Kitchens designed for aging in place should be located on the main level of the home. Key features for the kitchen are discussed below.

Important aging-in-place features to have in a refrigerator are:

  • Illuminated water and ice dispensers on the outside of freezer door
  • Large numbers and letters on the dispenser display
  • Long, continuous grip handles on doors
  • Good interior lighting to improve visibility
  • Increased storage space in the doors, including room for gallon jugs
  • Narrower (side-by-side) doors to reduce swing radius
  • Slide-out and see-through shelves and bins to improve visibility and lessen required reach
  • Good energy rating

Appliances are key to safe and efficient food preparation. Make sure appliances are properly placed and easily accessible. Look carefully at appliance design.

  • Information should be displayed clearly in an easy-to-read format
  • Switches, doors, and components should be easy to use
  • Make sure there is an auto-shutoff function
  • Look for good energy ratings

Cooktops cool much faster than standard ranges and have smooth tops, allowing for easy transition from the stove to the counter. They can be installed at a variety of heights for comfortable use. Some available features you should consider are:

  • Color indicators when the burners are on or still hot even if the cooktop is turned off
  • Front-mounted controls to allow ease of access
  • Self-cleaning capability
  • A well-lit display with large numbers and characters

You may also want to install a tap near the cooktop for easy pot filling.

Wall Oven
Wall ovens can be installed at a convenient height to minimize the amount of lifting and bending.

  • Mount the oven at a height easily reached by everyone who cooks
  • Consider installing the oven at a height so that an interior rack lines up with the adjacent countertop
  • Look for features such as plenty of interior lighting and an easy-to-read console
  • Consider a counter that pulls out under the oven, to provide a place to set dishes as they are removed from the oven

Microwave Oven
Microwave ovens can be installed at a height everyone can reach and that provides for easy transition to adjacent counters. Some models offer buttons for one-touch cooking, or they provide visual and auditory indicators that the food is done cooking or should be stirred.

  • Choose a model that is easy to reach, such as a drawer microwave or one that is installed at counter height
  • Consider one on a counter that pulls out beneath your wall oven

Dishwashers are a commonplace luxury, helpful especially to those who might have difficulties standing for extended periods. Many models offer one-touch operation and have special cycles for small loads, heavy-duty loads, and other categories.

You will want to locate the dishwasher in a place that will increase ease of use. You may be able to raise the height of the dishwasher to reduce the strain of loading and unloading.

Look for dishwashers that are easy to use and have easily read, clear displays. Levers to lock the dishwasher door may present problems for some people.

Below is a sampling of kitchen products and equipment that are designed to help you age in place for a longer period of time. Click on the links to find out more information, see other products selections, and if you like, to make a purchase from one of our providers.

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  • SPOT RESISTANT: Spot Resist Stainless finish resists fingerprints and water spots for a cleaner looking kitchen
  • BOOSTED STREAM: Moen's exclusive Power Boost technology offers a faster clean and faster fill with the push of a button
  • RETRACTABLE: Equipped with the Reflex system for smooth operation, easy movement and secure docking of the spray head
  • FLEXIBLE DESIGN: Designed to be installed through 1 or 3 holes; escutcheon included
  • BUILT TO LAST: Backed by Moen’s Limited Lifetime

Cambridge Assembled Lazy Susan Corner Base Cabinet in Dusk 27.6×27.6×34.5 in.

  • Get started sooner with online orders shipping in 3 days
  • Cambridge Dusk finish adds a coziness and warmth to any room
  • Can be featured in your kitchen, laundry room or bathroom

FORIOUS Touch Kitchen Faucets with Pull Down Sprayer, Kitchen Sink Faucet with Pull Out Sprayer, Fingerprint Resistant, Single Hole Deck Mount, Single Handle Copper Kitchen Faucet, Brushed Nickel

  • Assistive Touch Control Technology: A simple touch on the kitchen sink faucet’s spout or body starts and stops the flow of water for a near touchless cleaning design.
  • Pull Out Sprayer: 360 degree swivel sprayer and spout with 2 function head, Single Lever Kitchen Sink Faucets.
  • Smudge and Fingerprint Free: Because washing the mess off your hands shouldn’t involve making a mess of faucet and crafted with a heavy-duty brushed nickel these touch activated kitchen faucets require less cleaning and are easy to keep spot free.
  • Certified Quality and Reliability: A Brushed nickel finish with Uzbekistan Copper construction(Solider and Stronger) , our faucets meet CUPC certifications and rust and corrosion resistance.

LadyLux Café Single-Handle Pull-Down Foot Control Kitchen Faucet with Dual Spray, Chrome

  • GROHE SilkMove for a lifetime of smooth operation
  • GROHE StarLight finish for scratch and tarnish-resistant surfaces for a lifetime of beauty
  • SpeedClean anti-lime system: Removes limescale with a simple wipe of a finger to maintain a like-new performance
  • Foot control: activation of water via contact
  • 14-3/4 in. Faucet height

Single Handle Commercial Pull-Down Sprayer Kitchen Faucet with Dual Action in Chrome

  • 360-degree high arc pull-down head with adjustable spray or aerated flow
  • Solid brass construction with drip free high pressure ceramic cartridge
  • 2-inch wide spout extends up to 30-inches
  • Spout detaches separately for easy cleani

Under Cabinet LED Lighting Kit Plug in,6 pcs 12 Inches Cabinet Light Strips, 2000 Lumen, Super Bright, for Kitchen Cabinets Counter, Closet, Shelf Lights, 31W, Warm White (6 Bars Kit)

  • Super Bright ---31W bright warm white cabinet lighting kit. No LED dots. No light glaring.
  • Easy to Install---Sufficient self-adhesive pads, mounting clips, wire clips, extension cords will help you to install this under cabinet led lighting kit quickly and easily.
  • Dimmable ONLY by included LED dimmer---Rotary switch dimmer included for 0%~100% stepless dimming. NOT compatible with existing Wall Dimmers.
  • Premium Quality ---Premium higher quality certified power supply included with US plug with 115CM cable. Licensed electricians can cut off the US plug and hardwire it to an ON/OFF switch.
  • Reliable & Long Lifespan

WOWOW Pot Filler Kitchen Faucet Solid Brass Folding Wall Mount Faucets Stretchable Double Joint Swing Arm Faucet Single Hole 2 Handles Brushed Nickel Commercial Faucet

  • WONDERFUL MATERIAL: solid brass material, non-rust, non-erosion, water quality is guaranteed by unique technique for preventing the lead and scaling, good faucet is benefit to health lifestyle
  • FINE CRAFT: brushed nickel surface which is resist scratches and corrosion, not easy to oxidize, equipped Neoperl aerator provides steady pressure, straight consistent water flow, high pressure ABS aerator with less splashing, drip-free, leak-proof
  • WALL MOUNT FAUCET: double joint design with swing arm and 2 handles, single hole, and it can retracts when not using, make an efficient cooking, let kitchen more clean and sanitary, save more space, modern design can match decoration easily
  • BRASS CONNECTOR: we offer a brass-made connector that can serve you for a long time, not easy to break (1/2'' NPS to 1/2'' NPT); NOTICE: the pot filler faucet is only for cold water use
  • WARRANTY, CUSTOMER SUPPORT: 5-year warranty and customer support are offered. It covered by 90-day free return. PLEASE CONTACT EMAIL❤