Aging in place in your kitchen is vital element to the overall concept of aging in place, which of course addresses the desire to remain in our homes as we grow into our very senior years.
It’s an important concept in Southwest Florida – as it is in other retirement regions across the U.S. – and one which should be seriously considered and studied when many of us look at home remodeling. Members of “The Greatest Generation” as well as members of the “Baby Boomers” increasingly face the sometimes difficult issues associated with growing older.
If we’re looking at a remodeling project in our homes and if we are facing those wonderful senior years of our lives we really should take a serious look at our kitchens and how a remodeling project can make life easier down the road. Reach out to us; we can help you plan and build the remodel of your dreams.
Fortunately for us, Houzz contributor Sam Ferris took a look aging-in-place issues for kitchens and has some wonderful suggestions, which we will share. (Oh, and you can find us on Houzz, too, right here.)
Ferris’ tips make sense – maybe for all of us but certainly for those of us growing older and wanting to remain in our homes
First, he suggests, any kitchen remodeling project should include the installation of pullout pantry.
“Besides being convenient, drawers that give you easy access to your canned goods and cereal boxes also put less strain on your back and knees,” Ferris writes. “You can even use the pullouts to store heavy portable appliances, such as blenders, slow cookers and toasters.”
Round all the edges in the kitchen, too.
“The last thing you want is to hit your hip or elbow on a sharp corner as you’re maneuvering in your kitchen,” he posts. “Round edges lessen the likelihood of bumps and bruises.”
A shallow sink is a good idea and it should be close to the refrigerator.
“As we age, it’s harder on our arms and backs to carry big pots full of water to and from the cooktop,” Ferris points out. “If any spills on the way, it becomes a slipping hazard.”
Keep the microwave and other appliances at counter-top level and leave the appliance “frills” to others.
“Designing an age-proof kitchen isn’t the time to get fancy with decorative legs, ornate refrigerator panels or angled counters,” he writes. “Though these eye-catchers add personality, they can transform your space into an obstacle course. You’re more prone to bump your knees, legs and hips on appliances and cabinetry details that jut out from the counter.”
Ferris has other great suggestions – like making full use of corners and installing slip-resistant flooring – and you can find those suggestions and read his complete piece here: