Adapted kitchen layout for FSHD in powerchair. Ideas please?

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    Adapted kitchen layout for FSHD in powerchair. Ideas please?

    In the near future I will finally be moving to a full level access property which is being adapted for me.
    I’m a single dad with FSHD, with an 11 year old daughter living full time with me. Without going into the specifics of my condition, I’m looking for ideas and thoughts of what to include in the new kitchen. I’ll be in a powerchair with a riser. All ideas welcome, weird and wacky or plain and simple.

    Thanks

    Alan

    Alanx20
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    Really depends on the size and layout of your kitchen. How much turning circle space you have that includes the opening of say the fridge. Ie you will want a good amount of space to open fridge door. But this is dependent on how you open door. Your upper body stability etc.

    Normal Kitchens are planned on the activity triangle idea. Sink – cooker – fridge But I prefer my cooker and sink on the same side so that I dont have to carry anything. I can work it along the counter top.

    My dream kitchen would have a riser sink and hob with knee space below (works for both wheelchair user or standing) And also a raised oven/grill unit to make lifting hot food out safer. In ideal kitchen with space I would have an adjustable worktop for prepping food etc.

    When picking a hob or oven. check you can reach the controls and see what they are.

    Ikea has great storage ideas for shelfs and units that roll out. and wall unit shelfs that can pull out and down.

    Automated open/closer on window and blinds if you cant get close enough to operate yourself.

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    Cat Cat
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    I have FHSD but I am probably not much use to advise as our kitchen is actually smaller than our dining table! Big problem I have always found is getting heavy pieces of kit out to use like an air fryer. Will you have room to keep it all on top? Think where your cans will be. Again heavy items, especially with a grabber. Food prep will need space. Do you have enough strength in your arms to do that or are you buying in pre prepared food? If the kettle is use a lot is it easy to access and fill? above all is it safe to use when heated. Perhaps being lower down if possible will increase your safety margin. Do you have separate fridge and freezer? If they are lower down you will not have to reach up to get items. Do you have a dishwasher, other than your daughter I mean. It has been invaluable for me over the years, but all this kit lower down will take space. How much will you actually have?

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    Thanks for the suggestions. The kitchen is going to be spacious, perhaps 7m of work surface plus some floor space. It’s taken a lot of nagging and persistence and around four years to get to this stage, maybe another year now till I can move in! I like your suggestion of sink and hob on the same run, it will definitely work for me too. I think the council are going to fund variable height work surface too, sorry Cat :cry: It’s pretty much a once in a lifetime opportunity for me so I’m pushing for absolutely everything I can.
    I haven’t used a kettle in around four years now, I decided to invest in a Bibo system; plumbed in filtered cold and boiling water. It was pricey but it was one of the best things I ever bought.
    Have you got a link to those Ikea pull down shelves, or the name?

    Alan

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    https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/ideas/little-kitchen-storage-ideas-with-a-big-impact-pubcefa9cc1

    They calling them pull out pantry

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    Cat Cat
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    Thanks :P

    Alanx20
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    Hi Alan, it sounds as though you’ve already been given some great advice. I run a Facebook support group for those affected by all types of Muscular Dystrophy, if you’d like to join you’d be more than welcome.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/3384836634865707/

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