Kitchen safety for persons with Alzheimer’s disease

The kitchen is often called the heart of the home. Make it safe for a person with Alzheimer’s with these tips:

• Install childproof door latches on storage cabinets and drawers designated for breakable or dangerous items. Lock away all household cleaning products, matches, knives, scissors, blades, small appliances, and anything valuable.
• Install safety knobs and an automatic shut-off switch on the stove.
• Remove artificial fruits and vegetables or food-shaped kitchen magnets, which might appear to be edible.
• Insert a drain trap in the kitchen sink to catch anything that may otherwise become lost or clog the plumbing.

Learn more about making a home safe for a person with Alzheimer’s.

Author: Raj C. Shah, MD

I am geriatrician and an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center.

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