Ten Kitchen Safety Gadgets for Older Adults and Home Care Providers in Westminster, CO, and Surrounding Areas
These kitchen safety gadgets make meal prep, washing dishes and more easier and safer for seniors and professional home care providers in Westminster, Broomfield, Northglenn and nearby cities in Colorado
Accidents at home happen no matter how much you try to ensure your loved ones are safe. Many mishaps take place in the kitchen because of factors like sharp utensils, hot stove burners, slippery floors and chemicals used for cleaning.
Seniors who live on their own may be more vulnerable to kitchen-related mishaps. Normal aging changes such as decreased coordination, muscle loss, poor vision and memory lapses can compromise safety and lead to accidents and injuries. At Visiting Angels Westminster, our home care providers can help your loved one around the kitchen and encourage them to use gadgets that make everyday tasks like preparing meals and washing dishes safer for them.
Ten Kitchen Safety Tools Every Senior Should Own
- Cut-resistant gloves and finger protectors
Protect fingers from nicks and cuts while chopping, slicing and dicing meats and vegetables.
- Safety cutting boards
The rubber surface of these cutting boards prevents sliding and rounded edges stop a knife from straying. Sanitize cutting board used for raw meat with a bleach solution; thoroughly wash and dry all cutting boards to prevent bacteria growth.
- Knife-free vegetable choppers
After washing and peeling vegetables, place them inside the chopper and press down on the top for a perfect cut without having to use a knife.
- Electric can and jar openers
Seniors who have arthritis or are recovering from a stroke can have trouble with gripping and opening jars. Electric openers can minimize painful gripping and twisting and lower the risk of cuts from a sharp can lid.
- Electric and easy-pour kettles
Electric kettles help prevent burns by heating water without a hot surface. With easy-pour kettles which are on a stand, users simply tip the kettle directly into a mug—no need to pick up the kettle.
- Clip-on strainers
Clip the strainer onto a pan and pour the water out into the sink—no need to hold the strainer in place with one hand and aim with the other.
- Kitchen timers
Kitchen timers can alert an inattentive cook to the roast they left in the oven or the pasta that’s about to finish boiling. Timers are especially useful for older adults prone to memory lapses from conditions like dementia.
- Automatic shutoff stoves and ovens
Ovens and stoves with automatic shutoff can help prevent overcooked food and fires in the kitchen. Separate automatic shut off devices can be added to stoves without them.
- Oven rack guards
Made from heat-resistant material, guards can help prevent accidental contact burns. Clip them onto the front of the oven rack to prevent a hand or arm from touching the hot rack.
- Anti-fatigue, nonslip kitchen floor mats
For seniors who like to cook, anti-fatigue, nonslip kitchen mats reduce pressure on their feet, knees and lower back and provide a nonslip surface to stand on.
How Our Home Care Providers Help Seniors Stay Safe
Your loved one may need more comprehensive assistance around the house. Home care providers from Visiting Angels Westminster can serve as a watchful eye and another set of hands to help with cooking, light housekeeping, running errands and personal care.
The safety and security of seniors is our primary concern. Take advantage of our free in-home safety assessment at your convenience. Our home care providers will tailor services to your loved one’s specific safety concerns and challenges.
To learn how our home care providers can help your senior loved one, contact Visiting Angels Westminster at 303-625-7623.