Things happen. Accidents happen. People forget to do things. People miss appointments because they completely forgot about them. And even young, strong, healthy adults who are well-adjusted can walk away from the kitchen with something cooking on the stove or in it and completely forget about it.
They only come to recollection and realization when the smoke detector begins blaring or the house or apartment fills up with smoke. These things happen and, unfortunately, they happen all the time, sometimes with devastating consequences.
For seniors, it could be a sign that their safety is compromised.
Because they happen to people of all ages and from all walks of life, that doesn’t mean when it happens for somebody in their 70s, 80s, or 90s it’s a clear sign they are no longer safe at home. At the same time, though, it doesn’t automatically mean it’s just a small thing that family and friends shouldn’t worry about.
What causes people to forget they’re cooking something?
It could be that the elderly homeowner had too much on his mind. Maybe he has a mortgage payment, the electric bill due, health insurance to think about, and his pension was recently cut. He’s been trying to figure out how to make ends meet, and not with any real success.
He goes to cook himself a nice grilled cheese sandwich, flips it over, and wanders to his office or bedroom to look at some paperwork. He gets engrossed in the paperwork and completely forgets until he hears the smoke detector going off. By then the smoke is pretty thick in the kitchen, but fortunately it didn’t lead to a fire.
It could also be due to memory loss.
Some people will deal with memory related problems as they get older as a natural process of aging. Others might develop some type of dementia, which could include Alzheimer’s.
There could be many reasons why a senior leaves something on the stove and forgets about it. It may be nothing more than stress, being distracted, or little issues that can affect anyone. However, it could also be a sign of things to come.
Whenever something like this happens, it’s a good idea focus on safety first, discuss what happened openly and honestly, listen to that senior, and think about how home care aides could help at various times throughout the week to keep them safe.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Wall, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.