Major improvements in independence are possible after a 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 an occupational therapist who 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;
- Consider the needs of the whole family;
- Work with any contractor to ensure that the modifications fit your needs and those of the whole family;
- Follow up once the modifications are in complete to ensure that they’re working for you.
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