Creating a Wheelchair Accessible Kitchen in Raleigh, NC

Creating a Wheelchair Accessible Kitchen in Raleigh, NC

When it comes to ADA certified wheelchair accessible kitchen modifications, Raleigh, NC residents have a wonderful resource in Orthopedic Service Company. We pride ourselves on helping our clients to create more accessible kitchens and more accessible homes in general. The prospect of designing a wheelchair accessible kitchen may feel overwhelming, but it really shouldn’t. A truly accessible kitchen is just one that makes using it easier for a person who uses a wheelchair or who has other handicaps or mobility impairments. And, whether you want to redesign your entire kitchen from scratch or just make a few small but effective changes, we’ve got you covered.

Remove Obstructions

Disabled Man On Wheelchair Washing DishesIn Raleigh, NC, ADA certified kitchen modifications that follow all ADA guidelines to the letter are rare. And, while we can certainly help you to design such a kitchen, we can also focus more on the “spirit” of the law, rather than the letter. For example, one major “kitchen hurdle” we can take care of is removing obstructions. You want your kitchen to be a free and easy place to navigate for your loved ones with unique needs. That’s why, through our complimentary in-home assessments, we focus on what we can do to remove barriers and make your kitchen more free-flowing and generally accessible for your loved ones and their specific needs.

Widen Entries and Pathways

A true wheelchair accessible kitchen must allow easy entry and easy navigation for a person and their wheelchair. That’s why, when we design a kitchen or improve upon a current design, we often suggest widening entryways and any pathways that exist in the kitchen. Your loved one needs to be able, first and foremost, to get into the kitchen without a problem. They also need to be able to navigate and maneuver within it, all from a wheelchair, with ease, which is why widening key areas of the kitchen is often recommended.

Allow for Side Access

In a handicap kitchen, especially one being accessed by a wheelchair user, getting to and using various appliances and fixtures the traditional way can be difficult. For example, a person with a wheelchair or walker may not be able to open up an oven or a dishwasher door from the front the way a non-disabled person would. However, by allowing side accessibility for these and other important kitchen accoutrements, you can make your kitchen and its possibilities more accessible.

Contact Us Today

As you can see, there are many simple steps you can take to make your Raleigh, NC kitchen and, by extension, your entire home more wheelchair accessible and accommodating to your loved ones with unique needs. To learn more or to request a free in-home assessment, we invite you to contact us.