Mom's 30+ year old stove needs to be replaced. She has had a gas stove all her life. Last week she tried to heat her coffee in a ceramic mug on a burner. There were three of us home with her! She went into the kitchen for just a few seconds! Yesterday she put a pot of soup on and forgot about it until smoke was pouring out of the pot. She turned off the flame and opened the door of the house to get the smoke out, but she still had a very dangerous situation. The gas to the stove has now been disconnected.
We are limited on the choices we have because the width is limited to a 24 inch opening between the wall and the stainless steel counter.
I have two thoughts on a stove replacement.
1) Replace with an ELECTRIC stove. Put in an inline On/Off switch so that we/caregiver can turn on power to the stove when we need it and turn it off again when we're done.
Problem: The burner remains HOT long after it is turned off.
2) Replace with another GAS stove. Newer ones have electric ignition. I don't know if this would be confusing enough that she wouldn't be able to start it on her own.
Problem: I don't think an inline On/Off switch would be possible because of pilot lights and ignition.