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The kitchen and dementia

The kitchen and dementia
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The kitchen and dementia

If you have someone with dementia living with you, your kitchen should be safe and allow the person to use it as independently as possible for as long as possible.

Try to keep everything as familiar as possible by avoiding rearranging too many things. If an appliance needs replacing, and it's safe, try to get the same make and model.

You might consider labelling cupboards to make it easy to find things, or keep commonly used items on the bench.

Appliances with built-in safety features such as automatic cut-off switches are a good idea. Make sure electrical cords are away from water or heating sources.

If the time comes when the person can no longer use the kitchen safely, then you may need to install a master cut-off switch for the stove, and take away any sharp knives, medicines and toxic products such as kerosene. Reduce the temperature of water from the hot water tap using the thermostat and keep a list of contact names and numbers in large print placed by the telephone.

You can find out more by reading the Alzheimer's Australia help sheet about safety and dementia.

Last reviewed: November 2016

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