Kitchen Safety for Seniors

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The kitchen is often considered the hub of the home, acting as a comfortable spot for families and friends to gather. From late-night talks, while indulging in milk and cookies, to family dinner parties and Sunday brunch, families are often making memories in the kitchen without even realizing it. As we get older, we struggle to do some of the everyday tasks we were once accustomed to doing, which means we need to pay close attention to our surroundings. Let’s start with some kitchen safety tips for senior citizens.

General Kitchen Safety Tips

  • Contact an electrician to make sure there are no issues with wiring in the kitchen.
  • Place socket covers over electrical sockets.
  • Unplug smaller appliances when you’re not using them.
  • Check the smoke detector and change batteries twice a year.
  • Used double-stick tape to secure area rugs.
  • Keep electrical cords behind appliances and keep them as far away from the sink as possible.
  • Keep all cabinets and drawers closed so no one walks into them.
  • Store knives in a rack or designated holder.
  • Create large labels for cold and hot water on the faucet.

Kitchen Tips When Cooking

  • If feasible, install under-cabinet lighting to make it easier when cooking at night.
  • Try to use pots and pans that have handles on both sides. If not, make sure the pot and pan handles are not hanging over the edge of the stove.
  • Keep oven mitts in close proximity when cooking, but they need to be placed away from any heat.

Make the Kitchen Senior-Friendly

  • Install a Lazy Susan so there is no need to dig through cabinets.
  • Store heavier items at waist level because it prevents strain on the back.
  • If possible, invest in smart appliances. A smart monitor will automatically turn off your stove if you forget.

Preventing Foodborne Illness

  • Wash hands with soap and water, up to the wrists. Do this often, especially when cooking.
  • Put raw meat and poultry in a separate space from food that is ready to eat.
  • Cook food at the correct temperature.

If you’re interested in an independent living or assisted living community in Marlborough, MA, contact New Horizons at Marlborough. We have a nurse on staff 24/7, so your loved ones are always in good hands. With our array of amenities, there’s never a dull moment at New Horizons at Marlborough.

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