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As we age we often discover that spaces in our home, such as the kitchen, can no longer not meet our needs as well as they once did. Thankfully, there are steps we can take to adapt these spaces to better meet our abilities as we age. The following are some ideas that can help make your kitchen more comfortable and user friendly.

1. Accessible Cabinet Design - Install drawers in cupboards that slide out to provide easy access to items in the back. Along the same idea, drawer-based dishwashers make loading and uploading dishes easier.

2. Flooring - Choose comfortable, non-slip materials such as cork, carpet or vinyl to reduce fatigue and increase safely. If you have a hard tile or hardwood floor, rubber mats can be used near sinks and other work areas.

3. Easy to use Plumbing Fixtures - Faucets with levers or motion detecting sensors instead of knobs can be more comfortable to use.

4. Task Lighting - Having good light in the kitchen is essential to safety and ease of use. Consider LED task lighting for a bright, unobtrusive light source that can be aimed right where it's needed.

With a little planning you can make your kitchen adapt to your needs so you can enjoy living in your home as you age.
As we age our kitchen and bathrooms can become less convenient and more hazardous. Slippery floors, hard to reach faucets and cabinets, poor lighting – all can create real challenges as we age. Thankfully, there are many ways to keep our homes safe and comfortable with plumbing fixtures that adapt to our needs rather the the other way around.

Aging In Place Plumbing

Here are a few plumbing ideas for aging in place.

Accessible Bathrooms For The Elderly and Disabled

For individuals who must be seated, vanities can be designed with knee clearance under fixtures and faucet handles that are closer in range. Plumbing fixtures are available that are operable with one hand, and don't require a tight grip or turning of the wrist. Careful placement of grab bars in bathtubs and showers can prevent slip and fall accidents.

Permanently fixed shower heads are rarely one-size-fit-all. Newer shower head designs come with a vertical sliding rail system that allows the tallest and shortest members of the household to adjust the shower head to the perfect height.

Comfort Height Toilets

Standard toilets are 14 to 15 inches high from floor to the top of bowl rim. Comfort height toilets have more comfortable heights closer to the height of a chair, from 16 to 17 inches high. The additional height can make it easier with persons having a limited range of motion or back problems.

Slip-resistance is another important consideration for providing safety in bathrooms. Many shower enclosures and bathtubs are now designed with traction surfaces, in both enamel and acrylic finishes.

Finally, good lighting is appreciated by everyone, but is essential for persons with visual impairment. Compact LED fixtures can be placed under cabinets, in showers and bath enclosures to create a well lit space.

Have questions about making your home's plumbing more comfortable and safer? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning. We're here to help.

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