HAMPSHIRE’S first display of accessible kitchens has opened in a new showroom.

Builders’ merchants Elliotts unveiled the display at its new site in Lymington, demonstrating the Freedom kitchen from supplier Symphony.

At present, anyone wanting to view the range in person needs to travel to at least Reading or Chichester. 

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It says the range has been designed for multi-generational use, so that the whole family can cook and socialise in a kitchen which meets all access needs.

Victoria Anderson, Elliotts Living Spaces manager, said: “We have seen accessible kitchens increase in popularity over the last few years as families are increasingly welcoming elderly relatives into the home, instead of finding external care.

“A Freedom kitchen is a great choice for many households as they are built with safety, style and flexibility in mind meaning that everyone can easily access and use the kitchen.

“Features such as electric rise and fall worktops allow the individual to adjust the height to seated level for example, making preparing food much easier for many. Innovative oven housings and pull-out shelving creates a space for independence and offers other family members peace of mind. Better yet, all of this is achievable without compromising on style.

“We’re really pleased to be bringing this offering to the Lymington showroom and hope that it makes this transition to an accessible kitchen a much easier one for many.”

She added: “The Lymington team will work families and their occupational therapist to find the most suitable and budget-friendly option. We’ll look at how we can meet the needs of the individual and ensure the kitchen is still functional for others in the household.

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“We consider all the current and potential future physical and cognitive impairments that might impact use of the kitchen and design it with longevity in mind. For example, we may add labels to all cupboards and items to help identify where essential items are stored and ensure that these are within easy reach.”

The Elliotts Living Spaces showroom in Lymington is the largest in the group, with 23 bathroom and 13 kitchen displays Family-owned Elliotts was founded by the Elliotts family in Southampton in 1842.

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