For seniors who have opted to age gracefully within the comforts of their own homes, it is normal for them to want to be able to function normally around their household. This includes being able to work in the kitchen like preparing their own meal or cleaning up. This can be risky and dangerous, especially in their weakened and frail state. The risk isn’t only moving around the kitchen space, food preparation can be tricky too. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 76 million food-borne diseases happen each year and senior adults are more at risk due to their weakened immune system.
It is our responsibility as family home care and companionship providers to assure our beloved seniors of their safety in the kitchen. Here are a few tips we can share and educate them regarding the basic kitchen safety practices:
- Do not leave food unattended while cooking. If you have to leave the kitchen for a long time, it would be better to turn off the stove or oven.
- When cooking, make sure you are not wearing loose clothing.
- Money is never wasted when you invest in safety. Think about investing on auto-off or automatic shut-off devices.
- Frequently have wirings, outlets, and gas lines checked and maintained.
- Always have pot holders and rags accessible and visible.
- After using the stove, try cleaning it immediately to avoid oil and grease build-up.
- If possible, replace glass kitchenware with unbreakable alternatives.
- Install bright kitchen lights.
- Check for water leaks from the sink, fridge, etc. to avoid risks of slipping or falling on the floor.
- Always check smoke alarms and detectors whether they are still functional and batteries are still ok.
- If possible, keep all common and basic items within reach.
- Store food separately, such as meats and vegetables, and make sure they are sealed tightly.
- Segregate food stuff when prepping.
- Throw away leftovers after 2 days. Even though they look and smell fine.
- Make sure heavy items are at waist level to avoid stress when lifting.
- Keep fire blanket and fire extinguisher visible and accessible.
- Have emergency numbers posted on the fridge, near the phone and in big, bold letters.
As the option of independent living is increasing among senior adults, it is vital that their safety at home be a priority. We at Rocky Hill Adult Day Center & In-Home Care, a Home Care and Companionship for Seniors in Rocky Hill, CT, can ensure you that your loved one won’t be at risk in their own home. We value the comfort and safety of our clients above anything else and we want to make your stay at home is secure, enjoyable, and relaxed.
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