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Do senior communities ever offer full kitchens?

Mom's hobby is cooking, is there any way she can continue that hobby if she moves into assisted living?
Status: Open    Jan 01, 2015 - 09:19 PM

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Mar 12, 2015 - 10:54 AM

I would add that most states have a specific legal exception in Assisted Living that does not allow stoves or ovens in resident apartments. Here at The Fremont, however, we installed an additional full-kitchen for cooking type activities. The stove and oven remains locked out unless it is being used to prevent any accidents, but it is available to residents and families on request. I hope that you can find an Assisted Living with a similar amenity so that your mom can maintain her hobbies and interests.

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Feb 16, 2015 - 01:39 PM

Most states do not allow a full stove/oven in assisted living apartments. There are a handful that were built as independent living and then later converted, or licensed for assisted living and they were not required to remove the stove.

If your Mom is still able to cook, you may wish to consider independent living. Some independent living communities do not have stoves or ovens in the apartments, also. However, there are many that do offer full kitchens and still offer meals or meal options. Many independent living communities have a 3rd party home care provider that can help with bathing and other needs.

A local Senior Living Advisor with A Place For Mom should be able to help you to identify your options with full kitchens, and to discuss finding a proper balance between getting the appropriate care but also offering her quality of life.


Feb 08, 2015 - 03:17 PM

Yes, but there may not be many around. In walnut Creek California there is a Sr./assisted living facility that is a converted condo complex and the units have small but full kitchens. In Fresno, California there is abother complex converted from an old motel. It also has kitchens in many of the units.

Check with your local Senior Services to help you find what you want in your area.


Feb 08, 2015 - 04:54 PM

I have the same problem but with my Dad, the Chef. The answer is no. Due to fire hazard, burn hazards, knife hazards.... The facilities cannot take that risk. I also think it's gotta be a sanitation nightmare. My dad's idea of clean is getting worse and worse.

Feb 22, 2015 - 10:29 AM

If there is no kitchen, can a senior have electric small appliances to cook or bake meals??
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