For most of us, cooking a family dinner requires very little thought. We gather the necessary ingredients, grab some pots and pans and, just like that, become our favourite celebrity chef. While that might be oversimplifying things a bit, it is quite accurate unless you are affected by dementia. Then, the scenario can become quite challenging and potentially dangerous.
For someone living with dementia, cooking dinner isn’t such an easy task. They will often forget where the pots and pans are, what ingredients they need to cook with, how to use the cooker and, in some instances to even turn the cooker off. This could be potentially hazardous to them and their home in the event of a fire.
If you know someone affected by dementia, keep reading to learn some simple things that you can do to make their lives a little easier and a whole lot safer.
Kitchen Tips For People Affected By Dementia
Install Fire, Smoke Or Heat Alarms - every home should have a fire or smoke alarm installed near the kitchen. A carbon monoxide detector is a good idea as well. These devices can alert you to a fire before it gets out of control, enabling you to get to safety.
Check That Your Cooker Is Safe - if you have an electric cooker, have an electrician inspect it for safety and proper operation.
Install The Hob Angel - The Hob Angel® is an innovative device that turns off the power to your electric cooker hobs safely and reliably reducing the risk of fire.
Plan Out The Kitchen - make your kitchen easier to use and dementia friendly by putting often used items within easy reach, labelling items and their locations, and place items such as stepladders, non-slip cutting mats and other safety devices in plain sight.
Use An Electric Kettle - electric kettles are much safer than those used on a stove-top because they have an automatic shut-off which activates once it has boiled.
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