Designing A Kitchen For Your Elderly Parents? 3 Features To Include

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Helping your parents out with a remodel of their home can be such a nice thing to do, especially when they are in their senior years and can't handle the work and organizing involved in an extensive kitchen remodel. If your parents are interested in having their kitchen remodeled and they still do quite a bit of cooking on their own, it's a good idea to look into what projects should be included in the remodeling work. The following ideas can all help make the kitchen more comfortable to cook in and will help you avoid running into issued with how the kitchen is designed and its ease of use as your parents age.

Plenty of Storage for Everything from Cookware to Dishes

When designing the kitchen before any construction begins, it's important that storage is made a priority. With your parents being older, it's very likely that they've accumulated quite a bit of kitchenware. This can include both pots and pans and serving plates and cups.

With all of the items that are going to need a home in the kitchen, you need to make sure that the kitchen has adequate storage space. This also means keeping the shelves reachable, making it a possibility that you need to expand the size of the kitchen rather than relying on vertical space they may not be able to use safely.

Smooth Edges on the Kitchen Counters

Picking out new kitchen countertops can be a great way to make the kitchen feel quite different, but special care needs to go into picking the counters for safety reasons. Instead of picking just any kind of countertops, you'll want to prioritize counters that have curved corners. The reason for this is the fact that your parents may accidentally bump into the counters while cooking. This can lead to injuries that can be quite painful—especially for elderly people whose bones are more fragile—making it important for you to pick curved edges.

Pull-Out Drawers and Spinning Shelves

When making sure to include storage in the kitchen, you should also look into the need for smart storage. This means including things such as pull-out drawers and even spinning shelves that make it easy to reach everything in deeper cabinets.

As you plan out the remodel for your parent's kitchen, you'll quickly see just how much of an impact the above features can make. With these features included, the kitchen can look great and be so easy for your parents to use. 

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