Low vision kitchen tools: What tools can help my mom cook despite her vision loss?
What tools can help my mom cook despite her vision loss?
Products mentioned in our answer below are provided to inform you about the types of technologies available and have not been evaluated by CanAssist. They may or may not be appropriate for your particular situation. Some technologies and devices may require an in-person assessment. Speak with your health care provider for additional information and support.
There are many assistive technologies in the marketplace for individuals with vision loss, and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) has a catalogue of devices that may help your mother in the kitchen. This catalogue includes talking scales, timers, and measuring jugs. Below are some direct links to examples of products that you may wish to explore:
- The Vox-2 Talking Kitchen Scale (at CNIB Smart Life) is a compact scale that announces weight in grams or ounces. This device costs about $80 (CDN). A similar talking scale can also be bought online at amazon.ca.
- The Talking Timer (at CNIB Smart Life) can be used for cooking and as a reminder to take medications. This device can be purchased to speak in French or English and costs about $25 (CDN). A similar product can also be purchased from amazon.ca.
- The Talking Measuring Jug (at CNIB Smart Life) can measure all types of solids or liquids and can measure up to 34 ounces. This device costs about $150 (CDN).
- Liquid Level Indicator (at The Brailler Superstore) is a device that attaches to the rim of the mug, pot or jar that provides an instant alert as soon as the mug, pot or jar is too close to full. This device costs about $7 to $10 (CDN), plus an additional shipping fee.
There are several additional strategies your mom can use to improve safety and independence in the kitchen, such as using colour contrasting cutting boards/trays, or a task lamp when chopping ingredients. A list of tips and tricks is available from visionaware.org.