Creative Kitchen and Bath
May, 2017

       -  Baby Boomer Renovations Part 1


Remodeling your home for aging in place doesn't have to be an unfortunate necessity. It's the perfect opportunity to make your home better and safer.  
Microwave:    Place the microwave at or below counter height. Whether your microwave is free-standing or built in, having it at counter height is best for your back since it minimizes bending and reaching above your shoulders.

Cabinet Hardware:  Whether our hands are wet or afflicted with arthritis, small round knobs on cabinet drawers and doors can present difficulties. Cabinets without any pulls at all are also troublesome. They may look sleek and clean-lined, but each door and drawer requires a special tug that can be frustrating. D-shaped pulls and handles solve both problems. The right pull or handle makes it easy to tuck a finger or two and open a drawer or cupboard. Interior designers often describe cabinet hardware as "jewelry" as they dress up any kitchen decor. Adding new pulls and handles is a quick way to update a kitchen while making it more comfortable and convenient to use. These days there are hundreds of attractive, yet functional, options to suit most any kitchen style

Induction Cooking:  
You don't have to have Alzheimer's to forget food cooking on the stove.  Stress or the effects of medication can play havoc with short-term memory.  And, sometimes, it is unsafe behaviors such as leaving a pot of food cooking on the stove unattended that's the danger. 

Induction cooking is a different cooking method that uses a magnetic field to heat the cookware (there is no gas, flame, or hot surface). Only the pan and its contents are heated - not the cooktop surface. The control system shuts down the element if a pot is not present or not large enough. Induction cookers are easy to clean because the cooking surface is flat and smooth and does not get hot enough to make spilled food burn and stick.
Available as a range or cooktop.

Here are a few other tips to improve the safety of your kitchen:
  • Install smoke alarms throughout the house
  • Keep the appropriate & up-to-date fire extinguishers in the kitchen
  • Use electric appliances that have an auto-shutoff function

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