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Household tasks: Preparing meals

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User in her kitchenAccessible kitchen
Suitable for individuals with extensive disabilities and assistants
User barbecuesAdapted barbecue tool
Enables persons with impaired hand function to barbecue
User moves bowlAdapted bowl for microwave oven
Cord attached to a bowl works as handle and enables a person without dexterity to grasp the bowl and move it
Key ring attached to oven handleAdapted oven handle
Simple adjustment makes it possible for a person with compromised arm and/or hand function to open an oven door
Key ring on oven thermometerAdapted oven thermometer
A key ring is used to adapt an oven thermometer combined with a timer
Anti-slip matAnti-slip mat
Mat that holds and stabilizes things/objects.
Apple peeler. Photo from www.smartasaker.se/Apple peeler
A practical machine that peels, slices and cores apples simultaneously – suitable for people with impaired hand function
Automatic wastebasketAutomatic bathroom wastebasket
Wastebasket opens without having to touch it – suitable for people with disabilities
Latte frother in a glassBattery-operated frother
Frother suitable for persons with impaired hand function; useful for functions such as mixing medications
Battery-operated kitchen scaleBattery-operated kitchen scale
Kitchen scale appropriate for persons with impaired hand function
The user gets pepper by pressing the button on the millBattery-operated salt/pepper mill
Salt and pepper mill – easy to use for persons with impaired hand function
Glass bottle with snap lockBottle seal
Cork med snap lock suitable for persons with impaired hand function
Breakfast cart with pull-out board and round board pulled outBreakfast cart
Using the breakfast cart the user (who operates a wheelchair and has impaired hand function) can treat his wife to breakfast in bed
User pulls baking sheet out on telescoping trackBuilt-in wall oven in accessible kitchen
Telescoping track makes it easy to put food in/take food out of the oven
Wall-mounted can openerCan opener
Can opener with wall bracket.
Frying pan on LPB stoveCast-iron frying pan on LPG stove
Frying pan on LPB stove in adapted outdoor kitchen
User picks herbs on balcony with colander on lapColander
Practical convenient colander – suitable for persons with impaired hand function
Wood stand with oil bottle next to stoveCooking, tilting holder for oil/butter
Stand that enables a person with impaired hand function to pour oil, liquid margarine or other liquid into a pan
User in the kitchenCustom kitchen
Well-designed custom kitchen for a young family with one parent who uses a wheelchair
User with carving fork on handCustom-designed carving fork
Fork enables a person without active hand function to turn food in frying pan.
User with butter knifeCustom-made butter knife
Butter knife with custom-made handle sits well in the hand – suitable for persons with impaired hand function
User holds cutting board by inserting index finger through holeCutting board with hole
Easy to handle for persons with impaired hand function
Cutting board with nailsCutting board with nails
Cutting board for persons with impaired hand function.
Pot on stove with cutting board next to itDraining hot water from pot
Cooking pasta without assistance – technique for a person with compromised function and strength in arms and hands
User cuts on a wooden cutting boardEasy-grip knife
Sharp knives and a steady grasp around the knife facilitate cooking for persons with impaired hand function
User pushes on the salt grinder's button with chinElectric salt grinder
Salt grinder appropriate for persons with impaired hand function.
User cuts up lettuce on cutting boardFlexible cutting board
Cutting board that also makes it easy to move and pour ingredients into a bowl or pot
Can opener is used to operate pepper millGrip device for pepper mill
A can opener that is also useful for a pepper mill – suitable for persons with impaired hand function
Handle attached to an ordinary bottleHandle for bottle
Handle to attach to ordinary bottles - aids people who have impaired hand function
User opens refrigerator doorHandle for refrigerator and freezer
A handle that makes it easier to open the refrigerator and freezer – suitable for people with impaired hand function
Plastic bag sealed with a plastic clampHandy plastic clamp
Plastic clamp for sealing plastic bags that even works for persons with impaired hand function.
