Kitchens are one of the most dangerous areas of a home for anyone, but this is especially true for seniors. Mobility or balance problems and hearing or vision impairment can make a kitchen hazardous, as can cognitive issues like dementia or Alzheimer’s. Risks for those over age 65 include such things as fires, falls, and injuries from cuts or burns and even food borne illnesses.
Creating a safe kitchen takes a little planning, but putting in some time to assess potential problems can create a much safer environment for a senior. Think about who is using it and what their capability or limitations are:
- Are they using a cane or wheelchair?
- Can they see well enough to know if the stove is on?
- Are their hands steady enough to use a knife without hurting themselves?
- Do they have memory problems or other cognitive declines?
- Are they using a step stool to get things out of high cabinets?
- Are they eating spoiled or contaminated food?
We’ve provided kitchen safety tips and information, broken down into several categories. Hopefully, this will make it easier for you to decide what is best for your senior loved one’s particular needs.
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