Mom with dementia using our microwave. Any advice?


Mom thinks she is capable of using the microwave. Seems OK heating water for coffee, but hits the wrong buttons for baked potato and other things that could burn. Should I unplug our microwave? Then, she may try the stove, which may be a worse hazard.



The stove is usually on its own circuit and can easily be turned off from your electrical panel (if the panel is easy access). Sometimes the microwave or the fridge are on separate circuits and you can turn the microwave off the same way. If the fridge and microwave are on the same circuit, you might want to consider adding a power strip (usually with surge protector) so you can easier switch the microwave on/off.

You might want to try teaching your mom to use time settings on the microwave. The start button on my microwave runs the microwave for 30 seconds with each push. It took a few times, but eventually got her to just use "start" to reheat because "that's so much easier".
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Reply to TNtechie

Or just unplug the microwave and take the knobs off of the stove when you're away. Sounds like mom needs more care though and should not be left alone.
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Reply to blannie

Probably the safest way to shut things down while you are away is to find the proper fuses to stove and counter top. You will not have to pull out appliaces Make sure the fridge keeps running.
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Reply to MACinCT

When Dad lived with me, I didn't allow him to use either. But I was able to be home with him 24/7 unless I had someone to relieve me. And his mobility was so very slow that I could check to see what he was doing before he could leave his room.
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