Making Cooking Less Painful if Your Senior Has Arthritis

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Cooking is one of those activities that you might not think twice about, but if it’s painful for your senior, she might skip it. Arthritis makes all sorts of daily activities, including cooking even a small meal, really painful and difficult to do.

Home Care Services in Aventura FL: Senior Arthritis

Home Care Services in Aventura FL: Senior Arthritis

 

Use Tools that Require Less Dexterity

Ergonomic cooking utensils, like spoons and whisks that have larger handles, can make it easier for your senior to grip them. Likewise, chopping tools and food processors can make using a knife less necessary and therefore less painful. Look for tools that help your senior to do what she needs to do but that don’t require her to injure herself in the process.

 

Choose Pots and Pans with Double the Handles

Pots and pans can be difficult for your senior to move, even when they’re empty. Full of hot food, that can be incredibly dangerous. Look for pots and pans that have double handles on even the smaller pots. This gives your senior a way to balance the weight of the full pan more readily.

 

Keep a Stool Handy

If your aging family member gets worn out easily, then standing in the kitchen to cook may not be helpful. She may also have arthritis in her lower body, which means that standing for even a few minutes in one position can be extremely painful. Put a stool or two in the kitchen so that she can sit or lean when she needs to do so.

 

Rearrange the Kitchen a Bit

Where your senior store’s items matters. Make sure that the items that she uses frequently are easiest to access. Put heavier items on lower shelves and if you can, replace them with similar tools and devices that are less heavy. You might also want to consider installing rolling inserts in cabinets that help to bring items closer to your senior so she doesn’t have to bend and stoop so far.

 

Hire Elder Care Providers

Another option is to hire elder care providers to take over the cooking for your senior. They can help to ensure that she’s eating regular meals that are full of healthy foods and that she’s not putting herself into a bad situation while she’s cooking. They can also make cleaning up a breeze by taking care of it for your senior.

Check in with your senior periodically and determine what else can help her to cook more easily and without pain. The solutions that you put into place can help to ensure that she continues to choose healthy meals full of nutritional ingredients.

If you or a family member are in need of Elderly Care in Aventura, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770.
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About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.