As we get older, there are a number of challenges we will face. For some seniors, cooking at home can be far more complicated than it was in their younger years. Having diminished strength, more difficulty getting things down from cabinets that are higher up, and even memory related challenges can pose safety issues for many seniors.
There are steps people can take to improve safety for their elderly and disabled loved ones, and when focused on safety in the kitchen, where the vast majority of home fires start, it can make all the difference in keeping them healthy and safe through life.
Here are a few things that people might consider doing to improve their own safety or that of a loved one.
1. Use timing devices.
A simple egg timer could be a great way to help individuals remember that they have something cooking on the stove. Far too often an older individual may put something on the stove, walk away to do something else, and completely forget what was cooking. If it is allowed to burn on the stove, it can lead to a fire.
Keep in mind that timing devices don’t just have to be egg timers. They can be smart watches, smartphones and tablets, and other items that will ring almost endlessly to make sure the individual is aware of the warning sign.
2. Make sure smoke detectors work.
A smoke detector can certainly be annoying when it is beeping in the middle of the night because the battery is low, or when toast was allowed to cook a little bit too long, but they can be lifesavers. If a smoke doctor begins going off because the senior walked away and forgot something was cooking in the oven, it can prevent a serious fire.
3. Rely on assistance.
If somebody has difficulty maintaining their own independence in a healthy and safe way, they should consider home care support services. Sure, family and friends can be a wonderful support system as well, but relying on a home care aide means that senior will have somebody stopping by at the same time every day, and that can provide them the encouragement they need to go out and keep living as independently as they want and can.
A home care aide can assist with preparing meals and can certainly help keep them safe at all times.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Fort Myers, FL, please contact the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse Home Health Care at (239) 307-0033.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.