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- See-through cabinets and open shelving allow for the quick and easy location of items inside kitchen cupboards
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- If a conventional cook-top is proving to be a hazard, consider replacing it with a safer, induction cook-top. This enables the person with dementia to continue to be an active participant in the household.
Other safety devices include a safety cut off switch on the main power board, stove isolation switches safety electrical cords, gas detectors and gas cut-off switches.
- Devices can be installed to adapt a conventional cook-top and make it safer. For example, a stove guard is a motion detector that automatically turns off the stove if the person moves away from it.
- Bring daylight into the space to ensure bright, even lighting (a minimum general light level of 600 lux)
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- If a kitchen appliance such as a kettle needs to be replaced, ensure that it is substituted with a similar kettle that looks and works in a way that is familiar to the person with dementia
- To ensure safety in the kitchen ensure that tiles are non-slip or use a non-slip treatment on ordinary tiles to make them slip resistant.
Principles 1 & 7
- Principle 7: Use fixtures such as cross-head taps which are more familiar to the person with dementia, rather than mixer taps.
Principle 1:Water flow monitors, flood detectors and pressure activated plugs can help reduce the incidences of flooding and water-related slips and falls.
- A whiteboard can be used to note what is in the fridge or pantry and can also be used for shopping lists, reminders and important messages
Principles 3,7 & 10
- Principle 7; Principle 10: Provide opportunities for familiar and meaningful engagement such as drying and storing the dishes away after a meal.
Principle 3: Be mindful of not creating a fire hazard.
Principles 3 & 10
Principle 3: Frequently used items should be placed on the kitchen bench top or open shelf.
Principle 10: Provide an opportunity for domestic activities like making a cup of tea.
- Principle 3: Use labels with words/images to help make finding things easier for the person with dementia
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