Cooking is a wonderful way to stimulate your parent’s mind and preserve their memory. They are also more likely to eat a healthy and well-balanced diet if they cook for themselves rather than always relying on convenience foods. As their family caregiver, you want to encourage your aging loved one to get into the kitchen and prepare their own foods as much as possible, but their challenges and limitations might make it more difficult for them. The holiday season is a great time for you to find creative and thoughtful ways to help your parent live their best life, and that includes giving gifts that help to improve their safety on a daily basis. Helpful gadgets and easy to use tools can address your senior’s challenges and limitations in ways that improve their safety and boost their confidence in the kitchen.
Some gifts to give your senior this holiday season that can improve their kitchen safety include:
- Bar mats to position near the sink and the dishwasher. These mats wick away water so your parent does not slip. They also provide shock absorption and support to ease stress on the joints when standing for a long period, such as when washing dishes
- Miniature handheld choppers that allow your parent to tuck ingredients they want to chop under the device and press a button to chop. This keeps their fingers away and allows for easier chopping for seniors who have difficulty with hand strength or flexibility
- Burner covers that allow your senior to keep the eyes of their stove covered when they aren’t in use. This will give them a visual reminder if the covers are off to know the stove is hot
- A stable step stool to allow your parent to safely get more leverage and reach items that are too high without attempting to climb on a chair or something else that is not stable
One of the most beneficial tools at your disposal as a family caregiver is senior care. A senior home care services provider can be an exceptional addition to your care routine with your loved one. With this type of care, you can feel absolutely confident your senior is getting the exact care and support they need to manage their challenges and limitations even when you are not able to be with them. This means they can be a more active and independent, manage their health problems effectively, and maintain as much independence as possible as they age in place.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Manalapan, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.