This month's theme is 'Celebrating Safety' and Senior Helpers of San Luis Obispo County would like to take some time this month to discuss ways to keep seniors safe in their homes while also aiming to help expand their independence. This week, we would like to focus on the ways to cook safely in the home to avoid cooking fires and other dangers.
The kitchen is one of the more dangerous places in the house, especially for aging seniors. People over the age of 65 live with a 2.5x greater risk of dying in a kitchen fire than the general population, according to statistics from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA informs there are thousands of deaths and injuries in the home each year, and that kitchen fires caused from cooking are one of the leading causes. There are several reasons for this increase of risk to people over the age of 65. They might be unable to rapidly respond to a fire emergency due to physical and sensory impairment. They might be experiencing hindered mental facilities due to forms of dementia or regular aging. Sometimes medications they are prescribed effect their ability to respond to an emergency situation in a proper and timely manner. Often times, they simply don't have anyone nearby to help in the event of a cooking fire.
While all of that information may seem alarming, Senior Helpers of San Luis Obispo County would like to extend a few helpful suggestions to reduce the risk of kitchen fires in the home.
Aging presents many challenges, but seniors should not need to give up their love of cooking simply since they have lost a bit of mobility or mental faculties. The answer is to provide a comfortable and safe environment for cooking.
If you would like to learn more about dependable in-home help for the elderly and the many benefits of professional senior care at home or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers of San Luis Obispo County to speak to a senior care specialist today 805-470-1594! The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran. In-home senior care and in-home assisted living allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of San Luis Obispo County provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Atascadero, Arroyo nde, Cambria, and surrounding areas. Visit www.seniorhelpers.com/sanluisobispo for more information.