Kitchen Mobility Guide

Kitchen Mobility Guide

General tips

  • Attach a basket or bag to the front of your walker to help with moving items in the kitchen.
  • Always keep both hands on the walker when moving.
  • Slide heavy items along the countertop instead of carrying them.
  • Place commonly used items in easily accessible locations.

Counter and sink use

  • When working at the counter or sink, step into the walker so that you are supported on both sides by the walker and the counter is in front of you.

Bending and reaching

  • When reaching into overhead cabinets, step into the walker so that you are supported on both sides by the walker with the cabinet in front of you. Hold onto the walker with one hand as you reach into the cabinet.
  • When bending, place the walker at a 90-degree angle to the counter, and use the counter to support your weight as you bend or reach. This method is useful for accessing low cabinets, opening the refrigerator and opening the oven.

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