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Design for Elderly and Disabled Environments: . Laundry Part 6 of 10. Making Homes More Comfortable and Accessible. Common Barriers Remodeled Laundry Area Appliances Utility Sinks Work Counter Additional Changes. Contents. Common Barriers.

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Design for Elderly and Disabled Environments:

Laundry

Part 6 of 10

Making Homes More Comfortable and Accessible


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Common Barriers

Remodeled Laundry Area

Appliances

Utility Sinks

Work Counter

Additional Changes

Contents


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Common Barriers

  • Storage shelves or wall cabinets are out of reach.

  • Knob handles on storage cabinets are difficult to grasp.

  • Rear-mounted controls are difficult to reach

  • Utility sink is in an awkward location.


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Common Barriers

  • Knob handles are difficult to use on utility sink.

  • Top-loading washers require awkward reaching.

  • Work counter lacks knee space.


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Remodeled Laundry Area

  • Storage shelves should be 48” maximum from the floor.

  • Loop handles are easier to use.

  • Lowered or adjustable work counters are accessible for users.


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Remodeled Laundry Area

  • Large print operating instructions are easy for everyone to read.

  • Appliance doors have space to swing back and open wide.

  • Adequate lighting improves use of appliances

  • Additional storage is provided in raised platform.


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Appliances

  • Front-mounted controls are easiest to reach.

  • Best to provide 180º swinging room for dryer door.

  • A side swinging door with adequate spacing is best for accessibility.


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Appliances

  • Raised platform can also be used for storage.


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Utility Sinks

  • Consider replacing faucet handles with levers or asymmetrical handles.

  • Locate a new sink so it can be accessed from a parallel position.


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Work Counter

  • Consider replacing traditional existing work counters with fixed base cabinets.

  • Consider replacing work countertops with the adjustable countertops.


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Additional Changes

  • Use grabbers or reachers

  • Use rolling carts

  • Install loop handle hardware

  • Install a platform


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