Independence in the Kitchen for the elderly

KitchenMaintaining independence in the kitchen for the elderly can be achieved by making a few changes and a little thought. For an elderly person to still be able to cook not only maintains independence but also dignity and self estemm

Remove anything that is not needed to create space and reduce the risk of knocking items over

Consider a microwave if they don’t currently use one, choose a simple model which is easy to learn how to use

  • Remove lids from cartons such as ice-cream, milk bottles, spreads, sauces etc and loosen jar lids
  • Ensure they have a one touch can opener
  • Ensure there are no trip hazards such as rugs or lifting carpets
  • Consider ready meals from supermarkets or a home delivery service such as Oakhouse foods
  • A one cup water boiler avoids the need for lifting a heavy kettle
  • Install a smoke alarm and check the batteries regularly
  • Light weight cooking pans are easier to lift than heavy cast iron ones
  • Ensure good lighting is available
  • Move items in cupboards to a height they can be reached
  • Keep long life foods and drinks in stock.
  • Ensure sharp knives are safely stored separately from cutlery for everyday use
  • Consider “Bumpons” to identify the on/off positions of appliances for those with sight loss
  • Consider using prepared vegetables to avoid having to stand and peel

Please let me know if you have any great ideas I have not thought of so I can add them to the list.


Award-winning blogger and former care columnist for Devon Life magazine. I am passionate about helping elderly people and people with dementia live purposeful and independent lives.
Designer of the Dementia Assistance Card and Points Of Light award recipient, Caron hopes to help carers when resources are limited and demand is ever-increasing. I am here to support you.

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