Aging in place is a term that refers to staying in your home comfortably and safely, now and in the future. Americans of all ages value their ability to live independently. But without a plan in place, it can be hard to stay in control of your life.
When remodeling your kitchen, it is a good idea to think about your future needs. Adding universal design principals makes a kitchen more livable for everyone and more appealing when it is time to sell. Done right, universal design elements are desirer able and add value to your home. Furthermore, with a few modifications, you can create a kitchen where one can age gracefully.
Here are a few things you can do to make your kitchen more accessible.
Reconfigure the layout to make it more open. The walking aisles should be at least 42” wide and you should have a space that would accommodate a 60” turning radius.
- Your drawers should have full extension glides.
- Add pullout shelves pullout and lifts to your cabinets.
- Use large pulls and handles or d rings for your cabinetry hardware.
- Use appliances that have front position controls.
- Place your microwave so the controls are at or below 48”
These are just a few of the things that your kitchen designer should be talking to you about.