Handicap Accessible Kitchens:
kitchen is heart of the home and is often the main gathering place
for the family. The kitchens in the accessible homes we install
are designed to serve as totally accessible working areas for
disabled residents, while maintaining a traditional appearance.
An accessible home kitchen will aid not only the disabled, but
also make the kitchen safer and easier to use for the entire family.
Call Accessible Home Consultants of Cleveland,
Ohio for professional assistance with your accessible kitchen
needs at (440) 871-5555.
We install cabinets and countertops at a shorter than normal height,
install sinks with shallow basins and single lever controls are
installed for comfortable use. Cabinets can be installed with
roll-under countertop space for food preparation or eating. Lower
cabinets feature pullout drawers which unlike traditional cabinets
enable people with disabilities to utilize the entire cabinet.
Larger toe-kicks are installed so people in wheelchairs do not
injure their feet. Some items to consider for accessibility are:
REV-A-SHELF® PULL DOWN SHELVES
No need to drag a chair into the kitchen to reach into your wall
cabinet! Pull-down shelves bring hard-to-reach items down 10"
while pulling out 14-3/4" from the cabinet. This functional
pullout features a unique gas assisted lifting/lowering mechanism
that provides unparalleled stability through the entire range of
motion and the arms lock into the down position for complete accessibility.
Roll Under Cook-Tops:
Roll under cook-top, oven with side door
and pull out shelves
Wheelchairs can easily roll under the cooktops we install
so that cooking areas and controls are within reach.
Pull Out Cabinets:
We install Rev-A-Shelf pull-out base cabinets
to make it easier to access everything in your kitchen. The base
cabinet pull-outs are available in a variety of sizes to suit every
need. Base cabinet organizers can also be added for easy access
to everything you need in your kitchen.
(vs. rear) controls on all appliances (if no small children) avoid
"over"-reaching; larger knobs and large-print overlays
also useful. Raised dishwasher or dish drawers for no-stoop, no-bend
un/loading. Range wall oven installed with middle shelf at counter
height. Microwave oven about waist-high with landing space, to
avoid scalding when reaching up for too-hot containers that tip
when pain hits. Side-by-side, frost-free refrigerator/freezer
allows full, dual access to all cabinets.
Cushioned material such as cork or vinyl that
will minimize leg fatigue for the elderly or people with leg or
lower back pain. A non-slip finish will help those using crutches,
a walker or wheelchair.
Under cabinet lighting and adding contrasting
borders around the edge of rooms, counters and islands will make
life easier for the cook with limited vision.
Use single lever style faucets that are smooth
and easy to adjust. A hot water dispenser installed at the sink
will make it easy to prepare coffee, tea, or soup without having
to turn on the stove.