Meals and cooking

If your patient/client is able to cook for themselves these tips may help.

  • Keep the kitchen items used most often together and within easy reach. For example keep cups, tea, coffee and sugar next to kettle where they will be used.
  • Organise kitchen cupboards to avoid bending down or reaching up for the items they use regularly.
  • Leave dishes to drain on a rack instead of towel drying.
  • Sit down to cook, or take regular rests while preparing meals. A perching stool can help. Pace the task to save energy for eating and other things.
  • Slide heavy items such as pans of food along worktops rather than lifting them.
  • If preparing food while standing, keep close to the worktop for support.
  • Kitchen trolleys are useful to carry items around the kitchen or to other rooms in the house.
  • Use recipes which can be made in one pan. Stews and casseroles.
  • Try using a metal basket inside a saucepan. Putting food in the basket means they do not need to lift a heavy hot saucepan; easier and safer when draining cooked vegetables, potatoes or pasta.
  • Have some pre made meals as options. This could be small portions of foods to re heat in a microwave straight from the fridge or freezer or quick cook foods like scrambled eggs on toast, tins of soup, fruit or milkshakes.
  • Some companies specialise in ready meal deliveries to the freezer.
  • Most local council social work departments will have arrangements for delivery of meals for housebound people.
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