The kitchen is one of the most important elements of any home and most senior adults still want to be able to enjoy tasks they always have, such as preparing meals. Unfortunately, issues such as increased fall risk can make it more difficult for them to manage these tasks, and could put them in danger. As their family caregiver, you can help your parent maintain more of a grasp on their personal safety and functioning by making meaningful modifications to their home, including their kitchen, to promote safety from day to day.
Some ways you can improve kitchen safety for a senior with increased fall risk include:
- Place high quality mats in front of the sink and the dishwasher. Look for rubber versions like those used at restaurants and bars. These keep water away from the walking surface, reducing the chances your parent will slip. Mats also have the added benefit of providing support and reducing shock on the joints, which can lessen fatigue and improve balance
- Remove unstable chairs and other devices your parent might climb on to reach higher up items. Have a stable, balanced, and easy to use footstool available for this purpose
- Limit the need to climb by keeping frequently used items within easy reach for your parent. Even storing items on the counter will keep your parent from having to reach or climb to get them, reducing the possibility of a fall
- Store heavy items on the lower shelves of the pantry rather than above your parent's chest height. Items kept too high can throw off balance if your parent attempts to use them. For the most safety if your parent likes to buy items in bulk, have a small container available so they can leave the large container in place and fill the smaller container rather than attempting to lift the heavy version and potentially experiencing a fall
Elder care can make a tremendous difference for an elderly adult who still wants to be engaged in their own daily tasks. Struggles and limitations should not stop your parent from feeling independent, capable, and engaged in the world around them, and elder care can support their desire for autonomy and activity. This elderly home care services provider can offer a range of services specifically designed to promote health and well-being, preserve safety, encourage independence, and still effectively manage challenges and limitations. This can include transportation, medication reminders, meal preparation, hydration support, mobility assistance, help with personal care tasks, and more.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring elder care in Stone Mountain, GA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers, call (678) 430-8511.