Help keep the elderly safe when making hot drinks
The household kettle is a basic fundamental for every household but for an elderly person it can pose a danger as arthritic hands and general lack of strength and possibly reduced sight can make it an accident waiting to happen.
Every one and a half minutes someone is burnt or scalded in the UK in an accident and whilst most injuries occur to the under 5’s the over 65 age group have 8% of accidents and are those at the greatest risk of fatal injuries.
This is 4-5 times greater than the average level for the population as a whole. However, medical experts interviewed and literature on burns/scalds accidents involving elderly people clearly indicates that a large number of these deaths in the elderly are a function of the age of the patients.
How can we help someone avoid an accident with a kettle ? Here are a few ideas and suggestions to make hot drinks safely.
- Use a Kettle cradle
- Invest in a small Travel Kettle for just one or two cups, this is much smaller and lighter and easy to handle.
- Invest in a one cup boiler. I gave one of these to a client who has very poor sight and he loves it. His old kettle is defunct now.
These mean that to make a drink all you have to do it fill the reservoir and then place a cup underneath. Press the button and hey presto in seconds, a cup of boiling water. No lifting kettles.