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Aging in Place

In a 2000 study conducted by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), entitled “Fixing to Stay”, 83% of older Americans said
they wanted to stay in their homes as long as possible.  According to the NAHBR Remodelers, “Aging in Place” means remaining in one’s home safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level.  It means the pleasure of living in the familiar home that you love, and the ability to enjoy your regular daily life style and special events that enrich one’s life.

For the cost of a few months of assisted living, you can hire a Certified Aging in Place Specialist to remodel your home to make it more accessible; for instance, by lowering kitchen counters, making cabinetry more accessible, and widening doorways, installing safety bars and walk-in showers in the bathroom, and improving lighting.  These “Universal Design” fixes are popular with forward thinking Baby Boomers.

Kitchen Design Central, Inc. provides kitchen and bath cabinetry, countertops, and accessible hardware, individually tailored to circumstances and needs.  We begin with a home audit assessment to address general safety and accessibility issues.  In addition to addressing aging in place issues, we also offer home modifications for clients who have experienced traumatic or health related conditions.  Creating attractive, functional kitchens and baths for wheelchair users begins with a personal review of your needs by a certified geriatric clinical specialist.


Listed here are some of the products we recommend for increased functionality and accessibility:

  • Pull-out shelves and sliding storage racks for easy cabinet access
  • Lower kitchen countertops and knee-space work areas for easier food preparation
  • Pull-out shelves below the microwave to protect the user from spills, and provide a place to rest cooking dishes as they are removed
  • Lazy Susan cabinets to improve access to corner cabinets
  • Easy access with lower bath wall cabinets that frame the mirror
  • Deep bathroom vanity drawers to store larger items
  • Single lever faucets, grab bars and accessible cabinet hardware

Stay in the home you love

  • Remodel for lifestyle and accessibility
  • Special home modifications to live safely and independently
  • Cabinets and countertops, safety bars, special needs hardware
  • Quality Cabinetry at affordable prices

Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS) earn their designation from the National Association of Home Builders through a certified program that teaches the essential technical, management and customer service skills necessary to participate in one of the fastest growing segments of residential construction and remodeling.  This certification program was developed by the NAHB Remodelers Council, in collaboration with the AARP, NAHB Research Center, and the NAHB 50+ Housing Council.

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