Homeowners of any age or handicap can benefit by incorporating innovative designs into their home improvement plans, creating not only a stylish environment reflective of how they live today, but also a safe and comfortable home for years to come. Following are home modification suggestions for two key areas of any home, the kitchen and bath:
In The Kitchen
- Under-cabinet task lighting brightens counter tops, lessening eyestrain.
- Pull-down shelving removes effort from pantry access.
- Slide-out drawers eliminate the need to twist or bend to access pots and pans.
- Elevated dishwashers reduce stooping or bending.
- "D" shaped cabinet and drawer pulls are easier to grasp.
- Anti-scald faucets reduce the risk of hot water burns for everyone.
- 36 inch counter top heights reduces back strain and promotes easier access.
- Adjustable counter tops offer added flexibility and convenience of access.
- Softer, natural flooring reduces back and foot strain for periods of standing.
In The Bath
- Motion-sensing faucets are ideal for those suffering with arthritis.
- Sinks and vanities should be placed at a comfortable height.
- Lever style handles on faucets and doors make it easier at any age.
- Smooth counter edges prevent bumps and bruises.
- Strategically placed grab bars in the shower reduce fall risk for both young and old.
- 17 inch toilet height offers maximum ease and comfort.
- Bath and shower chairs or built-in benches add extra comfort and convenience for all.
Many of these suggested improvements are required for the handicap homeowner however, they all have beneficial uses for everyone in the home with or without disabilities and of any age.