Aging in Place Kitchen Design

This guest blog was written by Lindus Construction. Lindus Construction  is proud to have served over 75,000 happy customers in Western Wisconsin and the Twin Cities since the company’s founding in 1979. One Call. One Contractor.

As the Baby Boomer generation retires, a consistent theme those in the home remodeling industry hear is their desire to age in place, rather than incur the expense of moving into a long-term care facility. Because the kitchen tends to be among the busiest areas of the home, clients often ask how to make it an accommodating place to cook and entertain as the homeowner continues to mature. Here’s what you need to know about aging in place kitchen design.

Doorways

kitchen with wide doorways

Older homes tend to have a more compartmentalized feel. At times, kitchen doorways may be too narrow to allow entry for wheelchair- or walker-users. It’s recommended that undersized doorways be widened to at least 36 inches for this reason. Pocket doors are also an optimal solution for the ease of which they can be opened and closed. This concept also applies to levered doorknobs.

Flooring

Excessive wax and polish on kitchen floors creates a falling hazard, so keep this chore to a minimum. Steer clear of rugs, which can also create the perfect environment for a fall. It’s worth noting that the smaller and closer together floor tiles are, the lesser chance there is of a tripping hazard being present. Linoleum, tile and wood are the easiest materials for a wheelchair to glide across.

Cabinetry

As homeowners age, retrieving items stored in upper cabinets becomes more tedious. For those embracing aging in place, it’s wise to install cabinets that have multiple drawers in the lower levels. This allows quick access to items used daily, like plates, bowls and dishes.

Pullout trays and garbage can dividers also prove convenient.

Faucet

Not only are touchless faucets advantageous from a cleanliness standpoint, but they’re easier for people with limited mobility to operate. Sinks should have a depth of no more than 6 inches and include a pullout sprayer to prevent straining the user’s back.  

Appliances

Side-by-side refrigerators are the friendliest to the aging in place movement. That’s because both sides can easily be opened, allowing for access to all compartments. Pullout shelving helps reduce back strain.

Microwave drawers are also becoming increasingly popular, because they eliminate the need to reach up for hot food. When shopping, ask for ADA-compliant appliances.

kitchen with pullout microwave drawer in island

Lighting

A brightly illuminated kitchen allows for easier food prep. Consider under-cabinet lighting to brighten an area that oftentimes is starved for light. Skylights and sun tunnels allow consistent natural light to filter into the kitchen. Many seniors opt for their lights to be on motion sensors.  

With a few modifications, people can continue to live comfortably at home into their senior years. What other kitchen considerations are there? Let us know in the comments!

How To Make Air Fryer Onion Rings

Make crispy, golden onion rings right in your Frigidaire Gallery range with Air Fry.

The first range on the market to include Air Fry, Frigidaire Gallery Air Fry ranges allow you to deliver all of the flavor and none of the guilt. Make healthier and delicious meals for the whole family right in your oven.

air fryer onion rings recipe

Browse Frigidaire Gallery Air Fry ranges at Warners’ Stellian Appliance.

How to Make Brussels Sprouts in Air Fryer

Make deliciously crisp Brussels sprouts right in your Frigidaire Gallery range with Air Fry.

The first range on the market to include Air Fry, Frigidaire Gallery Air Fry ranges allow you to deliver all of the flavor and none of the guilt. Make healthier and delicious meals for the whole family right in your oven.

Brussels Sprouts Air Fryer Recipe Card from Frigidaire

Browse Frigidaire Gallery Air Fry ranges at Warners’ Stellian Appliance.

Dad Jokes About Appliances

In honor of Father’s Day, we are sharing some of our favorite bad dad jokes related to appliances. Practice your best groan and eye roll, then read on for some laughs.

What happened to the dalmatian that fell into the washer?

He came out spotless!

What did one sock say to the other while in the dryer?

I’ll see you next time around!

Meme that says "I thought my the dryer was shrinking my clothes... turns out it was the refrigerator all along."

How much fun is doing your laundry?

Loads!

I’ve decided to sell my vacuum cleaner. It just collects dust.

Why did the boy close his eyes before opening the refrigerator?

He didn’t want to see the salad dressing!

Is your refrigerator running?

You better go catch it!

laundry picture with washer, dryer, and "folder" machine

And on a less funny and much more urgent note, do you still need to find a gift? Check out Warners’ Stellian for grills and grilling accessories. Hurry in and thank us later!

Tell us your best appliance jokes in the comment section below.

Spotlight Series: Meet Sales Associate Tanya Williams

Warners' Stellian Sales Associate Tanya Williams in Apple Valley showroom

At Warners’ Stellian, one of our core values is family, and each new employee becomes a member of our family. In our Spotlight Series, we plan to share a deeper look into the talent that contributes to our success each day. This week, let’s meet Sales Associate Tanya Williams.

Describe your typical workday.

Every day is different, but normally the day stats with merchandising my area of the store. From there, I spend my time working with clients, putting together bids for future builder projects or following up on delivered orders. 

What has surprised you most about working at Warners’ Stellian? 

After working in other retail positions, which typically see high turnover, I was surprised to see how many people had been with the company for many years. It is definitely a testament to the positive work environment.

Can you offer advice for people considering a career in sales? 

Sometimes a life on the sales floor can be fast-paced, while other times it remains slow. You need to embrace both and use your time downtime effectively. Downtime provides a great opportunity to pick up the phone and follow up with your customers.

Before going appliance shopping, what should customers know?

Measure your space, and take pictures of the existing appliance. Seeing pictures helps your salesperson answer questions and foresee issues when it comes to fitting your new appliances in the existing space.

What is on your appliance wish list?

I would love to own a combi-steam oven. It allows for faster cooking and better nutrient retention in your food. Plus, food just tastes better!

How do you spend your free time?

I enjoy traveling, going to the theater or exploring historical sites and museums.

Are you interested in joining the Warners’ Stellian family? Apply here!