When approaching an aging in place project, it’s important that all homeowners take a look at their environment and identify potential obstacles that could impact their daily life. One of those obstacles may be the type of faucets and sinks around the home.
Kitchen and bathroom faucets provide a unique challenge for aging adults. Limited dexterity, worsening vision, increased sensitivity to heat, and a decrease in hand strength all require our faucet fixtures to make up for these ailments in some way, whether that means color-coded handles, motion-sensor technology, or thermostatic functionality.
Here are eight products that can be implemented into a home that continue to promote independence, as laid out in our Ultimate Guide to Faucets for Aging in Place.
- One-Handle High Arc MotionSense Pulldown Kitchen Faucet by Moen
A homeowner doesn’t need to be a tech wizard in order to successfully use a faucet that isn’t “standard.” This kitchen faucet by Moen gives the user a variety of options, from a pulldown kitchen sink sprayer to the hands-free convenience of a motion sensor that will turn water on and off without the use of a lever. It will make dishwashing easier and make for less water spilled in the kitchen.
Amazon Rating: 4.3 / 5
- Contemporary Wall Mount Pot Filler by Delta
A pot filler faucet can remove the need for filling pots with water in the kitchen sink and hoisting them up and over to the stove. Delta’s wall mount pot filler is installed above the stove and can be turned on and off with a quarter turn of the handle. The faucet has two levers: one to turn on its water supply and one to release the water into the pot. The spout reach for this particular faucet is 24 inches, and it can easily be folded against the wall when not in use.
Amazon Rating: 4.2 / 5
- LadyLux Foot Control Touch Single-Handle Kitchen Faucet by Grohe
While often seen in doctor’s offices or schools, pedal-operated and hands-free mechanical faucets are becoming increasingly popular in residential environments. Similar in function to sensor faucets, they are controlled by either the foot or knee and allow for hands-free access to water. Convenience is something everyone enjoys, especially in the kitchen. Grohe offers their LadyLux Foot Control kitchen faucet, which can be turned on and off with a single tap of the foot at the base unit and leaves your faucet spotless at all times – especially when handling raw meat.
Amazon Rating: 4.5 / 5
- Kauai III – 1011-III by PULSE ShowerSpas
The placement of a showerhead plays an important role in the safety of individuals as they shower. If it is too high, it can cause people to reach, and if it’s too low, they may contort their body into uncomfortable positions. PULSE ShowerSpas offers a complete valve hand shower system kit that provides an elegant rain showerhead along with a multi-function handheld showerhead with adjustable height, so it will always be in reach for those who need to use it.
Amazon Rating: 4.4 / 5
- 90 Degree One Handle Bathroom Faucet by Moen
One-lever faucets have been incorporated into homes for decades, and they are still being recommended for aging in place renovations as they remove many of the physical constraints associated with declining fine motor skills. Moen’s single handle bathroom faucet makes it easy to adjust the water while complying with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) specifications. The ultra-modern styling will fit in with most bathroom designs and Moen offers all users a limited lifetime warranty. One common concern with this faucet is that it easily shows water spots and requires more upkeep than other faucets. Fortunately, it’s very easy to wipe down with a cloth to remove unwanted spots!
Amazon Rating: 3.7 / 5
- Grohtherm SmartControl Triple Function Thermostatic Trim with Control Module by Grohe
As we age, scalding becomes a real concern and unfortunately, it’s entirely too common. First-degree burns can develop at only 118 degrees, and hot water heaters can have temperatures that go up to 140 degrees. Grohe’s SmartControl thermostat can be placed in any modern bathroom and has the technology to prevent any unpleasant temperature fluctuations. It also has an override button that allows users to set a maximum temperature of 100 degrees, so scalding can be prevented. The system comes with controls to switch between different spray patterns and water outlets, allowing for a unique showering experience.
Amazon Rating: 4.1 / 5
- Single Handle Bathroom Faucet with Touch20® Technology by Delta
There are different options to prevent scalding. While a thermostat may be great to use in the shower as it can be linked to multiple valves, it may not be practical to incorporate in a sink faucet. Delta’s Single Handle Bathroom Faucet is not only easy to operate by activating with the use of sensors, but it is also equipped with the Delta TempSense™ LED technology. This LED technology produces a light that changes colors to alert the user of the water’s temperature and to prevent any possible temperature surprises when washing hands. The light will indicate when water is cold, warm, or hot. It will show as blue at below 80 degrees, magenta from 80 degrees to 110 degrees, and shows as red when the temperature rises above 110 degrees.
Amazon Rating: 4.0 / 5
- Quarter Turn Hose Bibb by American Valve
Not only is it important to upgrade faucets inside a home, but homeowners should also look to see what faucets and valves are located outside the home. Everyone knows that certain faucets can be tricky to use no matter what age you are. In general, they get stuck and are difficult to turn on and off. With American Valve’s Quarter Turn Hose Bibb, it’s very easy to operate to turn on and off. For those who choose to pick up gardening as a hobby, watering your plants has been never been simpler.
Amazon Rating: 4.3 /5
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Select Kitchen And Bathroom Faucets That Will Improve Your Quality Of Life
Remodeling for aging in place includes a lot of time for preparation and planning. While it’s easy to overlook faucets in the hustle and bustle of the renovation, age-friendly faucets are an extremely important part of the retiree’s daily routine.
While every person ages differently, incorporating universal design concepts into your AIP home can help make sure you’re prepared for whatever life throws at you. Aging-in-place faucets fit neatly into this concept and can go a long way toward improving your quality of life.