Cooking helps us bond and provides us with a chance to make lasting memories with those we love. For older adults, food is an opportunity to pass down family recipes, share stories, and even sharpen their minds. Despite these benefits, the kitchen can be a dangerous place for loved ones. Understanding these risks can help us better prepare our loved ones’ kitchens for cooking. This will allow our loved ones to engage fully and independently in the stimulating, fun-filled activity of cooking!
From fires to falls and foodborne illnesses, kitchens can be a dangerous place for our loved ones. We can plan for the unique needs of our loved ones by using a kitchen safety checklist before prepping our first meal together.
Data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency show that adults 65 and over are 2.5 times more likely to die in a kitchen fire. Stoves, ovens, and other kitchen appliances may burn our loved ones or catch on fire, posing a threat to their safety. Despite these dangers, we can make many quick fixes to our kitchen to make it safer and age-friendly.
Cooking can be taxing on older adults due to the physical demands of the work and layout of a kitchen. These tiny hazards can create a significant fall risk for our loved ones.
Older adults are highly susceptible to germs and disease. In the kitchen, foodborne illnesses can wreak havoc on a parent’s body and put them at risk of new disease and infection.
A kitchen isn’t always the most accessible room for our aging adults, especially if they have any disabilities. Kitchens can be made age-friendly with just a few quick changes to the layout.
Cooking and your loved one
Cooking is a rewarding way to spend quality time with our loved ones. While cooking can be hazardous, these simple changes can make a kitchen safer and easier to use for a loved one. These are just a few of the many changes we may have to make to ensure our loved ones can be safe and independent in their silver years.
Creative cooking ideas with your loved one
While the aging process may feel daunting, Beverly’s Daughter is here to make things easier for you and your loved ones. Send me your questions about your kitchen’s unique needs, and I will reach out within 48 hours with a customized action plan tailored to your loved one’s individual kitchen needs.
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