For September’s Arthritis Awareness Month, Tips for Making the Kitchen Arthritis-Friendly

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September is designated as Arthritis Awareness Month, and the experts at Mom's Meals share ideas for making a kitchen arthritis friendly.

Arthritis sufferers can make minor modifications in the kitchen to ease the burden of this crippling disease.

It gave us peace of mind to have healthy, nutritious meals delivered to her door, knowing she wouldn’t be tempted to cut corners when it came to her health.

September is designated as Arthritis Awareness Month, and for those who suffer from arthritis, a new dilemma is finding they eating more prepackaged, prepared, often less healthy foods simply because there is often pain associated with meal preparation.

Limited range of motion, fatigue, and joint pain can make accomplishing simple tasks like cleaning up, or opening jars, excruciating. However, eating processed, refined, pre-packaged, or take out foods is not always healthy and can further complicate health problems, including arthritis.

Mom’s Meals, which delivers meals directly to customers’ doors, offers tips on making a kitchen more arthritis-friendly.

1. Think about what goes where.

The first step to making your kitchen arthritis friendly is to simply put the most used items in the most accessible places. Which cupboards or shelves are easiest to access? Which require the least amount of reaching and bending? Put kitchen tools in those easy-to-reach locations, so searching is not required.

2. Get the right tools.

If a poor carpenter is one who blames the tools, the same is true for many of us in the kitchen. Today, many kitchen tools are easy for arthritis sufferers to use. Look for utensils with big, cushy, easy to grip handles. Stop sweating over hand-held can openers and splurge for an electric can opener. (Look for those at yard sales, too.) Mounted jar openers and oven rack pullers can be life savers and use a cart with wheels when unloading the dishwasher. You can then roll it easily to the cupboards.

3. Make minor modifications.

Consider a roll of rubbery mesh material which may be used to wrap utensil handles, giving them a tacky surface, easier to grip. It also comes in handy for opening those pesky jar lids. Think about lining shelves with it, too, which will help to hold items in place, even if your grasp is clumsy.

4. Have meals delivered.

Home delivered meals can be a great option, alleviating the need for shopping and cooking. Mom’s Meals has options for those on a heart-healthy diet, diabetes or kidney disease needs, gluten-free and vegetarian choices.

"It was when my own mother needed help that we started the company," said Rick Anderson, president of Mom’s Meals. "It gave us peace of mind to have healthy, nutritious meals delivered to her door, knowing she wouldn’t be tempted to cut corners when it came to her health."

Mom’s Meals strives to be the leading expert and provider of senior and patient nutrition to help support health and recuperation and nourish independence at home for higher quality living. The company is dedicated to providing fresh-made, nutritious, home-delivered meals to customers nationwide and has specialized in senior and patient care for over 13 years. Mom’s Meals are available for customers on specific diets including heart-healthy meals that are both low sodium and low fat, diabetic-friendly meals with 60 carbs or less, renal meals, and vegetarian and gluten-free choices. Mom’s Meals prepares, packages, and delivers ready-to-heat and eat meals directly to a customer’s door anywhere in the United States. To order Mom’s Meals, call 1-877-508-6667.

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