Working in your kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom

Make your home safe and convenient

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Consider the following suggestions 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:
adaptive utensils

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

Consider these items:
  • many items from Performance Health website
  • 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 and Dressing
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: