The kitchen can present safety hazards for those with movement issues. From fires – both electrical and grease – to slips and falls, the kitchen can be a dangerous place for seniors. Fortunately, there are some simple accommodations you can make to reduce the risk of accidents.
At Comfort Home Care, we have been providing senior in-home care since 1999. We are diligent in keeping our seniors safe and can offer some advice on how to reduce kitchen accidents and injuries for seniors or others with movement issues.
One of the most important things you can do to make your kitchen safe for seniors is to ensure that the space is well-lit. Install bright, even light that illuminates all areas of the kitchen so that no space is left in shadow. Not only is this important while prepping and cooking, but it also helps to avoid trips and fall risks. Add a nightlight for those late-night snacks.
Slippery flooring – such as hardwood, vinyl, or ceramic tile – is another potential fall risk. If replacing your flooring with non-slip tiles is not an option, then strategically place non-slip mats in front of work areas, the sink, and the stove.
Declutter the kitchen of appliances, pots, and pans that are no longer used. Keep frequently used items within reach on the countertop. Move the most frequently used items to the waist-level drawers and to the front of cabinets. Store knives and other sharp objects safely. Store pot holders and pads close to the stove. . If you’re unsure where to start, our home health care aides can assess your space and help make recommendations on how to best optimize storage and accessibility.
Keep It Clean
Keep your loved ones safe by ensuring they have clean surfaces. Build up of grease and oil on stove tops can lead to a fire. Spilled and spoiled food can lead to cross-contamination and food poisoning. Spills and grease build-up on floors can lead to falls. Counters should be wiped down throughout the day and stovetops cleaned once they are cooled. Floors should be swept and mopped at least once a week.
For more kitchen safety tips and to learn how to make your senior’s home safer, contact Comfort Home Care to schedule a free in-home consultation.