Choosing kitchen equipment
If you're buying new equipment, shop around to make sure what you’re buying is easy to use and maintain. Ask yourself the following when choosing:
- Are control knobs easy to reach, grip and turn, push or pull?
- Can I open the doors of electrical appliances?
- Will I be able to clean and maintain equipment easily?
- Can I lift/move appliances easily if I need to?
Electric jug kettles are generally easier to grip and pour from than traditional kettles.
Cordless kettles with a central round power socket to fit onto are easiest, or you could use a lightweight travel model instead. Look for non-slip handles and good balance when lifting. You may find a kettle tipper helpful.
Bring water to the kettle in a lightweight plastic jug to avoid having to unplug or move the kettle. Or think about installing a table-top water boiler so you don’t have to keep refilling a kettle. Fast-boil hot-water dispensers are also available.
You may also find lever taps are easier to use than regular taps. You can buy these, or fit tap turners onto existing taps.
You may want to visit a Disabled Living Centre (contact Living Made Easy for your nearest centre) to try out some helpful equipment. The Disabled Living Foundation or your occupational therapist will also be able to give you advice.