From the Department of Rehabilitation Science - University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Portions of the full document are used here as a helpful tool to find issues in your home.
The list identifies all the potential home hazards that may cause a fall.
- Cabinet too high or low
- Not enough counter space
- Using a stool or a chair to reach things
- Not enough room to maneuver
- Presence of throw/scatter rug
- Presence of slippery floor
- Poor lighting
- Presence of a pet underfoot when preparing meals
Solutions to Problems in the Kitchen
1. Cabinet too high or too low
- Move items to the shelves closest to the counter.
- Add hooks to the wall for pots and pans you use frequently.
2. Not enough counter space
- Make sure available counter space is cleared of clutter. Use Lazy Susan.
- Move kitchen table closer to counter for additional work space.
- Use a rolling cart for added work space.
3. Using a stool to a chair to reach things
- Move items to lower shelves.
- Replace the stool with a sturdy step ladder.
4. Not enough room to maneuver
- Eliminate clutter or excessive furniture (extra kitchen chairs, etc.) to add space.
- Remove a leaf from the table and push it closer to the wall.
5. Presence of a throw/scatter rug
- Remove a scatter rug or use a double sided rug tape or rug pad to secure the rug to the floor.
6. Presence of slippery floor
- Do not walk on a wet floor.
- Wear comfortable and fit shoes or socks with a non-skid sole.
- Change flooring surface to one that is less slippery.
7. Poor lighting
- Increase wattage of bulbs to allowable level.
- Add under counter lighting.
- Add additional overhead lighting.
8. Presence of a pet underfoot when preparing meals
- Remove the pet from the kitchen while cooking and add a pet gate to the entry ways of the kitchen.
- Put the pet outside or in a crate.
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