Making your kitchen senior-friendly does not always require a costly kitchen remodel, or even buying new appliances, it can simply mean repositioning or adding accessories to appliances already there. Here are some tips from https://www.seniorhomes.com, shared by Accessible Construction, Inc. that we thought were especially helpful.
- Choose a counter-top microwave, versus one over-the-range for easier handling of food.
- Clear counter space right next to the microwave so hot food can be easily moved from the microwave to the counter.
Stoves and Ranges
Add an automatic shut-off device or stove monitoring device to the range or stove. This device can prevent accidental fires by turning off the stove burner or oven when it senses that it’s been left unattended. Most of these devices are made for electric ranges only. Some of these devices can be as easy to install as adding a sensor to the front of the stove.
The article suggests choosing a side-by-side refrigerator model to make it easier for someone in a wheelchair to access both the fresh food compartment and freezer.
If you are planning on purchasing more senior-friendly appliances, the article suggests choosing a range with a hot indicator light to warn against touching a hot burner.
Induction ranges are another appropriate choice for the elderly as they use electromagnetism to generate heat, instead of an open flame or coil. Induction also does not heat the surrounding cooking area, making it a safer choice.
If purchasing a new microwave, stay away from over-the-range models to avoid lifting as an older person might not have the upper body strength or mobility to raise and lower items.
Choose a refrigerator with good inside lighting and storage on the door which makes it easier to find items. Lighted in-door water and ice dispensers are also helpful. Again, a side-side refrigerator with a long and easy-to-grasp handle is a good choice.
Get more advice from SeniorHomes.com about choosing senior-friendly kitchen appliances.
Choosing the right settings on your washer and dryer can help reduce the added stress each item goes through every time you wash and dry it. Learning the best laundry settings will help preserve your favorite items of clothing and help all your laundry look it’s best.
Preparing the Laundry for Washing
Always read and follow the care instructions on the label.
Sort the laundry by color and fabric type to make sure that delicate items are not put on the same cycle as items with sturdier fabric.
Turn pockets inside-out to prevent items like candy and lip balm from being included in your wash cycle.
Turn items inside out to help preserve their color.
Use this sorting time to exam each piece for stains that might need to be pre-treated. Although, the ideal time to treat stains is as soon as they happen to minimize the stain and prevent it from setting into the fabric.
Washing Machine Settings
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About 40 percent of all food in the U.S. does not get eaten and the average household of four spends about $120 per month on food that’s never eaten according to Dana Gunders, a scientist working with the Natural Resources Defense Council and author of the “Waste Free Kitchen Handbook.”
Gunders discovered this while doing agriculture research and included her findings in a report. According to her report, which you can read online for free, some of the main reasons for food waste are Continue reading
Here’s a great suggestion for anyone struggling to pay for child care over the summer – barter and trade. Elissha Park of “The Broke Mom’s Guide to Everything” wrote an article for Time Magazine explaining how she cut her child care expenses by 70% with a babysitting swap.
She asked her sister-in-law (a stay-at-home mom) and a good friend who was a teacher home on summer break, to watch her son for one day a week. In return, she agreed to watch their children on weekends. That way, she only needed to pay for three days of daycare for the summer.
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If there is sweating or water condensation inside your fridge, say on the walls of your refrigerator, check the gasket or seal around your refrigerator.
If the gasket is loose, cracked or sagging, then cold air is escaping from your fridge. leading to:
• sweating or condensation inside your fridge
• ice forming on the freezer walls
• temperatures inside refrigerator is warmer than normal.
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Save more money on your back-to-school shopping during tax-free weekends and sales! Usually, these tax-free weekends charge no state sales tax on items such as clothing, computers and school supplies like notebooks and pens. Sometimes the sales are extended to other items, like appliances (dorm room microwave ovens and refrigerators, anyone?) Exclusions and other taxes might apply, so be sure to check the following URLs before you head out.
Here are some upcoming back-to-school tax-free weekends by state, earliest dates listed first.
Florida – August 7 – 16
Items Included: school supplies, clothing, supplies, computers
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