Lifelong Homes

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The Lifelong Homes program empowers Centennial communities to enjoy more social, manageable, healthier, and friendlier lives. This page provides more information on the topics and resources residents may need to create a Lifelong Home through innovative access to resources that enable an inclusive and equal playing field for all. 

Homes for Everyone

The Lifelong Homes program supplies a five-fold Universal Design (UD) guide and supplemental assessment for residents to apply and consider in their home renovations and throughout the building process. UD provides residents with a blueprint for creating flexible construction, customized to meet individual needs when adequately considered and implemented. In short, UD empowers residents to stay in their homes longer and lead a better quality of life.

Lifelong Homes UD Guide

The UD guide is a dynamic tool to help users understand the five critical focus areas when planning, prioritizing, and implementing home constructions. As a result, residents have a holistic view of potential home improvement requirements.  

The Five Areas of Focus

The Lifelong Homes program considers criteria across five key focus areas to provide various home benefits for occupants, which include:

  1. Visitability
  2. Design & Adaptability 
  3. Health, Safety & Wellness
  4. Affordability & Maintenance
  5. Community Context

Accompanying Assessment

The most helpful way to use the assessment is as a supplement when reviewing the five area guides available below. Completing it helps residents learn and identify the aspects of UD applicable to your home construction needs.

For example, suppose you are planning a home build or have an extensive renovation project. An assessment can provide a convenient way to talk with your team of professionals (such as designers, contractors, realtors, etc.) about strategies and decisions you want to consider in the process. 

Assessment and Guides

The following guide is broken into five focus areas: an interactive way to access information and examples of UD application benefits. Please consider beginning with the assessment and referencing focus areas as applicable to your needs and interest.

More About Lifelong Homes

The following topics provide more information about the need, frequently asked questions (FAQs) for, and videos surrounding Centennial Lifelong Homes. Learn more about topics of interest by clicking on its drop-down title to access information. 

The Need to Rethink our Homes

The Need? Did you know the construction of the majority of Centennial’s homes happened in the 1970s and 1980s? As a result, many City residents find their homes less comfortable and adaptable to the varying needs of an average household today. Furthermore, applying learnings of the past two decades highlights how home environments significantly impact overall health and life longevity.

The Call to Action: Aging homes inadequately serve structures and needs today. Lifelong Home building programs champion communities to revisit their home renovations and rethink their home building process to apply Universal Design (UD) elements for increased home livability. With UD considerations and changes implemented, communities often find life crises and change less fearsome and financially draining. What’s more, Lifelong Homes help to make the entire Centennial community more accessible and inclusive for everyone.


Who Benefits? Many different people can benefit from the features of Lifelong Homes including young families, older adult family members, people living with injuries or disabilities, and really … anyone! Features such as wider and more open doors and spaces, easily operable switches and handles, good lighting, and healthy air make life better for all. Other features can add flexibility and adaptability to your home so that you’re ready to accommodate whatever needs you, your family or visitors may face. It is time to rethink how our homes can work for us, helping us to live our best lives now and in the future.

What is Universal Design (UD)? UD refers to products and environments that are accessible to all people across the different spectrums of age and ability and allows individuals to live comfortably at any stage of life. The City of Centennial strives for its residents to live comfortably and remain in the community. Therefore, the City encourages residents to learn about adding UD features in their homes as appropriate.

Centennial Lifelong Homes Partners

The City of Centennial is able to offer its Lifelong Homes program and resources through partnership with the partners listed below.  

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