The kitchen is the heart of the home, and it’s likely been host to many delicious meals and happy memories for your elderly loved one. However, as your parent ages, the kitchen becomes increasingly hazardous. The kitchen is one of the most dangerous rooms in the home for seniors and the site of many preventable falls, illnesses, burns and fires.
If your aging loved one lives independently and enjoys cooking, keep these kitchen safety tips in mind. If possible, share them with other family members and caretakers to ensure your senior’s safety in the home.
The Top Kitchen Safety Hazards
Seniors are at risk in the kitchen for various reasons, including poor vision, numbness in the lower extremities, memory problems, reduced mobility and much more. Here are the top three kitchen safety hazards your senior loved one should be aware of:
- Slips and falls: Spilled food and beverages, loose rugs and step stools can all cause slips, trips and falls in the kitchen.
- Fires: Delayed reactions due to mobility issues and forgetfulness caused by memory impairment or medications often contribute to preventable skin burns and fires.
- Foodborne illnesses: Senior citizens are more susceptible to foodborne illnesses such as salmonella, listeria and E. coli due to decreased immunity.
9 Senior Care Kitchen Safety Tips to Keep in Mind
Share these kitchen safety tips with your aging friend or family member to keep them safe in the kitchen:
- Store all foods appropriately and do not use expired food items.
- Install automatic shut-off devices for all kitchen heating appliances.
- Ensure there are plenty of evenly spaced, bright lights in the kitchen.
- Place all cooking utensils, supplies and materials within reach.
- Check all kitchen fixtures and appliances for leaks.
- Organize cluttered walkways, countertops, shelves, cupboards and pantries.
- Test the home’s smoke detectors every one to two months.
- Hire a licensed technician to evaluate the kitchen’s wiring and electrical outlets.
- Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing while cooking or baking.
Contact Active Senior Care Today to Learn More
If your aging loved one requires home care services to remain independent, contact Active Senior Care today. We refer caregivers who provide a range of home care services, depending on your senior’s needs. Whether your loved one needs assistance with meal prep, bathing, toileting, transferring or other activities of daily living (ADLs), our compassionate team will connect you with a qualified and insured caregiver.
Contact us today to learn more about our caregiving referral services or schedule a free home visit!