Creating a practical and accessible kitchen and dining area
Preparing and eating meals can be made easier for anyone with a disability or age-related health condition by optimising your workspace, tools for cooking and incorporating inclusive dining aids into your current tableware.
How can I use kitchen aids to help me prepare and cook food easily?Preparing and cooking food can be difficult if you have limited hand or arm movement or experience tremors or reduced grip. Many food preparation products now provide assistance with chopping, slicing, grating, mixing, whisking and opening as they include subtle features such as added grip, easy pour spouts and solutions to hold and grip food. Jar and bottle openers comes in handy when preparing tinned food and bottled drinks that can be tricky to open. The added grip supports your hand and the tool uses its strength and special design to open them. OXO’s range of Good Grips kitchen tools are ideal for providing an easy and comfortable grip, making them perfect for anyone with arthritis or reduced grip. If you only have use of one arm, a one-handed rolling pin, spreading board with spikes or adjustable bag holder can help you prepare food efficiently and does all the multi-tasking for you. All of our food preparation products incorporate a stylish and contemporary design, which enables them to effortlessly blend into any culinary environment. When it comes to working with food, lots of supermarkets are now making food easier to eat on-the-go, for example, Marks & Spencers have pre-packed vegetables and fruits that are already sliced, diced and peeled making it easier to cook with at home.
How can I adapt cutlery to suit my needs?
Ergonomic cutlery is perfect for tucking in and enjoying your food with ease. Our adaptive cutlery differs from the standard by incorporating features like weighted handles for individuals with tremors, and rubber handles which are easier to maintain a secure grip. If you have limited dexterity in one hand, our curved cutlery is cleverly designed to scoop the food up one-handed and lowers the risk of spills. Reduced grip can cause holding cutlery to be difficult and a dining aid like a utensil strap can make mealtimes easier as it secures the utensil to the users hand and keeps it there until finished. The Knork is a useful piece of cutlery that works like a knife and a fork simultaneously and can be helpful for one-handed eating. Brightly coloured cutlery is perfect for helping to differentiate between the food, plate and the cutlery for users with dementia. Full sets of cutlery can aid independent and inclusive dining for anyone who has difficulty using standard cutlery, with modern designs and hidden features they incorporate easily into any existing cutlery and dining ware.
How can I adapt my dining ware to suit my needs?
Items like our plate surrounds are ideal for eating one-handed and minimising the risk of spills. If you have less dexterity in one hand, the plate surrounds enable you to push the food onto the cutlery by using the wall of the surround as a guide, without the food falling off the plate. Simply clip the plate surrounds onto a standard plate and they can effortlessly blend into any dining environment without appearing too obtrusive. Our red incurve plate surround is ideal for individuals with dementia, as the bright colour is easy to differentiate from the food and the cutlery, making it easier to eat from. Or you could choose our virtually invisible plate surround if you want a less obvious design.
Our innovative range of plates and dishes can help with dividing food, preventing spills and even keeping your food warm whilst you take your time enjoying it. Bowls and dishes now include hidden features such as slopes, dividers, non-slip bases and keep-warm inners which can aid dining and keep mealtime independent and inclusive for all at the dinner table. Attractive styles and colours help this specialist crockery blend in with existing plates and bowls.
How can I adapt drinkware to suit my needs?
When it comes to staying hydrated or enjoying a nice cup of tea, it doesn’t mean having to resort to ugly mugs and cups just because you have restricted neck movement or dexterity problems. It’s easy to have modern drinking aids which have special features such as internal cones, two handles or a non-slip grip. Safe sip reusable drinks covers are also a great way to avoid accidental spills, keeping all the contents inside the cup. A range of dignity drinking aids are specially designed to blend in with existing kitchen ware but enable the user to drink comfortably as they have better, comfortable grip, made from a durable material and are designed for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Tips to keep your kitchen area safe:
- Make sure there is enough light in the kitchen, install night lights if need be.
- Keep electrical appliances away from sinks or areas that are likely to get wet.
- Ensure oven controls are clearly marked and work efficiently.
- Keep cabinet doors closed when not in use. A safety set can make sure to keep them shut and are ideal for young children or someone with dementia who may be likely to get into a cabinet containing pills, washing liquids etc.
- To avoid overreaching or falls, make sure everyday, safe items are are in easy to reach areas and crockery isn’t piled up dangerously.
- Keep knives and sharp tools properly stored.
- Keep pan handles turned away from the edge to avoid spilling hot contents.
- Make sure to avoid rugs in the kitchen that can heighten the risk of falling, or wear slippers that have a good grip sole.
- Tap turners can help you to easily turn the water flow on and off if you have limited hand dexterity.
- Prevent scalds from heavy/full kettles by using a kettle and tipper.
- Use non-slip mats to ensure hot drinks and plates stay in place.
- Turn off electrical items and take out electrical plugs easily with plug tugs.
You can easily create a safe and accessible kitchen environment if you are living with a disability or have age-related health conditions, with the help of kitchen aids, adapted cutlery and diningware. Shop our full range of kitchen aids here