Lid opener, photo from www.euforia.seJar and bottle opener suitable for people with weak hands
Jar and bottle opener that can work for people with extremely impaired hand function
User removes lid with can openerKitchen - battery-operated can opener
Automatic can opener – suitable for persons with impaired hand function
User with stick mixerKitchen - electric stick mixer
Stick mixer – an extremely useful household appliance for persons with impaired hand function
User rolls out pizza doughKitchen - One-handed rolling pin
Practical easy to use rolling pin – suitable for persons with impaired hand function
Knife with attachment deviceKitchen knife with holder
Kitchen knife with orthotic, works well for a person who lacks active hand function
User holds a kitchen knife with a good handleKitchen knives
Sharp knives with a good handle facilitate cooking for persons with impaired hand function
Knives on magnetic holderKitchen utensils
Sharp knives make cooking easier for persons with impaired hand function
Angled knife and angled cheese slicer with adapted handleKnife and cheese slicer with adapted handle
Useful tool in kitchen for persons with impaired hand function.
Knife blockKnife block suitable for persons with impaired grip
A knife block in which knives are placed horizontally is suitable for persons with impaired grip.
User sharpens a knifeKnife sharpener
- an easy way to sharpen knives
Knife with adapted handleKnife with adapted handle
Kitchen knife suitable for persons with impaired hand function
Ladle with large handleLadle suitable for persons with impaired grip
A ladle with a large handle sits well in the hand and is easy to balance for persons with impaired hand function.
User relieves pressure on seat by leaning forward on trayLap tray that stays on lap
Tray with many applications for people who drive a wheelchair
Stone mortar and pestleLarge stone mortar and pestle
A mortar and pestle makes it easy to crush nuts and spices for persons with poor hand function.
Microwave with pull-out board underneathMicrowave oven
People without active hand function can independently heat food and prepare coffee in the microwave.
User opens microwave ovenMicrowave oven
Large handle on microwave oven – suitable for persons with impaired hand function
User at microwave ovenMicrowave oven
Position of microwave oven in accessible kitchen
Microwave oven with open doorMicrowave oven with door hinged at bottom
The microwave oven door can be used to put things on – appropriate for wheelchair users
Microwave ovenMicrowave oven with easy-grip handle
The handle is the deciding factor for choice of microwave oven for persons with impaired grip.
Milk container with handleMilk container with large handle
– aids people with impaired hand function
User cuts a piece of cheese with modified knifeModified knife
Modified knife – suitable for persons with impaired hand function
Modified milk container holderModified milk container holder
A strap taped to the milk container holder works well for persons with impaired hand function.
NutcrackerNutcracker
A nutcracker makes it easier to open screw tops – suitable for people with impaired hand function
Onion and vegetable cutterOnion and vegetable cutter
An assistive device that quickly and easily cuts onions and other vegetables – suitable for persons who lack active hand function
User opens the ovenOven and microwave in custom kitchen
Positioning option for wheelchair users
Oven gloveOven glove
Oven glove protects hands when handling hot baking sheets – suitable for persons with impaired sensation
User removes hot baking dish from ovenOven in modified kitchen
Oven with side-hinged door makes it easier for wheelchair users with impaired balance to place bakeware in oven and to remove it
User places baking sheet in the ovenOven in modified kitchen
Oven on counter works for a person who uses a wheelchair
Pantry with slide-out storagePantry with slide-out storage
Pantry with slide-out storage appropriate for accessible kitchen
Paper towel holderPaper towel holder
Easily accessible paper towel holder
Paper towel holder with easy-grip handlePaper towel holder with easy-grip handle
By inserting a finger into the opening of the handle a person with impaired dexterity can grasp the paper towel roll.
User cuts off edges of potatoPeeling potatoes
Cutting off the edges of the potato first and using a Y-shaped peeler makes the task easier for a person with impaired hand function
Plastic spatulaPlastic kitchen utensils
Plastic kitchen utensils suitable for persons with impaired hand function
Pot with large handlesPot with large handles
Easy-grip handles, appropriate for persons with impaired hand function
Potato peeler, assembledPotato peeler
A machine that peels potatoes, useful for persons with impaired hand function.
