Kitchen

Can you easily reach the kitchen items that you use regularly without climbing, bending or upsetting your balance?

That’s really great! Arrange the kitchen so that items used regularly such as pots and pans, canned goods and staple foods are stored in an easy–to–reach location—between knee and shoulder heights. Use a stable step stool with safety rail or ask for help if you need to reach high places.

Store light items higher up and heavy items in lower cupboards. Keep your pots and pans, canned goods and staple foods in an easy–to–reach location—between knee and shoulder heights. Ask for help if you need to reach high places. Keep heavy items stored in the lower cupboards and light items in the higher cupboards. Use a stable step stool with safety rail or ask for help if you need to reach high places.

Is there good lighting over work areas?

Perfect! Make sure kitchen lighting is bright and even, especially near the stove, sink and countertop work areas. You can replace burned out light bulbs and ask for help if the bulb is high up or difficult to reach. Use light bulbs that have the highest wattage recommended for the fixture. Good lighting is an important factor in preventing falls since areas that are poorly lit or in shadow can hide slipping and tripping hazards. Use indirect lighting or frosted bulbs to reduce glare.

Lighting is an important factor in preventing falls since areas that are poorly lit or in shadow can hide slipping and tripping hazards. Make sure kitchen lighting is bright and even, especially near the stove, sink and countertop work areas. Use light bulbs that have the highest wattage recommended for the fixture. Replace burned out light bulbs right away and ask for help if the bulb is high up or difficult to reach. Use indirect lighting or frosted bulbs to reduce glare.

Do you clean up spills immediately?

Way to go! Always wipe up spills as soon as they occur. Keep a mop in a nearby closet or room to help you successfully clean up a spill right away. Some floor surfaces are particularly slippery when wet.

Always wipe up spills as soon as they occur. Keep a mop in a nearby closet or room to help you successfully clean up a spill right away. Some floor surfaces are particularly slippery when wet.

Have you removed all throw rugs and mats?

That’s awesome! Remove all throw rugs and mats. If they are needed, ensure they are firmly secured and have a non-slip underlay. Remove scatter mats from the top of the stairs and high traffic areas leading into the kitchen.

Remove all throw rugs and mats. If they are needed, ensure they are firmly secured and have a non-slip underlay. Never have scatter mats at the top of the stairs or in high traffic areas leading into the kitchen. Most falls in older adults happen at home, so it is important to remove any hazards.

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