Cooking from A Wheelchair: Tips and Hacks


Cooking from a wheelchair can be troublesome, particularly if your home kitchen has not yet been adjusted to suit your needs. Reaching for things from a wheelchair is hard, and if you have limited movement in upper body or spastic muscles, that can make cooking even more challenging.


I am a wheelchair user and big-time foodie. At same time I am a lover of experimentation in kitchen. Hence, my interest in cooking. Based on my personal experiences and that of others, we at STRENTOR have gathered some versatile cooking tips to assist you with getting back in the kitchen and off the microwave dinners.

  1. A Lap Desk: Lap work areas are not only for composing; they can have numerous utilizations in the kitchen. First and foremost, a lap work area fills in as a steady, available arrangement surface for you. Little blending occupations should be possible on the work area rather than on a counter. A lap work area additionally fills in as some safety. At the point when you are moving hot preparation out of the broiler, or hot pots and skillet off the oven, the work area makes a barrier between your lap and the containers, sparing you from spills. It can likewise be utilized to move things from one surface to the next. When you have arranged that plate of food, taking it to the table is a lot simpler when you can lay the food on your desk and have your hands free for driving your wheelchair.

  2. Use Smaller Containers: Sometimes ingredients are difficult to manage because they are in containers that are excessively heavy, too difficult to even think about opening, or too hard to even consider gripping. To make things simpler, first, locate a smaller container that is perfect for you to hold and open. Go to the store and invest some energy in the kitchen aisle, getting containers. Work on opening and shutting various styles of covers. Once you discover a container that is simple and comfortable for you to utilize, move the ingredient from your home containers that are the hardest for you to utilize. For instance, if your milk is too overwhelming to even think about lifting, or the top is too difficult to even consider opening, empty some milk into your new container. At that point you can get to the milk without any problem.

  3. Zip Ties: Zip ties are not something you as a rule find in the kitchen. Yet, these little plastic strips can be utilized to make valuable circles. The principal great spot to utilize zip tie circles is around fridge and bureau handles. This completes two things. It can expand the handle out farther, making it simpler to reach. It can likewise give you more to pull on. Bureau handles can be particularly difficult to hold for somebody with tight or spastic muscles. Include a zip tie circle, and you can snare it around your fingers or hand. Another approach to utilize zip ties is to put them on far off containers. Whenever done right, this gives you something to pull on, to bring the thing towards you. Simply be mindful so as not to pull the thing totally off the rack before snatching it.

  4. Drawer Liners: Non-slip cabinet liners are good to place in organizers and drawers. The liners help prevent things from moving around. Pots and container can sneak out of reach in cupboards. Cups can slip back or bring down in cupboards. Also, utensils can slide to the backs of drawers. Keeping your provisions immovably set up will make it simpler and quicker to approach your errands in the kitchen. It might likewise spare you from injury. Hanging over to pursue things around in far off spots could make you fall. Or on the other hand you could squeeze or scratch your hands and arms.

  5. Adapt Your Kitchen: Your kitchen condition may likewise require adjusting. You need adequate space for your wheelchair to move around and utilize all the machines. You need your kitchen counters to be lower, so you can reach them from a seated position.

This can be a long and costly procedure, however if you are experiencing issues, it is highly advisable for you to adapt your kitchen as and when you can.

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