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.
Recommended Tools For Creating A Senior Friendly Kitchen
Auto Shut Off Devices For Stoves
- Easy to set with one simple touch
This great little gadget can be used on many different devices that are plugged in to an outlet.
Stove Safety Knobs
Safety knobs like these can help to keep someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s from turning on the stove which can turn into a dangerous situation.
Senior Friendly Kitchen Appliances
- EASY ACCESS TO FOOD AND COUNTERTOP: Easily access food in the toaster oven broiler and on your countertop with the Easy Reach roll-top door.
A countertop toaster oven with an auto shut off is, in my professional opinion, a must for any home with an older adult.
- The landmark design of the Middle Century
Any kitchen chair that has arms, has no wheels and has the kind of material that can be easily cleaned is the best type of chair for older adults.
If you want to know more about kitchen chairs, check out our article on Best Kitchen Chairs for Older Adults.
- Motion Sensor Technology: Bring your hand close to the motion sensor to activate the water flow. If you forget to turn off the kitchen sink faucet after using, it will automatically turn off in 3 minutes to reduce excess water.
For anyone suffering from severe arthritis or any other illness or trauma that has affected their ability to use their fingers and/or hands – a touchless faucet can be a blessing.
There are also many wonderful gadgets that can help to make kitchen duties a bit easier and safer. Check them out here.
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