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Throughout our lives, the kitchen is often a central place for family interaction and activity. As we age, however, daily tasks such as preparing and cooking food may become more difficult to do. Scroll down to learn about common problem areas in the kitchen and solutions to make your kitchen more supportive.

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Click the arrows below to learn about common problems related to safe and supportive aging in the kitchen, and solutions that can address them. Explore the Solutions Gallery to view photos from actual homes that demonstrate how design and product changes can support independent living. 
Please note: the photographs on this website represent possible solutions to various challenges and should not be taken without consideration of individuals’ specific needs and environments. Obtaining professional advice and/or assessment is strongly recommended before making changes to the home.

Solutions

Add shelves and hooks under cabinets, or install a wall rack.

Install drawer organizers and pull-out shelving.

Use lever or U-shaped pulls or handles or touch latches.

Place heavier and frequently used items within easy reach.

Elevate the wall oven.

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Install task lighting where food is prepared. Ensure lighting is non-glare and non-reflective.

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Use a stool for sitting while completing tasks.

Install variable height countertops.

Create round corners on all countertops.

Install a faucet with a single-lever handle that is easy to turn on and off.

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