Tips and tricks from people with spinal cord injuries (SCI).
Kitchen – partly accessible for people with disabilities
Kitchen with many countertops – a possibility to make it easier for wheelchairusers to manage in a regular kitchen
The kitchen has many pull-out cutting boards that are used to put things on. The cabinets have pull-out drawers. The kitchen does not have any knee space so it actually is not appropriate for persons who use a wheelchair.
A wheelchair user can access parts of the kitchen with some difficulty. A rod is used to open the kitchen cabinets (see associated tip “Customized dressing hook”) but they are resistant and difficult to open; usually the personnel have to close the cabinets afterwards. This was the existing kitchen when the user moved in.
Bruno lives in an apartment and is working part time. He was injured in 1974 and has a tetraplegia (C5-6). Through hand surgery in 1977 his grip function improved. He has personal assistance 7 hours a day and some help at night provided by the local government.
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