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Working in your kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom


Make your home safe and convenient

General 
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Kitchens

The Accessible Home Improvement of America has the following general suggestion for improving your kitchen:
  • Maneuvering space at doors: If in-swinging door obstructs a bathroom or kitchen fixture, use offset hinges, swing door out, hinge door on opposite jamb or widen doorway
  • Increase the number of electrical outlets for additional lighting and reachable appliances and alarm indicators
  • Clear floor space in kitchen with a minimum 60-inch turning circle
  • Lever style or adaptable handled faucets
  • Handles, not knobs, on cabinets and drawers
  • Adaptable cabinets to reveal knee space or lowered to a manageable height
Also consider:
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  • Read this good article from StrokeConnection magazine about kitchen makeovers.
  • The  Disabled World site has several kitchen gadgets for those with diminished hand function.
  • The One Hand Can site has a video about the essential tools of the one-handed kitchen.
  • Many types of adaptive eating utensils and devices are available (for example, see the EasierLiving.com site).

Bathrooms
First, read these helpful guides on bathing and toileting and watch this video for ideas:


Consider these items:
  • many items from Sammons Preston
  • toilet handles from Amazon (from Amazon)
  • portable urinal (from Amazon)
  • call button / bell (for emergency)
  • one-handed flosser
  • long-handled sponges 
  • a raised toilet seat
  • a 3-in-1 toilet chair
  • slippers for the shower
  • flip-top toothpaste tubes instead of screw-tops
  • grab bars at Home Depot (don't rely on towel racks!)
  • a tub/shower bench (from Amazon)
  • a hand-held shower head
  • a easily-read shower control, ideally with hot/cold color-coded

Bedrooms
Consider these:


  • a button hook
  • a zipper pull comes in handy too
  • a general reacher can be useful when dressing
  • a long-handled shoe horn
  • a sock aid (see below on how to use them)


How to use a sock aid: