The kitchen is the heart of the home. Hanging out, relaxing and cooking for yourself or loved ones is something that people of all ages like to do, especially older adults who have a background or passion for cooking. However, as we get older, a kitchen that used to meet our needs may need some adjustments to ensure we can safely continue cooking and enjoying meals.
A few simple changes can help make your kitchen a safe place:
- Rearrange: Make sure the ingredients, equipment and dishes that you use most often are in easily accessible locations. Store frequently used items at waist level to minimize bending and reaching.
- Make it easy: Make sure all cabinets and drawers are easy to open and close.
- Step up safely: Invest in a sturdy step stool with a hand rail to access out-of-reach items. Never climb on a chair, table or stool not designed for climbing.
- Take a seat: Have a stool or chair in the kitchen for resting while you cook to prevent fatigue or loss of balance.
- Add a mat: Add non-slip mats with beveled edges to areas that might become wet, such as in front of the sink and the dishwasher.
- Use smaller containers: Divide products from large containers into smaller and lighter containers that are easier to handle than heavy bags, boxes or jars.
- Keep it tidy: Wipe up spills immediately. A wet floor is a slippery floor, and dry goods like sugar and flour can be as slippery as ice.
Visit www.steadyu.ohio.gov to find more tips and resources.
During “A Prescription to Prevent Falls,” April 1-7, 2019, STEADY U will again partner with the Ohio Pharmacists Association and pharmacies around the state to help older Ohioans and their caregivers understand and minimize the risk of falling potentially caused by the medicines they take to remain healthy. We hope that you will consider partnering with a local pharmacy to host a community medication review event! Visit www.steadyu.ohio.gov for more information.
There are several ways your organization can partner with local pharmacies for a “A Prescription to Prevent Falls” event. You can promote and help publicize the event to ensure your older constituents know about the opportunity. You can invite a participating pharmacy to hold the event at your facility. You could even organize a field trip to your partner pharmacy. Together, we can help older adults prevent falls.