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Do You Have Difficulty Cooking for your Guests? An Occupational Therapist can help!

An Occupational Therapist can help you cook!

Are you known in your circle of friends and family for having the “famous chicken soup,” or maybe you’re the grill master for summer barbeques? What happens when you have an arm or hand injury, or worsening arthritis, making it difficult, if not impossible, to cook for your guests? Over time, those backyard get-togethers and dinner parties become less frequent, until they stop altogether.

 You don’t necessarily have to stop cooking just because your hands don’t work as they used to. An occupational therapist can work with you to teach modifications, joint protection techniques,  and introduce you to various adaptive tools that can make certain tasks much easier. An OT can address your energy level, or endurance, and make recommendations to prevent you from tiring while preparing the meal. You will also be provided with an individualized exercise program that will allow you to further improve the ability to use your hands.

Don’t give up on cooking for your family or yourself, work with an OT. The recommended changes may be smaller than you think, but the reward will be huge.



At Reddy Care Physical and Occupational Therapy, we can get you set up with the right therapist for you. Call today to schedule a consultation!

Reddy Care Great Neck (Great Neck Physical Therapy): 516-829-0030
Reddy Care Farmingdale (Farmingdale Physical Therapy): 516-420-2900
In-Home Physical & Occupational Therapy: 516-829-0030


Michele Hughes, OTR/L My name is Michele Hughes and I’m the new OT clinical director at Reddy Care. While I may be new to Reddy Care, I am not new to the field of Occupational Therapy. I have been an OT for 23 years, having graduated from Quinnipiac College (now University) in 1996 with a degree in OT. I have worked in many settings, including acute care hospitals, acute and sub-acute rehab, schools, pediatric sensory clinics, as well as over 15 years in home care (both Med A and B). Homecare is my preferred treatment setting due to the ability to treat patients individually, in their own environment. I love to see the impact that I can have on improving the quality of life of our patients.

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