Everyone spends a lot of time in the kitchen. After all, that’s where the food is. But for seniors, it can also be a room full of dangers. Preventing serious accidents helps older adults stay independent in their homes longer. A big part of that is increasing the safety and ease of use of the rooms where they spend a lot of time.
A well-thought-out kitchen reduces the risk of accidents and helps you worry less. Follow these 10 easy tips to make your senior’s kitchen safer.
1.) Make sure emergency contact numbers and critical medical information are clearly visible. The fridge is usually a good spot.
2.) For those with a POLST or DNR, post clear instructions on where to find it.
3.) Replace kitchen knives that are too large, heavy, or dull. They’ll be difficult to use and more likely to cause injuries.
4.) Remove small appliances that aren’t being used anymore, like blenders or food processors. Put them in storage or donate them.
5.) Keep frequently used appliances within easy reach on the counter, like the coffeemaker or toaster.
6.) Move frequently used dishes, silverware, pots, and pans to easily accessible locations. The goal is to minimize reaching up or bending down — that can cause falls.
7.) Check the stove, sink drain, garbage disposal, exhaust fan, and microwave to make sure they’re in good working condition.
8.) Make sure a smoke detector is installed on or near the ceiling. Get one with 10 year battery and low false alarm rate for low maintenance.
9.) Reduce hand slips, burns, and spills with grippy silicone potholders. Throw away those old cotton ones!
10.) Try a passive monitoring system like Evermind so you can make sure your senior is going about their usual daily routine without being intrusive. Peace of mind for both of you!