CASE STUDY: Kitchen adaptation helps family cook together


Saline Frydkaer who lives with her family in Glyngoere, Denmark was left paralysed from the chest down as a result of nerve damage caused by cancer.

Now cancer free, Saline can attend the local school with her friends and has refused to let her cancer and subsequent disability stop her enjoying life to the full.

However, as with many wheelchair users, Saline was unable to help in the kitchen due to the fact she could not reach the work tops and taps or obtain items from the cupboards, leaving her dependent on her family to prepare meals etc.

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For Saline’s parents and younger brother, watching her be unable to get involved in the kitchen was at times very upsetting so they set about researching company’s which could offer a potential solution.

It was during this research, that the family first got in touch with Ropox and quickly discovered there was indeed a solution which would enable Saline to not only help her family in the kitchen but also cook independently which they felt would also help with her confidence.

After several meetings and assessments, it was agreed that a Ropox FlexiCorner worktop with integrated hob and sink was the answer. As Saline is a wheelchair user, there are no cupboards under the FlexiCorner, this allows Saline to position herself right up to the worktop with her wheelchair beneath the surface.

As a result of her condition, Saline has no feeling in her lower limbs so would be unaware if she was to become trapped or suffer a burn. Therefore, for increased safety, the worktop has an ‘auto-stop’ should anything become trapped under the fascia while it is being raised or lowered and a shallow, insulated sink ensures Saline’s legs are not near the bottom of the sink at any time.

The family now has an accessible kitchen which meets the requirements of Saline and the rest of her family and Saline can now help with the preparation of family meals and also cook for herself and friends when they visit. 

This has resulted in Saline becoming more independent which has in turn increased her confidence which is something her parents are delighted to see.

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Alex Douglas

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