An accessible kitchen, sometimes called a disabled kitchen, has been modified to remove barriers and enhance safety for those with physical limitations, the elderly, and those recovering from injuries.
There are a wide variety of accessible appliances and modifications available for those with limited mobility.
For many people who have mobility and balance problems, kitchens for disabled people can change their lives for the better and give them a sense of independence.
Why are Accessible
The kitchen can be a frustrating place for those who experience limited mobility, lack of balance, or other physical issues. Reaching things you want, trying to wash a dish, or putting a pot on the stove can all be almost impossible for some people.
In these cases, many people with mobility issues need to live with someone who can complete household tasks, or live in a facility where assistance is readily available.
With the correct modifications, the elderly and disabled can maintain independence without sacrificing their safety. If you or a loved one struggles while working in the kitchen, contact AccessAble Home Modifications. Our accessibility experts have years of experience with disabled kitchen design in Australia. Their work can give you back your freedom.
Accessible Kitchens Important?
AccessAble Home Modifications can install a variety of disabled kitchen equipment based upon your exact needs. Some examples include:
- Baseless countertops for wheelchair access
- Customised low cabinets to suit specific need
- Install movable shelves into existing kitchen cabinets
- Install side or bottom opening ovens to prevent accidents
- Non-slip flooring to prevent slips and falls
- Pull-down shelves/pot drawers for easy reach
- Specialised low sinks
- Thermostatic taps to prevent scalding
- Widen doors & entryways for wheelchair access
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We Use Universal Design Plans and Products in ALL Accessibility Modifications
What Height Should Benchtops Be for a Disabled Kitchen?
The recommended height for benchtops in a disabled kitchen is 800mm tall. However, we consult with a licensed occupational therapist to ensure that the benchtops are appropriate for the client’s height as well as the size of the wheelchair.
Are There Range Hoods That Can Be Operated by Remote Control?
While this would be a helpful development, as of now, no range hoods can operate by remote control. However, induction cooktops can interact with the range hood and have buttons on the cooktop to control the range hood.
What is the Safest Type of Cooktop for a Disabled Kitchen?
Because the cooktop is not hot to the touch, we recommend induction cooktops in disabled kitchens. The underside of the cooktop must be insulated to prevent excessive heat and burns on people’s legs.
What is the Safest Oven for a Disabled Kitchen?
Because it offers a superior design at a reasonable price, we recommend the side-opening oven for a disabled kitchen. The positioning of the door on the side increases safety because a wheelchair can sit beside the open oven, and the hot door is not between the cook and the oven. When needed, we build a heat-proof, shallow drawer underneath. Doing so allows the door to be opened and the food removed. The food can safely move to the tray in the drawer, and the oven is closed. Then the food can be transferred to the meal prep area.
A side-opening oven is the most practical (including cost) for a disabled kitchen. The door is out of the way instead of being directly between the client in the wheelchair and the oven itself. In some cases
Is a Sink for a Disabled Kitchen Different from a Standard Sink?
The sinks we install in disabled kitchens are different from standard sinks. These sinks slope down from the front. This allows enough space for someone in a wheelchair to have legroom. Additionally, we take an extra step and insulate the hot water pipes. By insulating the pipes, we guard against burns and overexposure to heat.
Where Do You Do Meal Prep in a Disabled Kitchen?
When planning our modifications for a disabled kitchen, we account for the space necessary for food preparation. We prepare for a space in the kitchen, approximately 800-900mm wide and suitably low enough, so a wheelchair slides underneath for meal prep. Over the years, we learned that the meal prep area is most useful when placed next to the dishwasher. The positioning simplifies loading the dirty dishes as the client finishes with them. Additionally, clean dishes can stack on the meal prep area before being put away.