Kitchen Accessibility for All
There are many ways to improve the accessibility of your kitchen; some simple, others complex. Below you’ll find some examples and suggestions that can make your kitchen safe and accessible for everyone.
- Small rugs and mats in the kitchen should be avoided because they are a tripping hazard and an obstacle for many people who use mobility devices.
- A kitchen for someone who uses a walker or wheelchair should allow manoeuvring space of 750 x 1,200 mm (30 x 47 in.) in front of controls, work areas and appliances. This work area can be part of the overall required minimum manoeuvring space of 1,500 x 1,500 mm (59 x 59 in.) in the work triangle.
- Power wheelchair and scooter users need a larger turning radius and the required minimum manoeuvring space is 1,800 x 1,800 mm (71 x 71 in.).
- Although a notice board is a useful feature for everyone, it is of particular benefit to people whose cognitive abilities are changing or who are losing their memory. Post reminders and safety notes on the board.
- Rounded or bull-nose edges on counters increase safety by eliminating the danger of sharp corners.
Source: CMHCCategories: In the Kitchen