Smarthome, Inc.

Age in Place Kitchen

The kitchen is a sacred space.

– Marc Forgione

8 Basic Kitchen Items for Aging in Place

  1. Lazy Susan inside a deep corner cabinet
  2. Slide-out Shelves
  3. Full-sized oven mitts (not hot pads)
  4. Large Handled Utensils (OXO)
  5. Stepstool w/ Hand-rest and good floor traction
  6. Under-counter Jar Opener
  7. GFCI Electrical Receptacles
  8. Fire Extinguisher and posted emergency/neighbor’s numbers in LARGE PRINT

 Top 10 Aging in Place Kitchen Fixes

    1. 1. Flooring: Non-Glare flooring with a commercial rubber mat with a smooth transition for an anti-fatigue, non-skid surface
    1. 2. Cabinets: Age-friendly products can be installed in existing cabinets for increased ease of access to stored goods
    1. 3. Hardware: Exchanging knobs for D-shaped pulls (easier for clients with arthritis)
    1. 4. Countertops: One counter that is 28″-32″ high for sitting, knee space 30” wide/27” high
    1. 5. Sink: A double-offset basin sink with 1 smaller bowl that measures 6.5” in depth or less (allows seated
    1. users ease of use) leave space beneath the sink free so someone sitting or in a wheelchair can use it comfortably
    1. 6. Faucet: A hands-free or lever-handled faucet, mounted on the side to limit reaching, with a long hose pull-out sprayer, incorporate an anti-scald device to keep people from getting burned
    1. 7. Lighting: Add under-cabinet T8 light strips, which evenly distribute light and reduce glare; Shadow-free overall illumination (ambient light); strong-focused task lighting to ease tasks; shields or diffusers on bulbs to minimize glare; bulbs that will show colors accurately; easy access to switches and fixtures for safety and maintenance; nightlights all over the house
    1. 8. Bulbs: If a loved one has low vision consider a “full spectrum” CFL bulb, this type of bulb increases contrast and clarity and reduces glare
    1. 9. Doors: Install expandable door hinges and change knobs with lever pulls
    1. 10. Appliances: Replace old with new Universal Design drawer refrigerators and microwaves, 9” kic-plate elevated built-in dishwashers, raised front-load washer/dryers, roll-out shelves

  1. I Love #6 the HandsFree faucet! 

Products Patrick Likes

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The style and technology exceed my expectations. I was nervous about buying a faucet for this price but I’m so happy that I did. It’s only been about 2 weeks using it but already I’m spoiled by the touch on – touch off technology!

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Bonus:

  1. I Love #10 because there are such beautiful UD Appliances now out on the market!

Snaidero Universal Design Kitchens

I Love Design where form meets function beautifully.

~Patrick