With the arrival of warmer weather across the country, many people are venturing out of the kitchen and out to the grill. It’s important to remember that while this summer pastime is always fun – it can also be dangerous.
1. Cook your meat thoroughly:
Food poisoning can hit a person receiving in-home care very hard. It is something that can easily happen when a hamburger or steak is not on the grill long enough. There is a risk of getting E. coli, salmonella or another bacteria. The bottom line is that you want to make sure and check the meat before you eat it. If it looks a little too raw, hunger can wait for a few more minutes on the grill.
2. That’s hot – watch out:
An older person does not have the reflexes they used to. That means keeping aware of where they are at all times while the grill is hot. It is easy for a little mistake to create a very big burn. One way of doing this so the senior doesn’t feel helpless or like a child is to turn it into a teaching moment. How did they use the grill? Having them talk another person through the steps not only keeps them safe, but it lets them feel involved.
3. Grilling is a group activity:
You don’t want an elderly person lighting up a grill fire alone. Too many things can go wrong and that takes away what Homewatch CareGivers is trying to provide – peace of mind. A faulty propane tank can cause a fire and charcoal can cause serious burns if there is a spill. With an eye on the dangers, it’s best to try and arrange a group of people to enjoy good barbecued food. Seniors’ sense of awareness is not what it once was and neither are their senses. They may not hear the hiss of a burner and it may take them a second too long to react to a sudden influx of heat. A senior can enjoy watching someone grill just as much as doing it themselves. They can also mix the sauce or the spice rub. Make sure you focus on what parts they safely can do, instead of what they can’t.
Homewatch CareGivers has a guide to in-home senior safety to maximize your safety and independence. These simple steps can greatly reduce the likelihood of unplanned hospital stays as well as enable a healthier and more independent lifestyle for seniors. Download Your Copy