The kitchen is a sacred space.

– Marc Forgione


8 Basic Kitchen Items for Aging in Place

1. Lazy Susan inside a deep corner cabinet

2. Slide-out Shelves

3. Full-sized oven mitts (not hot pads)

4. Large Handled Utensils (OXO)

5. Stepstool w/ Hand-rest and good floor traction

6. Under-counter Jar Opener

7. GFCI Electrical Receptacles

8. Fire Extinguisher and Clearly posted emergency and neighbor’s numbers in LARGE PRINT


Video: FlexHousing Kitchen

Top 10 Aging in Place Kitchen Fixes

1. Flooring: Non-Glare flooring with a commercial rubber mat with a smooth transition for an anti-fatigue, non-skid surface

See: No Skidding (not affiliated with

2. Cabinets: Age-friendly products can be installed in existing cabinets for increased ease of access to stored goods

See: Age-Friendly Cabinets 

3. Hardware: Exchanging knobs for D-shaped pulls (easier for clients with arthritis)

See: Cabinet Pulls

4. Countertops: One counter that is 28″-32″ high for sitting, knee space 30” wide/27” high

See: Universal Design Kitchen Storage

5. Sink: A double-offset basin sink with 1 smaller bowl that measures 6.5” in depth or less (allows seated users ease of use) leave space beneath the sink free so someone sitting or in a wheelchair can use it comfortably

See: Easy to Use Sink (

6. Faucet: A hands-free or lever-handled faucet, mounted on the side to limit reaching, with a long hose pull-out sprayer, incorporate an anti-scald device to keep people from getting burned

See: Moen Motion Sense Kitchen Faucet

7. Lighting: Add under-cabinet T8 light strips, which evenly distribute light and reduce glare; Shadow-free overall illumination (ambient light); strong-focused task lighting to ease tasks; shields or diffusers on bulbs to minimize glare; bulbs that will show colors accurately; easy access to switches and fixtures for safety and maintenance; nightlights all over the house

See: Pathlights

8. Bulbs: If a loved one has low vision consider a “full spectrum” CFL bulb, this type of bulb increases contrast and clarity and reduces glare

See: Center of Design for an Aging Society

9. Doors: Install expandable door hinges and change knobs with lever pulls

See: Swing out offset door hinges

10. Appliances: Replace old with new Universal Design drawer refrigerators and microwaves, 9” kic-plate elevated built-in dishwashers, raised front-load washer/dryers, roll-out shelves



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Video: SafeinHome Kitchen Stove Temp Sensor (see tech page for details)