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Kitchen safety is the utmost importance after a stroke.
Safety measures need to be taken in the kitchen with
stoves, cupboards, cooking, cleaning, utensils, glassware
The type of safety measures needed in the kitchen
depend on the severity and symptoms after a stroke.
Here are 6 areas to kitchen safety after a stroke!
1. Knives...don't lay them close to edges, where
they could fall and hurt someone...make sure
the handles are tight fitting, and not loose, so
you don't slip and cut yourself...using the right
knife for the right job doesn't just make the
job easier, but it is safer. Label the knives for
the job they are made for! If you only have
one hand to work with, get yourself a rocking
knife...use choppers...purchase pre-chopped
fruits, vegetables and meals.
2. Floor Safety...Be careful of drips! They can
cause falls, so clean them up as they happen.
Same thing with spills...and dry the area well.
Washing the floor? Turn the garbage can
around...using a black magic marker write
"WET FLOOR" and set the can at the entryway
into the kitchen. Nobody will walk on it and
fall. If the stroke survivor has a problem
reading, make sure they know what it says...
and the purpose of it!
3. Dishes & Glassware...Don't put these items too
close to the edges of cupboards, counters, or
tables. They could be knocked to the floor!
Use plastic, where you can. If they do fall, they
won't shatter and break. If you are in a wheel-
chair, make sure these items are within your
reach, along with spices and items used on a
regular basis. You also want items at eye level.
Label items, if you or the stroke survivor has a
problem with their eyes and reading small print.
You can purchase small labels at any office
4. Stove Safety...If you use front and back burners,
use the back burners first, with handles facing
away from the front, but not over other burners.
Pay attention, when using the stove. Things need
to be stirred and the heat may have to be lowered
to prevent burning. Long hair? Tie it back, so it
doesn't accidentally catch on fire and be careful
when wearing long sleeves for the same reason.
In a wheelchair...make sure the stove has the knobs
in the front, so you don't have to reach to the back.
Keep potholders within reach!
5. Countertop Safety...Use non-slip materials to set
bowls, pots, pans, cutting boards and anything
else that might slip on you, while using it. If you
are in a wheelchair, countertops may have to be
lowered for easier and safer access, to prevent
6. Microwaves, Crockpots, & Skillets...It may not be
safe for you to use the stove and/or oven. You
may want someone to prepare meals in quantities,
that can be frozen in individual "microwavable"
containers. Another option is to buy frozen or
fresh meals that you can pop in the microwave.
You may also be able to use crockpots and skillets,
in which large quantities can be made and frozen
in individual servings. Stews, soups, and casseroles
are good meals for this.
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