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For February 2014:

How to make kitchens more accessible

In dealing with this question, I'd like to consider the following types of persons; seniors, and those who are either totally blind or have some vision. I believe that my suggestions will also benefit many others.

  1. All cupboards and shelves should be easily reachable. This may not be always possible but we can only try.
  2. All cupboard doors should be outfitted with handles that are easy to grasp. If knobs are used then these should be easy to grip as well.
  3. Shelves should be made in such a way so as to enable those accessing them to do so without too much difficulty. That is, that they do not have to stretch too far to find what they are looking for.
  4. Drawers should not be made too deep and too wide.
  5. Kitchen floors should not be constructed with tiles that are slippery. That is, that the tiles should be skid proof. In addition, you should consider trying to make things easy for the owner of the kitchen to handle anything that may fall and break in the easiest way possible.
  6. Appliances should be easily accessible with enough room made for persons to maneuver around.
  7. Lighting should be bright and lights placed in appropriate spots in the kitchen so as to enable persons to be able to see what they are doing.
  8. Counter space should be easy to access and counters should not be made too wide.
  9. Sinks should be easy to access and should not be too deep.

Of course, there are several more suggestions that I could offer but this should be a good start.

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