No one likes the idea of getting old, and as it turns out, small things can make a home dangerous for people as they age. One issue that arises more often for older folks is burned toast. On the surface, burned toast sounds more like a nuisance than a problem, but burned toast can lead to other, more serious things – like kitchen fires and questions about whether older adults are able to maintain their own homes. Enter the glass toaster.
According to elder care providers, small changes – like the addition of a glass toaster – can make a big difference for older adults who are trying to “age in place.” Glass toasters allow the user to view the bread as it toasts, and provide a visual reminder to the user that the toaster is in use. Glass toasters tend to virtually eliminate burned toast- and the smoke alarm response that may accompany it.
Several manufacturers make glass-sided toasters, and they’ve been on the market since about 2010. While most are designed with style in mind, their practicality is undeniable, especially for older users.
Using glass in the kitchen offers a number of advantages for an “aging-in-place” strategy. Glass countertops and backsplashes are durable and easy to care for. Using a coating like Glassprimer™ glass paint, glass can be backpainted and applied directly to kitchen walls using neutral cure silicone caulk.
If you prefer a lighter weight material, Glassprimer™ glass paint can be applied to Plexiglas™, a lightweight alternative to glass. Plexiglas™ can be used to replace or liven up cabinet fronts and drawer fronts. It’s not recommended for use close to the stove, but Plexiglas™ is easy to install and remove, and it can be cleaned easily with ordinary household cleaners.
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