Kitchen safety is important for anyone, but especially senior citizens. Kitchens rank behind bathrooms as the room that older Americans are most likely to experience accidents in. This is partly due to slower reflexes. The kinds of accidents that happen in the kitchen vary from burns to falls. We will outline some tips to keep in mind when reviewing kitchens for senior safety.
• Install brighter lighting
• Place mats in the kitchen
• Buy non-slip shoes
• Install nightlights
• Have light switches located at all entrances to the kitchen
• Keep appliances unplugged when not in use
• Keep appliances away from the sink
• Store frequently-used objects on lower shelves
• Store heavier objects at waist level
• Think about investing in automatic shut-off devices
With the right planning and effort, the kitchen doesn’t have to be a risky place for older adults.