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Sylvia is 35 years old and lives with her husband in a ground floor flat. Sylvia is not able to use her right side,
following a stroke a couple of months ago. She is not happy with the meals her husband is making and wants to
restore her independence within the kitchen.
She is finding that she becomes unsteady and tired whilst standing for long periods. She would like to be able to open jars, cans, peel, chop and slice food using her left hand only and continue to cook on her gas stove.
Sylvia contacted her local social services for a needs assessment who arranged an assessment with an Occupational therapist. The Occupational Therapist visited Sylvia at home. She agreed that there were issues around Sylvia's safety in the kitchen and preparing meals and arranged for the installation of:
Sylvia was very happy and felt slightly nervous and excited about being able to cook a meal again. Her husband was also thrilled because she was happier and he missed his wife's cooking. When the Occupational Therapist reviewed the situation she was confident that Sylvia was safe to cook in the Kitchen again. She said "With the adaptive kitchen equipment Sylvia is now confident and able to safely manage cooking. These are low cost pieces of equipment which provide a great benefit to service users like Sylvia."
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