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An individual's condition will determine what type of equipment is the most suitable. Here are some useful considerations you should take into account when you are purchasing daily living aids and equipment. This helpful guide has been produced by the in-house Occupational Therapists at Nottingham Rehab Supplies.

Kitchen Aids

There are many aids to help the preparation of food in the kitchen. It is sometimes helpful to try these items to gauge if they are compatible.


  • Pushing, pulling, grasping and turning are movements that can be easier with a reaching aid. Made of lightweight aluminium and plastic, reaching aids are available in a variety of sizes and lengths. A magnet on the end can help hold metal objects
  • For people who have limited wrist movements, using a vegetable peeler instead of a knife to peel vegetables is easier. The handle of the peeler should be easy to grip and comfortable to use
  • Cutting boards are available with stainless steel nails pointing up, to hold food securely while cutting it
  • For users who have the use of one hand only, there are various tin openers which can be used, such as an electric tin opener
  • A peeler mounted on a clamp can be attached to a tabletop or cutting board so that the apple or potato can be pushed or pulled across the blade with one hand
  • Jar and bottle openers provide extra grip or leverage for removing twist-off and screw tops. You may want to consider the type of jars and bottles they want to open, as they vary in size. This type of action will still require some strength and dexterity
  • Perching stools can help if you cannot stand for a long time when preparing meals
  • A wheeled trolley can make is easier to transport items that are heavy around the kitchen, and then into another room
  • A kettle tipper is a device that is useful for people who have difficulty lifting a kettle or people suffering from painful joints, tremors or weakness. There are kettle tippers for both jug and traditional shape. It is easier if the kettle is left in place on the tipper all the time and filled using a lightweight jug to avoid having to carry heavy items
  • People with the use of one hand may find a bread spreader useful to keep the bread in place
  • A knife with the handle at the same angle of the blade may be a useful item as it puts less strain on the wrist as it is in a neutral position
  • Vegetable cooking baskets can reduce the strain on wrists, as there is no need to lift the saucepan and its contents together

  • Nottingham Rehab Supplies professionally trained Occupational Therapy Helpline Operator will be pleased to help and guide you on product purpose, suitability, usage and provide technical details to help you make the right choice of product.

    Telephone: 0845 121 8110