By Anna Hazard
Besides refrigeration, one of the main functions of the kitchen revolves around the use of standard ovens, ranges, stovetops, and cooktops when it comes to cooking. As this area is also one of the main locations for kitchen accidents (in particular burns and fires), particular attention should be paid to it and various safety options available when it comes to accessibility and aging-in-place.
Since the most optimal choices regarding universal design for ovens & cooktops are not ones that are commonly installed in standard kitchens, this is a prime area for remodeling when the time comes to make adjustments for an older or more health handicapped user.
By Mollie Wilson
While it’s not something many people like to think or talk about, it’s also one of the sad facts of life-- as you age and begin to take on the exciting new adventures of life, your parents are aging as well. And while we all hope it will be later rather than sooner, eventually most children end up having to care for an aging parent.
Be it in their own home or in their parent's home, it’s one of the more stressful and trying times in a person’s life. The person you looked up to, who cared for you, who was your superman or superwoman, is struggling, in pain, or just generally needs help and support as they age, and that’s not easy to come to terms with. Couple that with the fact that many of the tasks an elder needs can be exhausting and constant, and any sane person, no matter how much they love their parent, would become stressed and over worked.
One of the most important factors to successfully caring for an elderly parent is also caring for yourself. This can sometimes be a difficult task for some people, as they feel selfish for thinking of themselves when their loved one is struggling and going through such a difficult time. However, the reality is that you’re going to be a better caregiver and a better child to your parent if you make sure to care of yourself and keep your own mental health in a positive and stress-free place.
If this is the point that your life is at right now, or you’re concerned it might be soon, be sure to follow these top tips for caring for yourself while also caring for your ‘experienced’ parent.
By Anna Hazard
One of the main options when it comes to remodeling or retrofitting a kitchen for aging in place is to switch out current appliances for those that are easier to use and more accessible to users with a wider range of mobility and health issues.
Besides general overall tips that should be kept in mind when buying any type of appliance, this particular section focuses on the larger and costlier apparatuses such as refrigerators, freezers, and washing machines. These types of machines may take longer and be more complicated to replace and thus should be attended to before a potential user's health has deteriorated to the point where a normal, non-accessible version can no longer be properly operated.
By Anna Hazard
As much of the bulk of the kitchen area is taken up by counters, countertops, shelving, and cabinetry, these are very important room features that need to be taken into account when it comes to modifying a home for aging-in-place and accessibility. In addition, these areas are often involved in a high percentage of kitchen accidents, whether it's hand injuries while working at a improperly lit counter, bruises due to running into a prominent countertop or cabinet edge, or by falling or knocking over items while stretching for an out-of-reach shelf or drawer.
While a complete counter or cabinet overhaul can be expensive (to the tune of thousands to tens of thousands of dollars depending upon the exact style & features), there are also many lower cost options that can increase room safety and ease of use while not breaking the bank.
By Anna Hazard
Besides the general layout, HVAC, and electrical systems present within the kitchen, other location wide specifications such as lighting level & placement as well as the area flooring should also be taken into consideration when it comes to aging-in-place and accessibility. This is especially true for the kitchen which has certain issues (such as the performing of more dangerous tasks in the area as well as the greater potential for spills and other messes) in addition to the more general considerations of other household rooms.
In addition, while its potential modification is often overlooked in comparison to other equipment, the kitchen sink, faucet, and basin area can be retrofitted to help prevent any future accessibility or safety issues.
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