Starting a Kitchen Remodel by Carol Siebert, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

Updated:Feb 12,2014

Getting started
Major improvements in independence are possible post-stroke, and a range of needs can be accommodated with a modified kitchen. For example, a dishwasher mounted on a pedestal base is easier to load and unload. Having some counters at desk height and others at the standard 36 inches offers work areas for users of all sizes and abilities. A full remodel may also include relocating electrical outlets and switches for greater accessibility.

Need help getting started with a home modification? Consider consulting a professional.

An occupational therapist will:

  • Assess your needs, preferences and abilities as well as the existing features of your kitchen;
  • Consider how your stroke has affected your abilities and any other health conditions to identify modifications that will work now and in the future;
  • Ask about your kitchen routine and habits;
  • Take into account the needs of the whole family;
  • Work with any tradespeople to ensure that the modifications fit your needs and those of the whole family; and
  • Follow up once the modifications are in place to ensure that they’re working for you.

Read about more home modifications.

Resources:

GE Universal Design Kitchen: http://www.geappliances.com/design_center/universal_design/
Storage Motion Auto pantry: http://www.storagemotion.com/design_kitchen.html


This content was last reviewed on 03/18/2013.