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Dementia Proofing Kitchen Knives.
Huckleberry Finn's father did all his cooking with his pocketknife. I hope he at least wiped it on his shirt between uses.
I think in your position, I would go to a sporting goods store or gun shop and buy a small safe designed to hold a pistol. Some open with a key pad and some use a palm print - lay your hand on it and it opens. Police officers and others who want their pistols safe yet readily available use them.
Knives with rounded points are a little less dangerous than those with sharp points.
You would be surprised at how much cooking can be accomplished without sharp knives. For the last 2 years we have had only 2 butter knives to do any cutting needed. That’s it. And my austerity strategy paid off when he pulled one of them out and waved it at me threateningly last week. Imagine if it had been a sharp, pointy and serrated thing, even a small steak knife.
Dementia and sharp knives don’t mix. Even before he started hallucinating which led me to disappear even potential weapons (screwdrivers, hammers, scissors and definitely knives), DH sliced his finger using a steak knife as the wrong tool (like your DW)...in his case he tried to use it like a bottle or can opener and was standing there dripping blood on the counter, just looking at it. He didn’t know what happened nor what to do about it— surprised and scared me as I saw how much worse that could have gone.
No knives here. But if there were, they’d be locked up and hidden as the members suggested. — I would not let her see where you put the lock box if I were you. My DH has gotten into many things I thought were secured the first time.
The time comes, pretty early with dementia, when our LOs have to be constantly supervised and not be left alone long enough to get into that level of mischief uninterrupted (it was during early mid stages for us). Sounds like it is time at your place. I’m sorry she has fixated on this, but it will be one of many adjustments we caregivers need to make ASAP, to safety proof the home when dementia is present.
Here are some safety tips and a checklist from the “Solutions” tab at the top of this page, that I found helpful. Good luck! It sounds like your DW is a very determined lady. Work-arounds will be your best friend
DANG Linuxhitman!!! I'd be scrrrd!!!!
Yea, put the knives where she can't find them. As a matter of fact, take away anything sharp, heavy and shiny...jeez I am scared for you! Lock box or small safe sounds like a great idea.
On that note, her behavior patterns are suggesting she's thinking you're hiding something from her and it's making her have anxiety about it. Maybe try distracting her with some sort of seek and find game? Like, "Oh, honey I was afraid you were going to see the present I bought for you so I hid it somewhere in our room." Buy her a gift and put it somewhere she can find it?
Otherwise you could pre-prepare meals every couple of days so you don't have to get a knife so often. Like cut up everything in advance and package it so all you have to do is pull it out and start cooking it?
Oh dear, I’m sorry to read all these warnings but also grateful. My mom likes to help dry the dishes and sometimes she hits me with the serving spoons while helping! So, recently, I’ve washed and dried the knives myself because I’m afraid of her poking me with it!
I hope you can find the best solution to keep everyone safe.