Most aging parents want to take care of themselves for as long as possible, even when it becomes difficult to do so. This can be hard for grown children to accept, especially if your parent has vision issues, limited mobility, or a failing memory. Cooking can be a particularly touchy issue, as it is all too easy for a serious accident to occur in the kitchen. Thankfully, there are some great kitchen tools for older adults who don't want to stop cooking simply because they aren't as young as they used to be.
Many senior loved ones have vision problems, but these devices can help them see more clearly:
Measuring cups and measuring spoons with large, contrasting numbers make it easy for seniors to measure ingredients accurately.
Thermometers and timers with large digital displays make it easy to see the temperature and to set the timer correctly when cooking items on the stove or in the oven.
Tools for Mobility Issues
When a loved one is getting on in years, it can become difficult to carry heavy objects. This is especially true for those who have arthritis or hand tremors. There are various devices that aid with mobility, both for dignity and ingenuity.
The Pour Thing is a handy appliance that makes it easy to pour any jug without spilling. It doesn't take up much space and is available in several size options.
A reacher tool makes it possible to extend your reach without having to climb on a counter or stand on a chair to reach something. It is specifically made for those with arthritis but is ideal for any senior who wants to cook safely. This tool can be bought online and is available in varying lengths.
Electric jar openers allow seniors to open jars on their own, with ease.
Kitchen tools don't stop with gadgets. There's also senior-friendly dinnerware to consider...
Corelle and melamine dishes are not only aesthetically pleasing, they are also unlikely to break when dropped.
Silverware with an ergonomic rubber handle is both comfortable and convenient to use.
Make it as easy as possible for your loved one to enjoy preparing food solo by investing in kitchen tools for seniors. You’ll do your loved one a favor by allowing them to have more independence and will be doing yourself a favor by reducing the risk of kitchen accidents.
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