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Though the kitchen is one of the most important spaces in a home, it can also be one of the most dangerous for people over 65. However, your senior loved one’s kitchen can be made safer with a few adjustments. Redondo Beach senior home care experts have a few tips to make this space safer and allow your loved one to continue living independently.
If your loved one has disabilities that make it difficult for him or her to navigate the kitchen, install safety equipment like grab bars and use nonskid rugs to reduce the risk of falls. For seniors who use wheelchairs or walkers, install the grab bars close to major appliances, on the walls, and under the counters.
When certain appliances are accidentally left on, they can overheat and catch on fire. To make sure your loved one can identify the off and on switches on appliances, put bold colored tape on both switches. Write your loved one a note indicating what each color means so he or she can easily turn on and shut off the appliances.
Some seniors spend a lot of time at the kitchen sink doing a variety of tasks. Standing at a standard sink for a long time can hurt your loved one’s back, especially if he or she has an ailment like arthritis. Install a motorized sink so your loved one can easily adjust it to a comfortable height. This type of sink is also ideal if your loved one uses a wheelchair.
Failing eyesight can lead to accidents, especially if your loved one is trying to work in poor lighting or with gadgets that haven’t be adapted to his or her level of impairment. Make sure there is plenty of light at the sink, oven, and countertop areas. Replace the stove’s knobs with easy-to-read dials, and install work surfaces that aren’t shiny, light switches at all entrances, and a nightlight in case your loved one needs a drink of water in the middle of the night.
Another way you can help your loved one stay safe in the kitchen is by hiring a professional caregiver from Home Care Assistance. Our hourly and live-in caregivers can assist with cooking and other kitchen tasks, as well as many other duties around the house. We also offer comprehensive Parkinson’s, stroke, and dementia care Redondo Beach seniors and their families can rely on. For more information and to schedule a free in-home consultation, call (310) 504-0506 today.