If you are like most of us and not getting any younger, consider adding features to your kitchen that will ease the transition to the Golden Years. Rollout shelves reduce stooping and bending; raising the dishwasher an extra few inches does too. Add a heatproof landing area next to the oven and stove to reduce cross-kitchen carting of heavy pots and hot pans.
Telecommunications relay services are a way to link telephone conversations between individuals who use standard, voice telephones and individuals who use TTYs. Relay services allow hearing and speaking individuals to call TTY numbers and allow individuals with hearing or speech impairments to call voice telephone numbers. Calls can be made from either type of telephone to the other type through the relay service.
In retrofitting a home, it is important to consider the needs of anyone in the household who may use a wheelchair. Disabilities can make it difficult or impossible to carry out routine activities around the home.
A recent article in Builder magazine called attention to the Wounded Warrior Home Project, the brain child of architect Michael Graves. Graves -- who himself has been paralyzed since 2003 -- wanted to design an accessible home that met the…
Designing and building a home that meets the accessibility needs of its occupants is a multi-step process. Overlooking even the smallest detail can spell frustration to those navigating the home in a wheelchair.
Certain qualities are necessary for a door to be considered suitable for accessibility purposes.
Ease of window operation depends on size, installation location and opening and closing function.
Successfully designed accessible outdoor rooms and spaces marry function and aesthetics.
Grab bars come in many finish, material and size options. For the most part selection of grab bars comes down to cost and personal preference.
Here's how to make a kitchen accessible while also accommodating the needs of other family members.