How can I make my dining area more accessible?

Here are some tips for making your dining area more accessible:
  • Use color contrast to help you see what you are eating. Choose dishes and flatware that contrast with the table or table linens, placing light-colored dishes on dark tables or tablecloths and dark or brightly colored dishes on light-colored tables or linens. You might even want to have two sets of dishes, one to serve light-colored foods, another to serve darker-colored meals.
  • Bright-colored placemats and flatware increase visibility at the table. Choose flatware with larger, easy-to-grip handles in a color that contrasts with the linens.
  • Divided plates make eating easier. So if someone has difficulty seeing or has tremors, and getting food onto the fork or spoon is difficult, consider using divided plates with a nonslip bottom. Make almost any surface nonslip with rubber shelf liner available in almost any kitchen section of any home improvement store.
  • Add a Lazy Susan to the table. Keep salt, pepper, napkins, and other regularly used items handy by placing them on a Lazy Susan; a simple spin brings everything within reach of everyone at the table.
  • Protect upholstered dining room chairs from spills. Keep food and beverage spills from ruining your good dining room chairs by covering them with heavy-duty clear plastic covers. Purchase these ready-made or buy plastic by the roll at fabric or hardware stores.
  • Use an extra-deep lap tray if one is unable to sit at the table. When someone has a tremor, difficulty holding or controlling utensils, or is in a wheelchair or bed, an extra inch of tray height will keep food and dishes from sliding off onto a lap or the floor.
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