In many ways, for retirement age adults, cooking is advantageous. It provides them the opportunity to create delectable dishes that are healthy and beneficial. A kitchen can provide the opportunity for an exciting hobby that keeps them active, mentally. It’s a popular place to entertain a friend or two.
But you may be worried about the safety of your loved ones if they like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. It can, after all, in addition to the bathroom, be a source of confusion and filled with numerous hazards.
By adhering to the following kitchen safety tips, your mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, or other aging relatives will be able to put together their favorite recipes, while staying safer and healthier.
An emergency shut-off on your loved one’s oven is a great idea. Smoke detectors are another must-have. They end up saving numerous lives every day.
An easy-to-use fire extinguisher is a good idea in any kitchen, but make sure your loved one knows how and is capable of using it.
Take Precautions Against Foodborne Illness
The last thing your loved one needs is to get sick because of spoiled or unsafe food. Avoid cross-contamination by having specific cutting boards for precise items (meats versus vegetables, fruits, etc.). Color coding cutting boards can be of great assistance. Encourage your loved one to immediately refrigerate leftovers in sealed, labeled, and dated containers.
Make It Easier to Cook
The joy of cooking should be combined with the ease of cooking, whenever possible. Discourage your loved one from standing on a chair or climbing to access items. Within easy reach, the most frequently used items should be stored or kept. To avoid the need for bending, try to keep as many things as possible at waist level or slightly above.
Encourage your loved one to turn the handles of pots and pans inward, so they’re not sticking out over the edge of the stove. To prevent burns, provide easily accessible potholders and mitts.
To keep your loved one from adding the wrong ingredients, spilling hot foods, and keeping them safe from tripping – particularly next to the stove – make sure there is ample lighting in the kitchen. In front of the oven and sink, non-slip mats should be used – or anywhere a spill could happen.
Encourage them to keep all cabinets and drawers closed when they are not accessing what’s inside.
Provide Your Loved One with a Safe Environment at Discovery Village At Sarasota Bay
Though your loved one may still like to cook, at Discovery Village At Sarasota Bay, three delicious and nutritious meals a day are provided. Courtesy of our Sensations Dining Program, our residents sing the praises of catered dining as being the high point of living in our community. Prepared by Sensation chefs, your loved one will be treated to mouthwatering dishes that incorporate fresh ingredients (which are frequently locally sourced). Table service is complete with linen napkins, tasteful lighting, high-end tableware, tablecloths, and more, to lavishly complete every dining experience.
From amazing amenities and cozy residences to inviting indoor common areas and lush outdoor spaces, Discovery Village At Sarasota Bay is the perfect choice for spending your golden years.
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