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 of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE