As your dad gets older, he’s having a harder time cooking meals and cleaning up his kitchen. He lets dishes stack up until you come. He doesn’t understand that his system isn’t as strong as it used to be when it comes to fighting foodborne illnesses. He spends more time eating canned or frozen dinners than home-cooked meals. You’d like to change that now that his doctor has said he’s not getting enough of the essential nutrients he needs. Setting up his kitchen to make it easier to prepare meals and snacks will help. Hiring in-home care providers would also help to address the situation.
Invest in an Over-the-Sink Prep Station and Put In a Non-Slip Anti-Fatigue Kitchen MatIn-Home Care-Get Your Dad’s Kitchen Set Up for Easier Meal Prep
Some of the newer sinks have built-in cutting boards that fit over them and slide along a track. It makes it easy to wash vegetables and fruits, slice them at the same spot, and move peels to a compost bin. Your dad won’t have to move around to different areas of the kitchen while prepping.
In front of the sink and oven, consider adding non-slip anti-fatigue mats to help ease the pressure on the balls of your dad’s feet. If they’re non-slip, it lowers the risk of one slipping and causing him to fall.
Move Small Appliances to Lower Shelves
The appliances your dad always uses, such as his toaster and coffee maker should be in a convenient area. Items that he doesn’t use as often, such as a blender can be out of the way on a higher shelf or at the back of the pantry.
Consider purchasing a food processor for slicing, grating, and dicing vegetables, fruits, and cheeses. You can also get attachments for a stand mixer if he has one that can grate, slice, spiralize, and grind.
Magnetic Holders Store Knives Safely and Conveniently
A magnetic strip on the wall over his counter is a convenient and safe way to store your dad’s knives. Instead of reaching into a drawer, he can grasp the handle on the knife and pull it from the magnetic strip.
This also frees up space on the counter and in a drawer. Reducing clutter is important when it comes to making his kitchen safer and easier to work in. Another safety tip is to invest in a cutting glove that protects the hand from injury if the knife slips.
Hire In-Home Care Providers
Is your dad in need of help with his meals and snacks? In-home care aides can help your dad plan weekly menus, shop for the ingredients, and prepare the meals and snacks when it’s time.
Not only will his in-home care aide help him with meals and snacks, but he also has someone who will clean his kitchen after dishes. His caregiver will wash and dry dishes, run the dishwasher if he has one, and wipe down the sink, counters, and stovetop.