Safeguarding Your Residents Against Kitchen Risks
The kitchen—which likely served as a sweet spot for your residents’ families over the years—can become a scary place for seniors. With diminished ability to take quick action, what would otherwise be a small kitchen accident can become a serious danger. Fortunately, RCFE owners can take steps to help their residents feel at home in the kitchen again by using these safety tips.
- When residents are cooking, do what you can to have someone help them. This person can ensure food is never left unattended while it is cooking and clean up after to ensure there are no leftover liquids that could cause a slip or grease that could cause a fire flare-up.
- Invest in an electric teakettle, unbreakable dishes and glasses, and pots with two handles to make cooking easier and less scary for your residents.
- Designate separate cutting boards for meats. Buying colored cutting boards (e.g. red for meat, green for veggies) can help your residents remember to use a different board for different food items.
- Store anything heavy at waist level, use Lazy Susans to make it easy to see everything in a cupboard without bending over or standing on tip-toes, and only use upper cabinets for rarely used items.
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