arise to build, remodel, or replace equipment in the home, select these features
to increase convenience and comfort.
carpeting makes maneuvering easier for persons who use wheelchairs or
wall switches, phones, and temperature controls
located at waist level can be reached from seated or standing positions.
rocker switches turn lights on and off with
low windows allow views from both seated
and standing positions.
casement windows can be operated easily with
only one hand.
mirror extending to counter top with vertical lighting panels along each
side provides good visibility for both standing and seated users.
open knee space under lavatory counter
accommodates seated users (insulate and/or recess hot pipes to prevent leg
single-lever faucets or electronic faucets
make water temperature easier to control.
bathtub and shower controls placed off-center
can be reached before getting into water.
showers with adjustable spray head accommodate
people of all heights. Select spray unit that can be hand-held or used as
fixed shower head.
shower seat helps those who have problems
standing and is convenient for shaving legs in shower.
shampoo/soap dispenser eliminates clutter
of bottles and problem removing bottle lids.
stacked washer/dryer unit can be conveniently
located in accessible bathroom.
work counter with open knee space allows seated work from stool or
pull-out drawers make items easier to see
and reach than those stored in deep cupboards.
lazysusan in deep or corner cabinets allows
items to be brought to the front for easy access.
U-shaped handles make opening cabinets and
drawers easier, especially for persons with arthritis or limited grasping
pull-out shelf or work space in front of
microwave oven provides place to set hot dishes.
loop handle on refrigerator is easier to
grasp and pull open.
side-by-side refrigerator-freezer allows
access to users of all heights.
refrigerator with built in ice and water dispenser adds extra convenience.
controls located on front of major appliances
can be reached by shorter people and persons who use wheelchairs.
switches for lights, garbage disposal, and
electric outlets located at front of counter are reached easily by a seated
large print on appliance controls and measuring devices make them easier
to see and operate.
lever-style faucets are easier to
lights under the cabinets brighten work areas,
reduce eye strain, and prevent accidents.
Prepared by Mary H. Yearns, Associate
Professor and Extension Housing Specialist, and Rachel Huntoon, Program
Specialist, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State
University, for 47th Annual Conference of The National Council on the Aging,
March 14-18, 1997, Chicago, Illinois.