Kitchen

 

Reaching/bending for objects on shelves, slipping on wet flooring and getting up from kitchen chairs that slide/aren’t equipped with arm-rest support

Risk Factors Prevention
  • High/low shelf/cabinet heights
  • Slippery floor surfaces
  • Unstable chairs
  • Objects on high shelves/cabinets

  • Activity:

  • Climbing on unsteady stools/chairs to obtain items
  • Place a water-absorbent, non-skid mat in front of the sink
  • Use kitchen chairs with arms to allow elders to sit/stand up more easily
  • Never keep wheeled chairs in the kitchen
  • Avoid storing frequently-used items (e.g., heavy pots and pans) on high shelves or in high cabinets
  • Position cabinet/shelf between elder’s waist and shoulder
  • Consider using a Lazy Susan if cabinet/shelf space is limited
  • Provide adequate lighting
  • Clean up spills immediately
  • Stay off freshly mopped floors
  • Remove sliding throw rugs or secure them with non-slip backing
  • Use a sturdy step stool with a handle for balance support to obtain out-of-reach items
  • Encourage elders to ask for help whenever possible with tasks like changing light bulbs and retrieving things from high shelves rather than relying on the step stool

Other Areas of Fall Prevention

Cannot say enough wonderful things about Right at Home. Right at Home was originally hired just to help with medications for my 83-year-old father as he was alone in his home while his four daughters live in another state. As anyone that has an elderly loved one that lives out of state knows...it's hard to worry from afar. It was a great relief to know that Right at Home was checking on him and keeping in touch with us. The nurse was trustworthy, caring, kind and just fantastic in every way. Right at Home spent much time on the phone with us to help choose and get him into a rehab facility after he was sick last year, which I always felt was above and beyond. Just recently I was up visiting with my father because he had developed an infection. My dad refused to go to the hospital and the nurse from Right at Home stayed with us for an extra 4 hours or so until we could finally get the help my father desperately needed at the hospital. Again above and beyond. The Right at Home nurse was like an angel during this stressful time. Five stars is not enough to rate how much Right at Home helped us with our dad.

Mr. Heineman

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