Oct 12, 2018 by Suzanne M. White
Although the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house, it is also one of the most dangerous. Fortunately, there are strategies you can use to create a safer kitchen environment for your senior loved one. Comfort Keepers® of Flemington, NJ specializes in in-home care, recommend the following kitchen safety tips for older adults.
By widening your kitchen doorways and hallways, you can make the kitchen more accessible for your senior loved one. This is particularly important if your older adult uses a wheelchair or walker to get from point A to point B.
Rugs and carpets in a kitchen can be a recipe for disaster. Therefore, it’s crucial to remove them and allow your senior loved one to walk around the kitchen without any fall hazards.
Aging often leads to vision challenges. For this reason, it’s important to install plenty of bright lights in your senior’s kitchen. Bright lights will make it easier for them to use the kitchen and reduce their risk of accidents.
With automatic turn-off appliances, you don’t have to worry about your older loved one leaving their appliances on. While these appliances are more expensive than regular ones, the peace of mind they’ll bring you make them well worth the investment.
Many kitchens are designed with countertops that are too high for seniors to reach. If this is the case in your older adult’s kitchen, consider lowering them so that they are easily accessible for them.
Widening doorways and hallways, removing rugs and carpets, adding bright lights, investing in automatic turn-off appliances, and lowering countertops can all help your senior loved one stay safe in the kitchen.
For information on in-home care services, or to learn the many ways Comfort Keepers® of Flemington, NJ can help your senior loved one stay safe in the kitchen, contact us at (908) 806-2220 or Toll Free at (877) 806-2220. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.