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: CMHC

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