A doctor with New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery says that 6 out of 10 falls happen within the home. It’s also said that 33 percent of adults 65 or older fall each year and half of those people fall more than once.
The bathroom is one area where falls are common. Don’t overlook the kitchen, however. It’s another area where older adults are likely to fall and injure themselves. Make sure your mom’s kitchen is as safe as possible by following these redesign tips.
Eliminate the Need for a Stool
If items your mom needs are in high cabinets, she’s more likely to grab a chair to reach what she needs. A stool can help, but she can still lose her balance. Bringing things down to her level is ideal.
Move items your mom rarely uses into the upper cabinets. Everything else can be moved to lower cabinets. Things she uses often, such as a coffeemaker, can be placed on the counter.
Add Slide-Out Pot Drawers
If your mom has a hard time bending over to reach something in the back of a lower cabinet, consider replacing the cabinet with slide-out drawers. Pot drawers easily slide out and allow your mom to open the drawer and take out what she needs.
Get Rid of Mats
If your mom likes kitchen mats, she needs to get rid of them. If she can’t live without them, make sure she has a heavier mat that has a non-slip backing. A mat that slips around increases the risk of a fall. A memory foam mat designed for the kitchen is ideal.
Put in Vinyl Non-Slip Flooring
Linoleum and tile flooring can be slippery. If your mom is in socks and loses traction, she can fall. Newer vinyl flooring is one idea. Even wet this flooring isn’t very slippery. The vinyl planks look like wood and come in dozens of wood tones.
You can hire someone to install the vinyl planks or install it yourself. It’s a click and lock system that doesn’t require too many tools. Instructions come in the box.
It could be time for her to have help with home chores like meal preparation and grocery organization. Talk to her about it.
Elderly care services help your mom when she’s living at home alone. She doesn’t give up her independence. She doesn’t have to move. She has the help she needs when she needs it. She may want caregivers to stop by once a week or every day. Call an elderly care agency to learn more.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering Home Health Care in Delray Beach, FL, please contact the caring staff at MAZALTOV HOME CARE, LLC today at. (561) 465-5920