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Our Rehab Workers can give you help and advice to help you be more confident and independent n the kitchen. We also run skills groups focusing on a variety of topics, such as handling money, coping in the kitchen, cooking with a microwave and much more. We've also listed some simple changes below that you can try making yourself.

Changes you can make in the kitchen

  • Make the most of contrast by highlighting the edges of kitchen surfaces and plug sockets with wide, bright coloured tape.
  • Consider replacing  pots and pans with ones that contrast with the top of your cooker.
  • Use light-coloured dishes on a dark table or table cloth, or vice versa.
  • Mark frequently used settings on the oven or other dials using Bumpons or some other tactile mark.
  • Remove any small rugs or mats from the kitchen - they are not easily seen and you could trip on them.
  • Try to keep cupboard doors and drawers closed at all times, and try to put things away in their proper places so you can find them next time.
  • White ingredients are easier to see against a dark bowl. Milk contrasts well against a black non-stick saucepan; serve white fish and mashed potatoes on a dark plate.
  • Use a liquid level indicator when pouring liquids to prevent over filling. This small gadget has prongs which are hooked over the side of the cup. When the liquid touches the prongs the gadget buzzes and vibrates, warning you to stop pouring.
  • Replace clear glass tumblers with patterned ones making them easier to see, and always place them towards the back of a work surface where they are less likely to be knocked over.
  • Placing a casserole dish in a baking tin makes it easier to remove from the oven as well as keeping the oven floor clean.
  • Consider a set of talking scales if you prefer to weigh ingredients or discuss other methods of measuring with a KAB Rehab Worker.
  • Avoid ‘touch sensitive' appliances - a basic microwave with a dial is far simpler to use and mark than a digital one.
  • When cooking vegetables, use a vegetable basket rather than draining boiling water.

 


The PenFriend, available from RNIB, is a really helpful tool that enables you to label food tins and packages using an audio label. Using specially designed, cheap labels that you stick onto a tin, then touch the label with the tip of the pen and record whatever's in the tin. Next time you go into your food cupboard and want to know what's in the tin, just touch the label with the PenFriend and it will read that label back to you. You can also use it to label freezer food, medicines, books and CDs and even put events into your diary. The PenFriend costs £54.99 (excl VAT).

You can order the PenFriend from RNIB's website

Or by phoning RNIB's shop: 0303 123 9999 


 

Changes you can make in the bathroom

Our Rehab Workers can recommend different techniques that will help you maintain privacy and independence in the bathroom, but you can also try some of the following examples:

  • Use mirrors that are illuminated and have magnification. 
  • Put toothpaste onto your finger and then onto the toothbrush to enable you to feel how much you have applied.
  • Use a coloured toothpaste so it shows up against the white bristles of the toothbrush.
  • Use towels that contrast in colour with the bathroom décor.
  • Use a rubber-backed mat in the bath to help prevent slipping.
  • When you're running a bath, try floating a brightly coloured sponge in the water to help indicate how high the water is.
  • Fold the bath mat over the edge of the bath when its not being used, to prevent tripping.

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