User pulls out oven rack with aluminum pliersRemove hot baking sheet from oven
Universal pliers make it easy to take a hot baking sheet out of the oven – suitable for persons with impaired hand function
The user moves the dish from the microwave to the sliding boardRemoving a dish from a microwave oven
Technique for wheelchair user with impaired hand function for using a countertop microwave oven
User with barbecue fork on wheelchair standRod on stand to barbecue hotdogs
A barbecue fork on a stand enables a person without active hand function to barbecue hotdogs.
User with pepper millSalt and pepper mill
Easy-to-use salt or pepper mill suitable for persons with compromised dexterity
Serving cart with large handlesServing cart with large handle
Wheelchair users with impaired hand function need a serving cart with a large handle at the right height; large wheels are preferable
Kitchen knife on wall magnet holderSharp Japanese chef's knives
Sharp knives make cooking easier for persons with impaired hand function
Sink with single lever faucetSink with faucet and pull-out hand shower
With the pull-out hand shower a pot that is standing on the stove can be filled with water – suitable for persons with compromised arm/hand function
User at ‘his’ counterSpecially designed counter in accessible kitchen
Standalone counter with knee space increases workspace
Container for household compostStainless steel container for household compost
Odorless household compost container on counter.
User standing in standing wheelchairStanding wheelchair
People who use a wheelchair can increase their independence at home by using a standing wheelchair and they can also stretch their leg joints.
Stone mortar and pestleStone mortar and pestle
Heavy pestle makes it easy to crush herbs and spices – suitable for persons with weak hand function
Two containers one on top of the other and a third along sideStorage containers for persons with impaired grip
Practical food storage for persons with impaired grip.
Drawer as pantryStorage of household utensils and food
Easy to see and easily accessible kitchen drawer – appropriate for wheelchair users
Storage unit on castersStorage unit on casters with recycling bins
Storage unit on casters with practical recycling bins for sorting waste. The unit is heavy to move.
User with sugar shaker in handSugar shaker
The sugar shaker fits well in the hand and is easy to use for persons with impaired hand function
"Muurikka grill"Summer kitchen on wheels
Carefully planned versatile indoor/outdoor summer kitchen used for transporting, cooking, barbecuing and smoking food, as well as for a dining table
User holds the tea strainer with "key grip"Tea strainer
Tea strainer, easy to use for people with impaired hand function
Teapot: user holds handleTeapot with easy-grip handle
Teapot with handle attached at both ends and customized lid suitable for persons with impaired arm and/or hand function.
Multi-tier platterThree-tier serving platter
Multi-tier serving platter that a person with impaired hand function can lift and hold
Timer with big buttons that can be attached with magnetTimer with big buttons that can be attached with magnet
Timer appropriate for persons with impaired hand function.
User holds frying panTitanium frying pan
A frying pan that works well for persons with impaired hand function.
User removes slice of toast from toasterToaster
Toaster from which it is easy to remove small slices of toast – suitable for persons with impaired hand function
User transports glass of water on tray on lapTransporting objects
Trays make it easy for wheelchair users to transport objects
Travel kitchenTravel kitchen
Kitchen travel kit that makes it easy for a person who uses a wheelchair to prepare food, even if the environment is not adapted
User transports a milk containerTray
Plastic lid for microwave oven – suitable as a tray for wheelchair users
Trivet on counterTrivet
Practical kitchen utensil for easy transfers of hot pots – suitable for people with disabilities
Water kettleWater kettle with easy-grip handle
The handle is the deciding factor for choice of water kettle for persons with impaired grip.
Water kettle with handle attached at both endsWater kettle with handle attached at both ends
Water kettle with handle attached at both ends and customized lid appropriate for persons with impaired arm and/or hand function.