Some of the suggestions were fine if there is currently a wheelchair user in the home, but not so fine for aging in place. I am very tall and, sadly, aging. I used to be able to use standard 36" countertops, but have had to go with HIGHER ones as I age to prevent back pain. A 30" high sink base? That would kill a standing person! It would be nice for a 2nd sink, but if it is the only sink, that is NOT Universal Design.
A Kitchen for the Ages
When architect Sandra Vitzthum’s mother broke her hip and had to spend six weeks in a wheelchair, Vitzthum got a real eye opener. “My mother couldn’t maneuver in her own kitchen,” says Vitzthum. “She couldn’t reach anything from her seated position, and floor spaces between her island and countertop were too narrow to fit her wheelchair.” Vitzthum looked for ways to improve the space so her mother, who is 80 years old now, could work independently in the kitchen whether she was confined to a wheelchair, using a walker, or simply losing mobility.