It’s not surprising that people’s needs vary so much – even when they live in close proximity to each other. It would be more surprising if this wasn’t the case.
Therefore, we have to create individual improvement plans for each potential client we engage. They have differing physical needs and requirements. Some are just aging normally with few other complaints or issues. Some have progressive conditions that require the input of health care professionals before deciding on a course of action and proceeding with a design solution.
Even for a similar need, the approaches can be different. For someone with a mobility issue that impacts how they can get into their home, part of the design takes into account whether they are using any type of mobility assistance or device such as a cane, crutches, walker, or wheelchair. It they are not but have difficulty with a major joint such as their hip or knee, this could result in a different type of solution.
In these instances, we might suggest a ramp, an inclined or sloped walkway or changing any steps that might be present to ones with a lower riser. Part of the suggested solution is going to depend on what the client wants and likes, what their budget is, what they think others might say about the design, what the local building department has to say about it, and how it will look when completed. This obviously varies by the home, neighborhood, physical location, and client.
No two solutions are likely to be identical because of all that goes into determining what works, what is required, and what is necessary in a given situation. There might be similarities, but replicating a specific solution from job-to-job would not be expected.