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Reaching/bending for objects on shelves, slipping on wet flooring and getting up from kitchen chairs that slide/aren’t equipped with arm-rest support

Risk Factors Prevention
  • High/low shelf/cabinet heights
  • Slippery floor surfaces
  • Unstable chairs
  • Objects on high shelves/cabinets

  • Activity:

  • Climbing on unsteady stools/chairs to obtain items
  • Place a water-absorbent, non-skid mat in front of the sink
  • Use kitchen chairs with arms to allow elders to sit/stand up more easily
  • Never keep wheeled chairs in the kitchen
  • Avoid storing frequently-used items (e.g., heavy pots and pans) on high shelves or in high cabinets
  • Position cabinet/shelf between elder’s waist and shoulder
  • Consider using a Lazy Susan if cabinet/shelf space is limited
  • Provide adequate lighting
  • Clean up spills immediately
  • Stay off freshly mopped floors
  • Remove sliding throw rugs or secure them with non-slip backing
  • Use a sturdy step stool with a handle for balance support to obtain out-of-reach items
  • Encourage elders to ask for help whenever possible with tasks like changing light bulbs and retrieving things from high shelves rather than relying on the step stool

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