5 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Sink More Elder-Friendly

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Hi, I'm Veronica, and welcome to my blog. I first realised my home was no longer suitable for us when I went to a friend's house for dinner and she finished cooking a whole hour quicker than I would have! My house was great when my husband and I were the only inhabitants, but it just didn't work for a family with three kids. Luckily, our next door neighbour, Toby, was a remodeling contractor. Toby taught us so much about home remodeling and eventually renovated most of the rooms in our house so they were fit for our family. I'm eternally grateful for the information Toby shared with me, so now I'm passing on the good deed by posting the advice here for you.


5 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Sink More Elder-Friendly

21 August 2017
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Everyday tasks can get a little harder as you get a little older; in fact, even using the kitchen sink can become more of a chore than ever. Luckily enough, there are plenty of things regarding kitchen renovations you can do to make that kitchen sink easier to use, and here are just five.

1. Use a Lever-Tap

What with having to make a tight fist and then exert effort to turn, it gets appreciably tougher to use traditional twist taps as you get older. Instead, fit one central lever-tap. These can be moved up or down to adjust the flow of water and then left or right to adjust the temperature, making things much easier on your hands.

2. Include a Sprayer Attachment

Nobody likes having to scrub dishes, but this action can become particularly uncomfortable as you get older due to the pressure than needs to be applied when dealing with stuck-on food. That's why it's a good idea to include a sprayer attachment with your next kitchen sink. These will fit just next to the main faucet and act much like a miniature power shower. By directing the stream of water at each utensil or piece of crockery, you'll be able to blast away most of the stuck-on food.

3. Fit a Thermostatic Mixer Valve

Rapid changes in temperature can easily cause a painful scold or an unpleasant chill. This is obviously something you want to avoid, and you can do just that by having a thermostatic mixer valve fitted. If the supply of hot or cold water should be interrupted for some reason, a thermostatic mixer valve will turn off the other flow of water at the same time.

4. Go Shallow

Shallow sinks are a lot easier on older bodies since you don't need to bend down as far to get to items at the bottom. You should be able to find a good range of shallow sinks online, and it's more than worth the cost of changing.

5. Leave Space Beneath

An additional benefit of having a shallow kitchen sink fitted is that you'll have more space beneath the sink. This is partly advantageous because you'll have more storage space, but it also means that a wheelchair or walking frame can be more easily fitted underneath the sink – if that space is taken up by a cabinet, you might not be able to get close enough to use the sink comfortably, so make sure there's some space left free.