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What Modifications Might Make Your Loved One’s Kitchen Easier for Her to Use?

Elderly Care in Walnut Creek CA: Kitchen Modifications

Elderly Care in Walnut Creek CA: Kitchen Modifications

Have you considered modifying your loved one’s kitchen to make it safer and easier to use? You don’t have to remodel it just yet. Try some simple modifications first to see how they work for your loved one. From there you can try more complicated modifications.

Lighting, Lighting, Lighting.

One of the easiest modifications that you can do in a kitchen for your loved one is to add some extra lighting to help her see what she’s doing. With LED light strips, extra lighting is even easier to add. Look for spots in the kitchen that are dark or just difficult to see clearly in while working.

Lower the Water Heater Temperature.

Another danger in the kitchen can come from the faucet itself. If you turn down the temperature on the water heater just a few degrees, you can help your loved one avoid getting scalded. This is good practice anyway for the rest of the house, especially the bathtub.

Add Tools to Help.

You can find a tremendous range of kitchen tools and devices that can help your loved one, no matter what challenges she might be facing. Jar openers can help a loved one with arthritis, for instance, and slide-out shelves can help seniors access items in the back without having to reach.

Move Heavier and Frequently Used Items.

Having heavier items above waist level can make getting to them very difficult for your elderly loved one. Likewise, items that she uses every day are better stored closer to counter height. It might take some rearranging to make that happen, though, so be prepared..

Use Stools and Hand Rails.

If your loved one doesn’t already have stools and hand rails in the kitchen, consider adding some of each. The stools can give her somewhere to sit while she cooks or does other kitchen tasks, while the hand rails give her a solid spot to grasp.

Look for other ways to make your loved one’s kitchen safer for her, too. One might be hiring elderly care providers to handle meal preparation and other kitchen tasks for her.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Walnut Creek, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.

Robin Conley RN, Owner and CEO

RN, Owner and CEO at Provident Care - Modesto, CA
When my grandmother’s health began to deteriorate... My greatest fear was that something would happen to her when I couldn’t be there. She had become unsteady on her feet, forgot to take her medications when she was supposed to, was not eating meals that fit into her dietary restrictions and often failed to recognize signs that she was getting into trouble. I knew that it was her firm desire to stay in her own home, but the amount of oversight I knew she needed was sometimes overwhelming for me to do alone. This is where my journey started! Providing care to seniors in our community is not just a job for me... It is something that has touched my life personally and something that I am passionate about! I know firsthand the worry and uncertainty caused when someone you love becomes ill or injured and how overwhelming the responsibility of caring for a loved one can be. I also know that finding a compassionate caregiver can often restore health, provide seniors with a renewed sense of control and independence, reduce depression, and relieve family members so they can once again be a caring son or daughter. So if you find yourself or someone you may know, in this situation... Our team of care managers and professional, compassionate caregivers at Provident Care would be honored to help you care for your loved one. Our staff is committed to caring for our clients as if we were caring for a member of our own family.

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