Easier chopping: What tool will help someone with arthritis chop food?

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What tool will help someone with arthritis chop food?

Question

With her arthritis getting worse in her left hand, my mom is struggling with cutting vegetables and fruit prior to cooking. What can you recommend for her?

Our answer

There are numerous electric choppers on the market that may be able to help your mom. You can purchase them at many larger retail outlets for under $75 (Cdn). Before choosing to purchase an electronic chopper or food processor, be sure that your mom is able to remove the plastic bowl and lid with ease. Here are direct links to some examples that can be purchased online:

If you're looking for a device for smaller chopping jobs, you may like to know about some of the single-handed cutting aids on the market. Here are direct links to examples, which range in price from $30 to $140 (Cdn):

  • ParsonsADL Cutting BoardParsonsADL Cutting Board (at amazon.ca) holds food items in place while cutting
  • Easi-Grip Arthritis Bread Knife (at ArthritisSupplies.com) has an upright handle that keeps the wrist is a neutral, stress-free position. This product, which offers a comfortable grip in either hand, is available from a U.S. retailer and costs about $13 (U.S.), plus an additional shipping fee.Easi-Grip Arthritis Bread Knife

 

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