Wheelchair Accessible Kitchen
The kitchen is the most needed space in the home, and creating a wheelchair accessible kitchen is especially important because of the special consideration for comfort for disabled people. The most difficult spaces in the kitchen in terms of accessibility are the sinks, the cabinets, the worktops, and the counters. It is advisable to consider these areas when providing the conditions for wheelchair accessibility.
One of the prime criteria for a wheelchair accessible kitchen is the sufficient space for turning and the clear space of the floor. Furthermore, in kitchens which should be wheelchair accessible, the appliances, cabinets, etc. should be mounted at accessible heights. The manufacturing of new products which offer new style and vaster functionality is essential for the purposes of providing wheelchair access.
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Kitchen worktops should be mounted at sufficiently accessible heights, approximately equal to the height of wheelchair armrests. There should also be sufficient space to allow comfort for the knees.
The sink in a wheelchair accessible kitchen should be shallow, in order to enable the person using it to do the washing or rinsing comfortably, and the tap should preferably be a single lever, to enable easy operation.
The kitchen cabinets should be mounted at a lower height, close to the kitchen worktop, and there should also be pull out boards for cutting purposes, as well as slide out shelves, baskets, or drawers.
The appliances in a wheelchair accessible kitchen should also be mounted at lower heights, and cooking ranges should have slanted panels with recessed knobs for easy holding and turning. Ovens should be accessible from either side, or should have side hinged doors. Dishwashers should also be accessible from either side.
Another indispensable feature for a wheelchair accessible kitchen is the ease of opening of windows, which one option is using remote controlled.