The health and productivity benefits of workplace ergonomics are well documented, including positive outcomes associated with accommodating the ergonomic needs of our aging workforce. And, just as ergonomics successfully adapts specific jobs and tasks to workers, good ergonomic design can also make many of our daily tasks and activities at home easier and safer.
Traditionally, ergonomic design for the home produced products and aids to help compensate for a medical condition. Poor vision, loss of strength, and decreased mobility, all have specific products to make life easier. These products are of course helpful and necessary to many folks in order to live their best lives at home.
There is now a design shift happening based on the realization that, regardless of age or health challenges, all of us will more easily and safely accomplish daily tasks by making use of ergonomics. This shift has resulted in ergonomic solutions designed to support activities such as cooking, eating, gardening, bathing, dressing, reading signs, reaching for something on a shelf, getting around the house, shopping, using a phone, doing housework, and taking medication.
Essentially, everyone wins with good ergonomic design – at work, and at home. Regardless of our age and abilities, ergonomic design has evolved to help provide us all with a safe, more comfortable, and better quality of daily life.