Sink/Clean-Up Center Tips
 Consult with the manufacturer and when possible, raise the dishwasher up 6" to 16" for better access, or select single drawers mounted on wither side of the sink. Choose faucet handles that require minimum grip to use. Cross handles work, blade handles are better, and single lever, scald-control fittings are the most universal.  Consider faucets with retractable heads, particularly in limited reach applications.  Plan soap dispensers for easier access, requiring less movement and less hand strength and coordination.  Mount soap dispensers, instant hot water dispensers and faucets on the side for easier reach.  Consider auxiliary foot pad control or motion activation for the faucet.  Create a knee space option by planning rolling waste container units under the sink.  If area under sink is left open for wheelchair and seated access: insulate water pipes and sink bottom to eliminate burns or cuts.  Use rear drain location to provide maximum space in front.  Position dishwasher to be used from either side, paying attention to clear floor space.  Provide casters for trash unit to take to table, workspace or garage.  Install integral or under-mounted sink to aid in easy cleanup.  Plan adaptable or flexible knee space at the sink to allow for occasional or future desire to sit while working.  Use GFCI outlets.  Consider inverting the sink base with the drawer on the bottom to be used as a step for children or for people of shorter stature.  Consider automatic faucets that are activated by sensors with pre-set temperatures.  Install pull-out accessories under sink for easy access.  Choose sinks that allow the user to reach the bottom (max 62" depth for seated or users of shorter stature).  Use pop-up drains and sinks that feature work covers to aid in access.
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