Common Barriers Kitchen sink requires users to stand. Knob handles on cabinets and faucets limit usage. Controls for lights and fan on hood. Cooking appliance controls on rear of unit. Limited floor spacing for mobility aids.
Common Barriers Freezer space is out of reach. Shelves in pantry are too deep and out of reach. Microwave in awkward location. Wall cabinets shelves are too high. Receptacle & switch are too high.
Remodeled Kitchen New receptacles & switches at accessible locations. Rolling carts for storage space and accessibility.
Sinks When replacing existing faucet handles, use lever or asymmetrical models.
Sink Consider a model with shallow basin and drain located at the rear of the bowl. Consider adding a tub bend to move the pipe and trap. Consider fabricating a removable base cabinet.
Ranges Easy-to-use front mounted controls eliminate reaching across burners. Self-cleaning model eliminates reaching to the rear of oven.
Cook Tops Consider cook top models with staggered burners. Flush tops rather than raised burners can provide convenient use.
Ventilation Hoods Controls for ventilation hood range & cook top should be easy to use & operate. Consider installing auxiliary controls.
Wall & Microwave Ovens Consider installing pull- out shelves. Movement of pans
Wall & Microwave Ovens
Consider using new self cleaning wall ovens. Consider making the base cabinet removable for added knee space.
Refrigerators Consider replacing an old refrigerator with a side-by-side model. Consider a model with a bottom freezer. Consider a model with an ice and water dispenser. Select a refrigerator with pull-out shelves & trays.
Cabinets/storage Consider loop handles that do not require twisting of the wrist. Consider using full extension drawer slides Consider revolving or extending semicircular shelves. Consider installing some banks of full extension drawers.
Cabinets/storage Consider using pull-out or down shelves. Consider placing cabinets with the bottom shelf no more than 48 inches off the ground, which is accessible for more people.
Countertops Consider mounting countertops at more than one level.
Use adjustable counters that can be set for different heights. Consider contrasting edging on countertops.
Additional Changes Use hanging racks Use rolling carts Install sliding, revolving, pull-down, and/or motorized shelves. Use knob adapters