Cooking may be something that your senior still enjoys doing, but you might be nervous about the idea. It can be pretty dangerous without the right tools.
If your elderly family member doesn’t have the fine motor control that she used to have, cutting foods with a knife can be a little unnerving to watch. When she’s wearing cut-resistant gloves, she is far less likely to accidentally slip with the knife. These gloves don’t restrict her movement, but do keep her safer.
Choppers and Dicers
It’s probably not as easy as it once was for your senior to chop and dice fruits and vegetables. This is where choppers and dicers come in really handy. These tools typically have multiple blades and use gravity or only a little bit of pressure to cut and chop the foods that you put inside. She can often cut much more at once than with a knife.
Jars and bottles can be difficult to grasp and to turn. If you’ve ever battled one yourself you know how stubborn they can be. An automatic jar opener does all the hard work for your senior and allows her to save her strength for other tasks.
Knob turners fit over existing knobs and make it easier for your senior to be able to turn them. This is particularly helpful if your elderly family member cannot grasp small knobs easily or if she has difficulty turning them due to poor hand strength. Universal knob turners allow her to use the same tool on a variety of knobs.
Boiling over is a problem for even the most careful cook, but in the case of your senior, she can easily burn herself with boiling liquids. Boil-over lids fit over pots and help to make a boil-over less likely. Choose one made of silicone so that it stays cool even while it’s in use.
Oven Rack Protectors
Oven racks can be really dangerous when your senior is putting something into the oven or removing it. Sometimes pot holders aren’t enough to help her avoid a burn, either. These rack protectors are usually made of silicone and fit right over the leading edge of the rack to keep her from contacting the hot metal with bare skin.
Home care providers aren’t a kitchen tool, but they can definitely help your senior to stay safer in the kitchen. They can also take over for your senior so that she doesn’t have to expend all her energy on one task. With their help, your senior can do what she wants and know that someone is there to handle the rest.
If you or an aging loved one are considering homecare in West Trenton, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.