Arthritis comes with more than physical pain in the joints. It can also make it hard to complete daily activities of living. Holding a knife to chop meats and vegetables becomes a challenge. Grating cheese seems impossible. That’s just a start to the challenges.
Your mom and dad may start gathering takeout menus and buying microwavable dinners. Don’t let them sacrifice a healthy diet. Take a look at these small kitchen appliances that help seniors with meal preparation.
Automatic Jar Opener
A lid on a jar is difficult for many people to open because of the vacuum seal. When you have arthritis, it’s hard enough grasping the lid, but it’s harder turning it with the strength needed to break that seal. An automatic jar opener grabs and twists the lid for you.
Homemade bread is a treat on a cold day. A loaf of bread and a bowl of soup is an easy, nutritious meal. Mixing a heavy dough and kneading it takes time and muscle. Arthritis can make it hard to really knead the dough hard enough. With a bread machine, the machine does all the hard work. You measure the grains, water, flour, yeast, and additions, the machine mixes, kneads, and bakes.
Electric Can Opener
Holding a can opener with one hand while twisting with the other is hard enough. Add the pain of arthritis and it seems impossible. With an electric can opener, the machine does the work. Your mom and dad won’t have a hard time opening cans of beans, olives, or broth again.
Slicing, chopping, and grating vegetables and cheese is a challenge for anyone with arthritis. With a food processor, you can grate cheese in seconds. Slice vegetables like carrots and summer squash into a uniform thickness just as fast. The blade turns onion into a fine mince in just a few blade cycles. Food processor parts are dishwasher safe, so clean up is also easy.
Even if you don’t have arthritis, a slow cooker is a helpful appliance. Slice vegetables, cut meats into bite-size portions, add a liquid, and let the slow cooker do the rest. Slow cookers come in all shapes and sizes. You cook and serve from one pot, so you don’t have to carry items from the oven to the counter. Some have attachments that stir the stew or soup periodically, too.
There’s an easier way for your parent to eat well every day. Bring in a home health care specialist to cook meals for them. Caregivers will cook meals, dine with your parent, and clean up after. Learn more by calling our home health care agency and asking about shopping and food preparation services.