Home Care in Stuart FL
When it comes to keeping your elderly loved one safe, there are so many things to consider in every part of the house. The kitchen and the laundry room offer some specific concerns that you can address quickly.
If Your Loved One Lives on Her Own
When your elderly loved one still lives in her own home, you’re likely less worried about her access to appliances, but there are still safety concerns. For example, if your loved one has a tendency to be forgetful, you may want to put up signs reminding her to turn off the stove. Other appliances, such as the garbage disposal, may be something you want to disable altogether.
Look at where items are stored both in the laundry room and in the kitchen. If they’re difficult to access, heavy, or otherwise a hazard, look for ways to either move those items or come up with another solution for your loved one.
Another important part of safety for your loved one involves checking her fridge, freezer, and pantry. You want to make sure that she’s not eating foods that are expired or otherwise past their prime. Check foods and labels regularly.
Talk with your loved one about anything that she feels is unsafe so that you can address those issues.
If Your Loved One Lives with You
When your loved one lives with you, you may have other concerns in the laundry room or kitchen. If your loved one has issues with turning on appliances that she really doesn’t need to be using, consider using appliance locks or even removing the knobs for those appliances. Most knobs simply slide right off.
If there are any dangerous chemicals under the sink or easily-accessible in the laundry room, consider installing a lock of some sort on the cabinets containing those items. You’ll feel better knowing your loved one can’t access them easily.
Always double check the washer, dryer, and stove before turning them on. Your loved one could have left something inside any of these.
Talk to your loved one’s home care providers about other ways to keep the kitchen and laundry room safer for your elderly loved one.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of home care in Stuart, FL or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Treasure Coast Home Health Care. Call today at 772-872-6983.
We are licensed by the Agency for Healthcare Administration in Florida. As a licensed nurse registry, we refer private duty caregivers to clients in need of personal care services and assistance with every day activities. We are providers of medical and non-medical health care services.
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