Adaptive Kitchens

Anyone living with a disability or caring for individuals with physical difficulties may find navigating around a conventional style kitchen quite cumbersome. The benefits of adaptive kitchens can make all the difference when it comes to maintaining independence at home for these individuals.

The Americans with Disabilities Guidelines have very stringent federal guidelines that kitchen manufacturers and builder must adhere to in order to create a safe and accessible space for those with disabilities. Some of the provisions include dimensional tolerances, acceptable aisle widths, rescue space in the event of needed outside assistance, as well as proper entrance and exit dimensions for doors.

Remodeling Your Kitchen

Adaptive kitchen designs can be arranged in a variety of ways depending upon the specific consumer need. There are kitchen remodeling designs that can meet the needs of wheelchair-bound individuals, those short in stature, individuals who need extra room navigating with a handicap walker and as well as those who utilize electric scooters or carts for mobility.

Start by dividing your kitchen in sections that need to be accessed. Consider the spacing in the kitchen floor and then the height of countertops, faucets and cabinets. Once you have the larger aspects covered, work on kitchen accessories like pots, plates, pans, dishes and other helpful kitchen aids.

Some of the kitchen adaptations that are made to better suit individuals with disabilities are adjustable countertops, adaptive chopping boards, cabinet and shelving lifts, worktop lifts for sinks, as well as expandable table space for wheelchair access. The adjustments that are involved in creating adaptive kitchens are very individual-specific. Kitchen fixtures and appliances can be height adjusted for those of short stature as well.

Adaptive Cooking Aids In The Kitchen

In order to make cooking and eating easier for the disabled, there are aids widely available such as,

These are just a few of the handicap cooking aids found in a handicap kitchen.

Ideal Kitchen Sink For Wheelchair Users

One of the main issues a person using a wheelchair may encounter is inaccessibility of the kitchen sink. This can be the most important kitchen adaptation that a builder will face. Ideally, the sink should be designed with space beneath it for a wheelchair or seat. Similar to the pedestal sinks or wall mounted sinks that can be found in your bathroom, these accessible kitchen sinks must fulfill the needs of a wheelchair user by eliminating or reducing that space below. The pipes should be covered or positioned away from the legs. The design of the faucet should also be taken into consideration as to the shape and ease of use.

Individuals with disabilities desire to remain as independent as possible, regardless of the physical limitations that may be placed upon them. With a quality fabricated adaptive kitchen, keeping on this independent path can be made easier to obtain.