space for wheelchair.