Kitchens are a very important part of the home, and it is often used multiple times a day. Being in the kitchen makes us more prone to accidents regardless of age, but as we get older, the chances of injury increase significantly. The main hazards in the kitchen for seniors are:
- Slippery floors
- Items placed out of reach
- Lack of efficient tools
- Improper lighting
Before beginning your work in the kitchen, it's a good idea to assess the area. Wearing non-slip shoes in the house protects you from potential falls from accidental spills. Be sure that you have proper lighting in your work area as well. You can install things like motion-activated lights under your cabinets where it may be harder to see. Lastly, make sure your kitchen is clutter free and ensure you are using the proper tools and appliances to make your time in the kitchen as safe and efficient as possible.
Appliances like toaster ovens and slow cookers make cooking easier, but Healthcare Solutions carries a wide variety of additional products designed to make your time in the kitchen easier and safer as you age.
For people with arthritis or physical limitations, food preparation does not have to seem like a chore. The Kitchen Workstation is a chopping board that features the essentials, like a grater and slicer, in one place. It also has a removable clamp that helps secure the food while you are cutting it to prevent additional strain or potential accidents.
Canned foods are a product found in almost all kitchens. Despite the fact that canned food is so common, it can still be difficult and a hazard to try and open. The One-Touch Can Opener works automatically to eliminate the need for twisting and pulling. Many other can or jar opening aids are available for people who need additional support.
When it comes to kitchen safety, it’s important to make your surroundings as accessible as possible. Try putting heavier kitchen items in the lower cabinets and lighter things in the top. Trying to get things that are out of reach in an unsafe way can cause a strain or a potential fall. Using a Reacher can help you get to objects that are up too high or down too low.
Getting tired from standing for long periods of time can have a toll on anyone, regardless of age. As we get older, our strength to stand for long periods of time eventually diminishes. An all-purpose Kitchen Stool is useful for sitting down when performing tasks like chopping. The angled seat makes it easy to get up and sit down. The stool is also height adjustable to accommodate your counter or desk.
Enjoying Prepared Food
When it comes to enjoying the food that's been prepared, a variety of tools are available for people who may have limited dexterity. Using weighted and bendable utensils can help people who suffer from arthritis, weakness, or other neurological impairments eat independently and confidently. Weighted mugs and non-skid scooper plates also aid in eating and drinking independently by causing more stability and minimizing the risk of spills.
It’s a good idea to have access to clothing protectors in case spills do occur. Bibs are available in reusable and disposable options. Some are also available in various lengths and materials too so you can eat confidently and be sure your clothing stays protected.
It's important to stay safe in the kitchen and find ways to minimize the risk of potential hazards. With the proper tools and practices, you can decrease the chances of injury and continue staying independent. Let the professionals at Healthcare Solutions help you make the most out of your kitchen!
This information is provided as an information resource only and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. Always consult your physician before making any healthcare decisions.