Being a family caregiver for an elderly adult who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease can be an extremely challenging undertaking. You are not just making sure that you address the specific needs and challenges that they have according to the symptoms of the disease. You must also recognize how those needs and challenges impact their daily lives and functioning, and take steps to help them continue living the lifestyle that they need and deserve, while remaining safe, secure, and healthy. One way that you can do this is by evaluating each of the areas of the home and recognizing the risks that exist there so that you can resolve them in the best way possible. In most homes, one of the most dangerous areas is the kitchen.
Follow this checklist to help your parent with Alzheimer’s disease stay safer in the kitchen:
• Keep sharp implements such as knives, choppers, and meat forks out of reach of your aging parent so that they do not accidentally injure themselves or possibly harm another person
• Ensure that there is a fire extinguisher readily accessible and functional in the kitchen, and that all members of your care team know how to use it properly
• Remove all loose fabric items that might be too close to any heat-producing equipment, such as the oven, stove, toaster, or other device to help reduce the risk of fire
• If your loved one has extensive confusion or disorientation issues, consider disconnecting the stove or oven to prevent them from turning it on and forgetting about it, possibly causing a fire or releasing carbon monoxide into the home
• Check the food in your parent’s refrigerator regularly to ensure that it is not expired, moldy, or otherwise questionable. A senior with Alzheimer’s disease may not understand expired food or be able to detect potentially dangerous food and put themselves at risk of foodborne infection.
If your aging parent has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting homecare for them. An in-home senior care services provider can be a tremendous source of support and assistance for your aging parent as they are progressing through Alzheimer’s disease. This homecare provider can address your loved one’s specific needs, challenges, and symptoms in a way that is supportive, nurturing, and respectful, and that also takes into consideration their individual personality, goals, and beliefs. This means that your aging parent can get the exact level of care that they need and deserve both when you are able to be with them and when you are not, and that you can feel confident their care will progress with them as their needs change.
When it comes to keeping your parent safer in the kitchen, this homecare provider can manage meal and snack preparation tasks for them, or can get in the kitchen with them to help them stimulate their mind through cooking activities together. This keeps your parent safe while also making their mind stronger, sharper, and more responsive.