Choosing the best kitchen faucets for an elderly person requires an awareness of his or her particular needs and health restrictions. In order to find the best faucet suited to aid an elderly person, be sure to both address his or her those needs and seek out faucets that are simple in their operation.
Addressing the Individual's Needs
Not all elderly people have the same needs. First, find out what is important for the person you are helping. Do they have difficulty with arthritis, do they have the beginnings of dementia or are they in good health and just in need of a faucet update? An individual with arthritis, for example, will not benefit from a faucet that needs a great amount of effort to turn or spin on. Understanding limitations and restrictions will enable you to make a better faucet choice for the elderly individual.
Easy to Operate Choices
For most elderly people, the following features are important for a kitchen faucet:
A single handle faucet with a lever handle eliminates the need for any type of twisting motion of the hand.
A red and blue indicator shows the direction necessary for hot and cold water.
A faucet with a higher arc leaves more space underneath for dishes and pans.
Spray units should be separate from the faucet for easier access and use.
Most brands manufacture faucets with these attributes, making them easy to find and install in an elderly individual's home.
A Few More Tips
Faucets should at least have levers instead of knobs
A lever is always easier to operate than knobs.
Wrist-style levers are the easiest to operate.
If only 1 lever, it is best on top of the faucetl
Hot and Cold preferably with arrows should be on the handles.
Motion sensor does not require any physical handling of taps.
High clearance spouts are better than two.
Wrist handle style are the easiest to operate as you need only to work with your wrist.
A longer lever requires less effort.
Choose a faucet where the handle is installed completely separate from the spigot. This is common, and you can then place the handle on either side you choose.
Faucets should be high clearance with two wrist style handles.