After a lifetime of cooking in the kitchen, many seniors feel confident and safe when preparing meals. However, changes in your elderly loved one’s health may mean it is time to take a fresh look at kitchen safety. Vancouver elder care experts are here to help you identify potential hazards that could lead to your loved one becoming injured.
Cooking appliances like toaster ovens can be tremendous assets for seniors who want to prepare quick, small meals. However, too many appliances can lead to a tangle of cords that could fall into your loved one’s walking path or cause a pot full of hot food to spill. Make sure cords are tucked safely out of the way, and give them a good inspection to make sure none are frayed.
The combination of tile and water can create an instant hazard for seniors because they may not even realize the floor is wet until they fall. Add nonskid mats and rugs to the areas of your loved one’s kitchen likely to be exposed to water. Seniors and their Vancouver caregivers should also make it a point to quickly clean up spills to reduce the risk of falls.
Unattended Hot Surfaces
Many house fires occur because a senior becomes distracted while cooking. For this reason, it is important for your loved one to avoid leaving flammable items like potholders and dishtowels near the stove. Your loved one should never leave the kitchen while the stove is on, and he or she should turn off the burners when leaving the room.
A senior’s delicate skin is at high risk for burns if the tap water is too hot. Make sure your loved one’s thermostat is set to a safe temperature. Turning on the cold water first and adjusting the temperature as the water begins to warm can also prevent burns.
If your loved one needs help safely navigating the kitchen and other parts of the home, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can assist with mobility, prepare healthy meals, take care of light housekeeping duties, and help with many other tasks. We also offer comprehensive Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and post-stroke care Vancouver seniors and their families can rely on. For more information on our in-home care services, call one of our experienced Case Managers at (778) 279-3634 to request a free consultation.