Case study - how equipment helped Michael


Budding chef Michael plans an adapted kitchen following his move to permanent housing.

His challenge:

Michael had a serious road traffic accident which now means he is using a wheelchair. He is about to move into single storey accessible housing but the kitchen will not meet his needs. He would like to plan and purchase a fully accessible kitchen which allows him to independently cook for himself and hold dinner parties. He wants the kitchen to be modern, made to measure and to include accessories that will allow him to use a range of household gadgets independently.

Possible solutions

Michael looked at the information on this website including advice on Funding adaptations, advice on Kitchen layouts and advice on Planning an accessible kitchen.

Using this advice Michael identified the kinds of solutions he wanted and the kitchen contractor he thought would best understand his needs. He contacted a specialist kitchen company who discussed his needs for a new accessible fitted kitchen. As well as some more specialist fittings he was able to incorporate some high street cabinets and solutions which helped keep the costs down. These included a pullout shelving in a corner unit, a pullout larder system and an induction hob. He included a hot and cold water dispenser.

When asked by the contractor why he wanted these features he explained that, having read the advice we gave him, he had decided that:

  1. The pull-out corner unit would allow him to access all his saucepans and serving containers without leaning forward a long way to reach the back of the cupboard.
  2. The pull-out larder system also provides easy access for the range of tins and packets he uses for cooking, even the rarely used spices right at the back, without having to move heavy bags of sugar out of the way.
  3. He had read advice that indicated that an induction hob would enable him to move pans across the top of the hob more easily than a gas hob from a seated position, as well as saving electricity and being easier to clean.
  4. The hot and cold water dispenser means he has instant hot water for making hot drinks, eliminating the need for filling and carrying a kettle.

The outcome

Michael was happy with the result. He was able to access all parts of the kitchen storage and cook as he wanted to. For a relatively small budget he was able to adapt his kitchen to allow him to use it easily.

To view similar equipment to that Michael chose, please click on the product images below.

For further advice visit the DLF's AskSARA's kitchen section.

What is Ask SARA?

AskSARA is the Disabled Living Foundation (DLF)'s free online self assessment tool. AskSARA will ask you questions about yourself and your environment (in this instance, in the kitchen cupboard section using the worktops, sink and drawers, or questions about using kitchen appliances) and then offer relevant advice, product suggestions and supplier details.