Holidays like Thanksgiving are meant for families to come together and gather around for a meal that’s sure to induce incredible sleepiness. These gatherings can be anywhere from five family members to fifty, but no matter the amount of people, it’s always the same preparation for the perfect Thanksgiving meal. Even without existing conditions such as Parkinson’s or Arthritis, preparing a meal that large is exhausting and it can damage anyone’s hands. Here’s a few ways to improve damage control during the holiday season.

Adaptive Kitchen Aids

Adaptive aids such as plate guards and bowls are great when enjoying the meal, but what about preparing it? Here’s a list below of all the nifty tools to use when spending hours in the kitchen.

    Adaptive Cutting Boards - Damaged hands from Arthritis or a stroke can often leave someone with only one reliable, working hand. This cutting board is ideal for that, packed with ridges and guards to keep prepared food from sliding off.

    Adaptive Knives - Safety comes first in the kitchen, that’s why reliable, easy-to-use adaptable knives are the smart choice. Examples would be a vegetable knife or a chef’s knife. Both knives are made to lessen discomfort and offer superior stability.

    Pan Holder - Lots of pots and pans come with cooking a Thanksgiving dinner, things can get messy and crowded real fast, but a pan holder can limit accidental spills or burns.

Other adaptive aids include non-slip mats and a long push-pull oven stick, both of these things prevent accidents and injuries in the kitchen.

Giving Thanks

The purpose of Thanksgiving is quite literally in the name, to give thanks to our loved ones for all they do for us during the year. A great way to give thanks to someone this year is by helping in the kitchen, for instance. A little help can go a long way and those tired hands sure would appreciate it.

Don’t overdo it this year if pain or discomfort becomes too severe, stay safe and forgiving to conditions that might hinder the experience. Lighten the discomfort by taking periodic breaks and it’s always okay to ask for help from a loved one. Gather around the table, eat good food with good people and enjoy this holiday season. Happy Thanksgiving!

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