Making the Kitchen Safe for Aging Parents

What You Can Do

Kitchen Safety

  • Remove or secure area rugs.

  • Keep often used dishes in one easy-to-reach spot on the countertop.

  • Discourage the use of heavy pots and pans.

  • Use plastic and/or disposable dishes as much as possible.

  • Rearrange or move pantry items to be more accessible.

  • Rearrange shelves in the refrigerator, if necessary, so that items are easy to access.

  • Keep items like salt, pepper, napkins, utensils within reach of where ever meals are eaten (table or tv tray).

  • Keep healthy snacks on hand, such as; fruit, raw veggies, yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, and peanut butter.

  • Clearly label leftovers with a date.

  • Use a small trashcan to help with trash removal and enlist the help of a friend or neighbor to get trash to the curb for trash pick up days.