Slow Cooker

easy cooking for the elderly

Making cooking easier for someone elderly.

I love my slow cooker. Bung all the ingredients in together and leave it to do all the work. The result is always hot, tasty and nourishing. Looking for ways to help keep the elderly independent for longer. A slow cooker is an ideal kitchen aid ensuring healthy tasty hot food with minimum effort.

A slow cooker is literally an electric saucepan ( as an elderly client called it today when I unpacked his !) Many older people become less inclined to eat well as they can’t be bothered to cook.

I think a slow cooker could be a useful tool and with many shops selling ready peeled and chopped vegetables and meat already diced, a tasty hot meal is easier to prepare with the added advantage of not having to “do” anything. For those will reduced appetites they may find it increases if they are still able to smell the food as it is cooking.

Slow cookers are also affordable to buy . I paid £12 for one today in a large supermarket. You just plug it in, put in the vegetables, some meat and a good quantity of stock/gravy. I tend to use a stock cube and thicken late .

The beauty of a slow cooker is it is safe for an elderly person to use, it can’t boil over or catch fire provided there is sufficient liquid in it.  They are also cheap to run. It takes almost a day to cook a casserole but it always tastes better the following day, and any left overs can be liquidised into soup.

 

 

Caron

Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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