There are specific areas of the house that become hotbeds for danger and accidents for an older person. Seniors who still happen to live independently, or even those who are living with family members, may cook, prep meals and navigate the kitchen numerous times a day. This is why the kitchen can be a prime environment for accidents, falls and other catastrophes that may severely injure senior citizens. To prevent these types of accidents from taking place, follow these tips and safety measures for your kitchen:
Many slips and falls take place in the kitchen because of slippery spots or too much clutter that is left around the kitchen unnecessarily. Falls happen when the refrigerator leaks water and the senior doesn’t realize it, or when something is dropped, and they forget to pick it up, or can’t because of their physical health. These things can be very troublesome, alarming, and could potentially end in a dangerous fall.
It’s essential to make sure all clutter is removed from the kitchen and that even the littlest of spills and drops are taken care of right away. Installing bright lighting can help this process as sometimes lack of adequate lighting can contribute to a senior being unable to see things throughout the kitchen, including on the floor. Install mats in front of the sink and the refrigerator to prevent any type of unforeseen spills or leaks by absorbing them when they occur. [Read more…]