When it comes to being a caregiver for your parent, giving them the most benefit is about much more than just handling their health needs, or giving them rides when they need to go somewhere. This role is about supporting their quality of life, and helping them to live the best life possible. One important element of that is making their environment as accessible as possible. Just as you consider accessibility issues when you are bringing your parent out on an outing, you must also consider accessibility when it comes to their home. This means making adjustments to ensure your parent is able to use their space as much, and as efficiently, as possible. One area where this is particularly important is the kitchen. Your senior uses their kitchen every day, but it can be challenging and even dangerous. Making it more accessible can help foster a sense of independence and support a healthier, safer lifestyle.
Use these tips to create a more accessible kitchen for your parent:
- Replace a stove with knobs with one with buttons for a senior with dexterity issues
- Consider a small, countertop dishwasher for a senior who has difficulty bending
- Replace cabinets with knobs with those with handles for easier grip and control
- Store large containers where they are easily accessed so your parent does not have to reach overhead or bend down
- Transfer items from large containers to smaller containers that are easier for your parent to manage
- Replace a conventional coffee maker with one that is designed to make a single cup with a pod for easier clean up and less risk of danger
- Keep frequently used items such as a plate, bowl, cup, and spoon on the counter where your parent can easily get to them
Helping your senior maintain a sense of independence and autonomy is one of the most important things you can do for them as a family caregiver. Many elderly adults struggle with feeling as though they have lost their independence, and no longer have control over their life. Designing a care approach that includes the customized services of a home care provider can be a meaningful and beneficial way to help your parents feel more independent, while still knowing they are getting all of the care and support they need to manage their health and safety issues in the most effective ways possible. These customized services can include transportation, meal preparation, medication reminders, mobility support, companionship, assistance with personal care needs, and more.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING SENIOR CARE IN LAS VEGAS, NV, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF SUMMERLIN. 702-800-4616.