Homeowners with physical disabilities, or baby boomers intent on “aging in place,” shouldn't be relegated to medical supply stores when remodeling their homes. Many manufacturers are introducing stylish fixtures to suit numerous kitchen and bath aesthetics.
At Diva de Provence, a tactile marking kit makes it possible for visually impaired people to have a safer cooking experience with the maker's induction cooktops. “The safety benefits of cooking with induction enables all Americans to enjoy the entire epicurean experience,” says general manager Amir Girgis. “The capacitive touch controls on our cooktops are perfectly suited for integrating tactile markings.” The kit includes options for raised letters or Braille symbols for the controls, as well as a 3M product called Bumpons that outline where the burners are.
In the bath, Jacuzzi has introduced the Finestra walk-in bath. Featuring whirlpool jets and an air-bath feature, the tub provides luxury for those who require a seated bathing experience. A molded interior seat and handrail make accessibility easy, and the tub's door is engineered to seal securely with dual-tension latches. Though it's easy to open and close when the bath is empty, there's no worry about leaks while bathing.
Jaclo also offers stylish bath accessories with its decorative grab bars. “As baby boomers age, they find they need grab bars but they don't want the aesthetic of a nursing home,” says vice president Dana Egert. Available in 16 finishes, including oil-rubbed bronze, polished nickel, and antique copper, the company's vertically-mounted styles also accommodate an attachment that lets users keep hand showers within easy reach.