Preparing meals: What tools make meal preparation easier for someone with arthritis?

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What tools make meal preparation easier for someone with arthritis?

Question

Due to the progression of her arthritis, my mom is struggling with preparing meals and I worry about her eating properly. What basic kitchen tools can I buy for her to make this easier?

Our answer

If your mom has favourite kitchen tools, you may consider adding foam tubing to the handles to make them easier and more comfortable to grip. Pipe insulation is useful for this and comes in many sizes. You might take a couple of her utensils into your favourite hardware or building supply store to see which type works best.

As well, the Arthritis Foundation website offers very helpful information about what may need to be considered when purchasing products for people with arthritis. We recommend that you read this prior to taking your mom with you to purchase the tools to ensure they work well for her and that she'll use them.

Here are direct links to a few examples of kitchen aids from Hamilton Beach's Canadian website. They range in price from $30 to $50 (Cdn), not including tax and shipping:

  • One Touch Can Opener, by BIOS MedicalOne Touch Can Opener, by Bios Medical (at Staples Canada). To use this product, you simply place the device on top of the can, press the button and the can opens in seconds. This device costs about $35 (Cdn), plus an additional shipping fee.
  • KitchenAid Mini Food Processor with Dual Speed (at Walmart) is lightweight and can process or chop a wide variety of foods. This device costs about $80 (Cdn), plus an additional shipping fee
  • Hamilton Beach Egg Cooker (at amazon.ca) is an easy-to-use device that cooks up to 7 eggs at a time. This device costs about $30 (Cdn), plus an additional shipping fee.
  • Ergo Kettle by Uccello Kettle (at firstSTREET) is an ergonomic kettle designed for individuals with limited upper extremity strength, such as those with arthritis. The kettle rests in a cradle stand and, with minimal effort, tips forward to pour water easily and safely. This device costs about $120 (U.S.) plus additional shipping fees.

Another place to find out about arthritis-friendly tools is the arthritis aids selection at agecomfort.ca, which offers products from a range of manufacturers that are designed to help people with arthritis manage many types of tasks of daily living, including meal preparation.

 

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