Do you have an elderly or disabled loved one living in your home? If so, you’ll want to do everything you can to make your home more accessible, comfortable, and inviting, and this includes your kitchen.

In fact, accessing the kitchen area can be one of the biggest in-home challenges to people in wheelchairs or with disabilities, especially when it comes to getting items out of cabinets. You might think the solution would be to add low cabinets, where they’re easier to reach, but that’s actually not the case. Cabinets that are too low can be just as bad as cabinets that are too high, if not worse, since a person could injure themselves leaning down to get something.

Instead, you should include upper cabinets, but you should make them as accessible as possible. And, when it comes to ADA certified handicap accessible upper kitchen cabinets, Chapel Hill, NC residents can find plenty of great options through Orthopedic Service Company. 

Opt for Drawers, Not Doors

In Chapel Hill, NC, ADA wheelchair accessible upper kitchen cabinets come in many forms, all thanks to the great selection available here at OSC. However, some of the best cabinets will be those that feature pull-out drawers, instead of traditional doors.

A door can be hard to open for a person with a mobility issue. And, even worse yet, these individuals often can’t look far back into the cabinet to find the items they need. Utilize cabinets with pull-out drawers, however, and everything is within easy reach. Plus, opening and closing the cabinets is easier too!

Lowered Cabinets

When installing brand new ADA certified upper kitchen cabinets isn’t an option, you may be able to have your current cabinets lowered. The key is to make the cabinets the right height for the user. This doesn’t mean putting them very near to the floor or tucking them under a sink. Instead, it means lowering them a few inches to be at the right level for someone in a wheelchair or who uses another assistive device.

At Orthopedic Service Company, we offer free in-home assessments to help make your home and your kitchen more accessible. We can look at your current cabinet setup, as well as the needs of your loved one, to determine if this solution is right for you.

Consider Roll-Out Shelves

When choosing wheelchair accessible upper kitchen cabinets, also consider standard cabinets with roll-out shelves inside. This will give you the same functionality as a drawer style cabinet while still allowing you to maintain traditional doors.

With these cabinets, you open the door, and shelves roll right out, providing easy access for the mobility-impaired person in your home.

Learn More Today

Believe it or not, these are just a few of the many options you have for accessible upper kitchen cabinets or handicap upper kitchen cabinets at Orthopedic Service Company.

To learn more about the various choices we have available or to schedule a free, in-home consultation, we invite you to contact us. We’ll work hard to find the perfect, accessible solutions for your Chapel Hill, NC home!