Kitchen Safety Suggestions for Seniors

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If an elderly person chooses to spend 24 hours at home, one of their most important tasks is to ensure their home is entirely safe. If he is not capable, our in-home care in OKC can do it for you. Due to a deteriorating equilibrium, vision, and reactions, many aspects of the home can be harder for the elderly than for others. The kitchen is one especially dangerous room. Senior care providers at home, and their customers should follow these guidelines to make the kitchen secure:

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, cooking fires are the most frequent cause of residential fires and at-home injury, so never leave the kitchen unattended while cooking. Try to avoid coffee makers that start automatically.

  • All pots handles should be turned around when cooking so that they do not stick out over the edge of the stove.

  • Move all items into cabinets and drawers easily accessible from the highest to the lowest. Consider installing the pull-out drawers for the bottom shelves so that seniors are less restricted. For seniors with difficulty bending, or in wheelchairs, countertop heights should be cut if necessary.

  • Ensure secure storage of any sharp utensils.

  • Maintain clear and uncluttered countertops.

  • When you finish using them, close all drawers and cabinets.

  • Ensure that any mats have double stick tape to secure them to the floor to prevent fall. If seniors at home are unable to do it, call our in-home care in OKC.

Fall Prevention and Comfort

  • Clean up areas of clutter.

  • Use bright lightning.

  • Don't use cabinets out of reach.

  • Replace glass items with the unbreakable ones.

  • Keep heavy objects at waist level.

  • Look for the leaking water from the refrigerator.

  • Keep pot handles to inwards.

  • Check CO and smoke detectors each month and batteries every year.

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Foodborne Illness Prevention

  • Store vegetables and meat in airtight containers.

  • For meat and other food items, use separate cutting boards; now, many stores sell colored boards. Use green boards for vegetables and red for meat.

  • Check your refrigerator's temperature regularly. At no more than 40 ° Fahrenheit, cold food should be kept. Return the remains immediately after a meal to the fridge.

  • Do not assume that food is safe if the smell or appearance is not spoiled; bacteria containing food cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted.

  • Hot food at no more than 140° F should be maintained. Make sure that the temperature is 165 degrees when reheating food.

  • Be careful in salad bars when eating out and avoid toppings such as mayonnaise and dressings like ranch.

  • Throw it out, especially restaurant takeouts, if in doubt.

Contact Home Care Assistance for in-home care in OKC. Contact us if you need a little extra help at home.