Aging in Place Kitchen Design
Many adults choose to stay in their homes as they advance into the older stages of their lives. This ensures the utmost comfort and convenience. As one of the most important parts of the home, the kitchen should be efficient and safe. And with the right design, achieving this is easy.
A well-thought out kitchen design can seamlessly complement the lifestyle of older adults and seniors and make everyday living easy. Whether you’re aging in place at home or simply want a more efficient kitchen to improve your comfort and match a more relaxed lifestyle, all you need is a custom design!
Custom Kitchen Design Ideas for Older Adults
You have a number of options for an age-in-place design. Consider some of the following—and discuss them with a custom kitchen design professional:
- Wheelchair accessibility: As seniors age, they may end up needing to use a wheelchair. If this is the case for your senior loved ones you’ll want them to have the best wheelchair available so here is a great guide of the best electric options. But if they are in a wheelchair, you will need to make sure they are still able to access all the things they need in the kitchen. There is plenty you can do to make a kitchen more wheelchair-friendly. Countertops and cabinets at lower levels can be helpful, as can base cabinets that open to accommodate a wheelchair—such as by the sink. Multi-height countertops are another option.
- Easy-to-reach appliances: Make sure appliances are accessible. It’s easy to put appliances like ovens and microwaves at lower levels than they traditionally are. Built-in speed ovens and microwave drawers are convenient and easier to operate.
- Good lighting: Recessed lights on the ceiling may not be enough. Brighten the kitchen even more with good task lighting above work spaces. Other good places to light are entryways and inside pantries and storage cabinets.
- Large hardware: Turning knobs can be difficult for some older folks, so replacing cabinet knobs with oversized pulls is simple, yet highly effective for an aging in place kitchen design. Faucets that are easier on the hands—like models with levers—are also better for those with arthritis or who have trouble reaching long distances.
- Safe flooring: Not only is non-slip flooring essential, but also consider the tripping hazard area rugs can present. Materials to avoid are stone (like marble) and ceramic.
- Windows: Windows can help brighten a kitchen by letting in natural light, but certain types of windows are better for adults who want to age in place at home. The best choices are windows that can be opened and closed easily.
- Space: Make sure the kitchen has enough space. There should be ample room between countertop surfaces to make getting around easier, especially for those in wheelchairs and who use walkers and canes.
Age-Friendly Kitchen Design in Maryland
If you live in Maryland, Washington, DC, or Northern Virginia and are interested in a custom kitchen design that can complement your more advanced stages of living, Jack Rosen can help. Our award-winning design team has created numerous kitchens that accommodate different lifestyles and needs.
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