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DLF launches independent advice on ‘gourmet gadgets’

17th February 2010

The Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) is adding to its comprehensive websites with the launch of a new Kitchen and Household Products section on its impartial advice site ‘Living made easy’™ (www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk).

DLF is the UK’s leading source of impartial information and expert advice on equipment to help older and disabled people continue to live full and independent lives and stay in their own homes for as long as possible.

The dedicated kitchen section, launched this month, contains independent information on a whole range of ‘gourmet gadgets’ to make time in the kitchen easier and safer - from knives with ergonomic handles, to large dial timers. There is also a range of brand new guidance on choosing the right equipment to maintain independence and kitchen safety. The new site now includes videos so you can watch the gadgets in action, as well as links to user manuals (if available).

Recent research carried out for DLF shows that 41 per cent of adults have concerns about not being able to manage in their own homes with basic tasks like cooking their own meals. Over two thirds of people (68 per cent) are concerned about losing their independence and becoming dependent on others.

DLF’s Chief Executive, Chris Shaw, says:

“For many of us, cooking delicious meals is not only a necessity, but also provides real enjoyment. The tasks that many older and disabled people struggle with include opening tins, lifting pots and pans and chopping food but there is an increasing choice of products to help put the fun back into cooking. People just need the right support and advice to help them find what’s right for them and is available from reputable suppliers.”

For help and information about equipment to make life in the kitchen easier, visit DLF’s impartial advice website ‘Living made easy’™ (www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk).

Top-five ‘gourmet gadgets’  

  1. The talking pen – to create talking labels to help identify tinned foods
  2. A measuring jug – that you don’t have to bend down to read
  3. Big dial timers – to give your cooking ‘ping’
  4. Talking microwaves – with a range of speaking controls and reminders
  5. Food preparation board – multi-function with a non-slip base

DLF’s top-tips for staying independent in the kitchen

  1. Keeping your knives sharp will reduce the effort required as blunt tools need greater force to use and can slip
  2. Storing knives on a magnetic board or in a knife block can reduce the risk of accidents, particularly for blind and partially sighted-people
  3. Induction heaters let you cook without the risk of burning yourself
  4. Electric kitchen equipment usually requires less strength and dexterity than manual products
  5. Self-opening scissors have a spring fitted which automatically reopens the scissors after each cut, making them easier to use. They are often combined with other features such as an easy grip.

‘Living made easy’™ is funded by the Department of Health, the Department for Children, Schools and Families and industry and charitable supporters including The Freemason’s Grand Charity, The John Ellerman Foundation, Home Retail Group, B&Q, Nottingham Rehab Supplies, Tunstall, Arjo, Mangar International, Mountway, Kingkraft, AKW Medi-care, Theraposture, Stannah Stairlifts, Kirton Healthcare , Days Healthcare, Hill-rom, Centromed UK and co-operative Xest.


Notes to editors:

  • DLF is a national charity, celebrating its 40th anniversary
  • For help and information about equipment and gadgets to make daily life easier, visit DLF’s impartial advice website ‘Living made easy’TM www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk
  • If you do not have internet access you can call the DLF helpline on 0300 999 0004 (10am-4pm Monday-Friday) and DLF’s experienced advisors will help you find the solution to your problem
  • If you would like to try out daily living equipment for yourself under the guidance of a qualified therapist, you can visit DLF's London Demonstration Centre with hundreds of items on display
  • The poll of UK adults was based on a sample of 2,050 people carried out by YouGov between 13-16 November 2009. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+)

Contact: Sharon Harbutt, Press Officer, DLF, Tel: 020 7432 8017, Email: s.harbutt@dlf.org.uk


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