Saturday, January 29, 2011

ADA: Handicap Accessible Kitchen Faucets

Extended Lever Kitchen Faucet
For people with disabilities small changes in fixtures such as kitchen faucets can make the world of difference in independence and accessibility.

So what do you look for when looking for a faucet to overcome a physical disability and to increase accessibility?

Easy access handles-usually something with a long stem or paddle style handle. 

  • Postural/balance issues, the longer handle reduces the need for the person to lean forward, keeping the center of gravity near the center of the body reduces the chances of the person losing their balance and falling.
  • Reduced range of motion or reach issues.
  • Fine motor issues. 
  • Athetoid movements, ataxia any sort of motor issues.  Larger handles compensate for difficulties with accurate movements allowing ease of use.
One handle faucets.
  • Reduces the number of movements required to activate and adjust the kitchen faucet.
Faucets with pull-out spigots.

Examples of ADA Handicap Accessible Kitchen Faucets for People with Disabilities/Aging in Place:

Extended Lever Kitchen Faucet
ADA Handicap Accessible Extended Lever Kitchen Faucet

Featuring a long lever handle (10")
Easy to operate
The faucet is constructed of chrome plated brass
There is no pop up for this faucet. 

ADA Handicap Accessible Single Lever Kitchen  Faucet with Spray 30 1/8"
Richelieu A163195
Richelieu Kitchen Faucet
Universal Collection
Height: 30 1/8"
Kitchen Faucet with Spray Head
Single Lever
Solid Brass Construction
Ceramic Cartridge
Flexible And Solderless Supply Lines
Single Hole Application
Drilling: 1 3/8"
Handicap Accessible

ADA Handicap Accessible: Delta Talbott Series Stainless Steel Single Handed Kitchen Faucet

Delta Faucet Talbott Stainless Steel Single Handle Kitchen Faucets
  • Single Handle Kitchen Faucet with Sidespray 
  • Talbott Series 
  • Sidespray Included 
  • 2 Hole 4" Installation 
  • Solid Brass Body 
  • 9" long spout swings 360 degrees 
  • Lever Handle shall return to neutral position when valve is turned off 
  • Control mechanism shall be of the rotating steel ball type with replaceable non-metallic seats operating in stainless steel lined sockets 
  • Red/Blue graphics on handle button to indicate hot/cold temperature 
  • 3/8" O.D. straight staggered copper supply tubes 4 1/2" and 6" long supplied with 1/2" - 14 NPSM adapters 
  • 2-5/8" Max Deck Thickness

Single handle Kitchen Faucet

ADA Handicap Accessible: Gastro Single Handle Kitchen Faucet 9" Spout with Long Lever

K. KWC Gastro Single Handle Kitchen Faucet 9" Spout With Long Lever 
- Chrome/strong
- Deck mounted, single hole, single lever, standard capacity commercial mixer with swivel spout and extended lever
- Durable, solid, low-lead brass construction
- Superior chrome plated finish
-160° swivel spout with Neoperl aerator
- Mounting hole size Ø = 1 3/8"
- Commercial flow rate: 4gpm @ 60psi
                                              - Available in Chrome only


Matt said...

This is a great post. Thank you. You could also look at iziflow which is a foot pedal that connects to any faucet to make the faucet hands free!

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