Lowe's Home Improvement

Grip & Reach Assistance Checklist

Grab Bar

Grabbing, stooping, and reaching for things can become more of a challenge as we mature. Give your home a Lowe's Accessible Home Physical to determine some of the key areas that can improve overall safety and accessibility.

Tips and Tricks

  • Reorganize your cabinets and closets so the most-used items are within reach.
  • Declutter and remove items that you rarely use.
  • Install traditional dishwashers 6 inches to 12 inches higher to help reduce bending and stooping when loading and unloading.
  • Mount appliances, such as stoves, washers, and dryers, with controls on the front so it's easier to reach and operate.
  • Mount wall ovens at an accessible height with front-mounted controls.
  • Transfer heavy laundry loads with ease using a front-loading washer and dryer, which are excellent upgrades.
  • Install energy-efficient windows that are easy to open, close, and lock and require little strength to operate.
  • Position electrical outlets 18 inches to 24 inches above the floor to reduce bending and improve accessibility from a seated position.
  • Install extra electrical outlets at strategic locations, such as near a bed for medical equipment or rechargeable items.
What You May Need Where to Find It
Appliances

Reduce the need for bending and kneeling by choosing dishwashers with pull-out drawers on a raised platform.

Appliances

Install small, drawer-style refrigerators and freezers at varied heights in multiple locations throughout the kitchen to allow for better organization and easier access to items.

Appliances
Faucets

Install lever-style handles for kitchen, bath, and laundry faucets as well as in tubs and showers for those who may have trouble gripping standard designs, which are also available in a variety of designs.

Fashion Bath

Select sensor-activated or one-touch kitchen and bath faucets because they are ideal for people with arthritis or just have their hands full.

Fashion Bath
Door Handles

Replace traditional knobs with lever door handles that are easier to grip and use than traditional knobs.

Hardware
Cabinets, Counters, & Hardware

Expand visibility and prevent less bending and reaching with cabinetry with slide-out drawers.

Kitchen & Bath

Mount countertops in multiple heights or adjustable-heights for easier access.

Fashion Bath

Access frequently used items from lazy Susan's in corner cabinets.

Kitchen & Bath

Position pull-out work spaces near the oven, refrigerator, and microwave for convenience.

Kitchen & Bath

Grab items from cabinets and vanities with ease using D-shaped and pull-style handles.

Hardware
Closets & Storage

Make it easier to see and reach items with slide-out drawers.

Home Organization

Reach items on the top shelf with pull-down clothes rods and shelving systems.

Home Organization
Remote Controls & Locks

Use easy-touch controls to operate lamps.

Hardware, Home Décor

Operate keyless entry locks with a remote control or keypad.

Hardware
Switches & Dimmers

Consider swapping out traditional light switches with a rocker-style switch. Rocker switches pass the "closed fist" test, which means that they can be operated using only one hand that is closed in a fist. This style of electrical switch provides increased ease of use and is available in a variety of styles.

Electrical & Lighting

Look for dimmer switches with rocker designs, as they are easier to use compared to those that require increased dexterity.

Electrical & Lighting