I found the article below a very interesting read. So I asked ThermoFun Members, did they find that having a disability with a Thermomix made their life easier? I was really touched by their stories and have shared them below. What an amazing machine the Thermomix is!
Narelle B: I've had my Thermomix for only a few months. I also have a son who is almost 18 and has Downs syndrome. Whilst his gross motor skills are similar to any person of his age, the thought of him wielding a knife, and using an open flame, or even electric hotplate, makes me panic. My son LOVES learning to use the Thermomix, and I can see it being of massive assistance in increasing his independence. I think a Thermomix should be part of every person's Disability Care package!
Jacinta J: This is why I bought a Thermomix! I have a neck and shoulder injury and chopping and stirring are intensely painful if I have to do them for any length of time. Love my Thermomix and having some of my independence back.
Emily J: I am a carer for my 5yr old child who has multiple disabilities. She needs a specific diet and has sensory aversion to food, and also has trouble swallowing and can't drink orally. I hope to create her thickened dishes she can't normally eat, cut down on preparing time and safety when trying to prepare meals and long term savings for my family.
Carly S: We have a 5 ½ year old with Cerebral Palsy and bought a Thermomix so we could blend real food fine enough to go through a gastrostomy tube. Since buying it though we have a much broader repertoire of food and if he's having trouble eating a particular texture I can always blend it up a bit finer for him.
Natasha C: My shoulder, arm and hand injury was what prompted us to first consider the Thermomix. I find it incredibly painful to chop and stir but love cooking and baking. The Thermomix quite literally gave me back my independence in the kitchen and allowed me to continue with at least one passion in my life despite the loss of so many more.
Amanda B: My life is so much easier! Paraplegic with chronic neck & shoulder pain. Makes cooking much easier I LOVE my Thermomix!
Lynda S: I have MS. I have changed my diet dramatically and most nights cook a separate meal to the rest of family. It has been so great having a Thermomix as it has made this easier. I also get extremely tired at times so it helps with getting meals done quicker. .. the only problem is I want to spend my whole day cooking!
Nicola D: My oldest child is 11 and has Asperger's. He now wants to learn how to cook but I don't feel confident about him standing next to a cooker. Thermomix to the rescue once again.
Liz G: I don't have issues with cutting and food prep, but I have the attention (and interest) span of a gnat when cooking. The number of times I've burnt the riceor pasta and boiled the water dry is amazing. The timer on my Thermomix is a lifesaver and saves all that waste. And as a bonus, I'm more interested in cooking and eating properly now. I think it's brilliant how the Thermomix can help others gain their independence.
Kylie B: A relative who has arthritis bought it so she could still do all her baking without having to knead by hand (amongst all the other functions that involve heavy use of your hands).
Michelle B: I have Cerebral Palsy & my Thermomix has made cooking and most preparation so much easier. My hubby loves it too. We've had ours almost three years and we are still discovering new things it can do constantly. I still wish I didn't have to cook though!
Anne-Marie M: I have a customer who is blind and she loves it. She went from packet pasta, jarred sauces and takeaway to CADA for breakfast, a penchant for throwing a salad together esp beetroot and dabbling in flourless chocolate cakes and gluten free breads and biscuits. She also has diabetes so control over what is in her diet is key. On top of that, she now has dinner parties which she hadn't for ten years prior. The Thermomix is safe, reliable and consistent for her and removes risks of conventional cooking like open pots on hot stoves. I never tire of her telling me how it has changed her life and her health is now excellent.
Thank you to everyone who has shared. If you have a disability and have a Thermomix please feel free to share your experience with us.
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Carrie Templeton says
I work as a support worker with clients with disability and am currently putting together a proposal for inclusion in at least 4 of my clients to ask for a Thermomix in their next review. The comments and information provided in this link has been of great assistance.
I use my Thermomix on a daily basis and have really enjoyed showing my clients how easy it is for them to be able to cook independently and much healthier than before.
Carrie, Portland, Victoria. Australia.
My husband and I are both legally blind. We are both confident cooks but, in my case anyway, it sometimes takes me a long time to prepare food. I loved the idea of the Thermomix because it allowed me to prepare all-in-one meals quickly and safely. I find the Varoma is a very safe way to steam food, and I am constantly finding myself trying recipes I'd never thought of attempting before. We are much more aware of what we eat now, and it's great to be able to make so many useful things from scratch, such as stock. We've had ours for 18 months and we have never looked back. Thank you all for sharing your inspirational stories.
Thank you Chantelle for sharing with us your story! :)
My lovely thermomix consultant is one of my beat friends..
When Janine first started, my daughter had a demo..
I've been disabled for just over 2 yrs now and my cooking skills were minimum..we lived on a lot of take-out I loved cooking but it became a hard and difficult task and only added to my depressive state of being useless.. pots with boiling water etc being carried from stove to sink was dangerous, as they were not only heavy but I drop so many things...I purchased a thermomix and due to the fact I only needed to be able to pull out the jug, it was a given that this would be an extremely useful appliance for me ..before I needed to have my husband with me to 'help'...
Not now tho ...I now have some independence back in the kitchen!
we actually eat healthier than before as everything that goes in is fresh and no preservatives..
I make things I've never made before ..it's like painting with numbers ..
There are thousands of no fail recipes online and in the recipe book you get with the thermomix too and everything turns out perfect!
If you have a disability and can lift out the jug ..get some independence back in the kitchen ..you'll be so glad u did..I am!
I now feel a bit better about my usefulness :0)
Thanks Janine Bechaz for for introducing me to Thermomix..:0)
Wow - what a beautiful message. Thank you so much for sharing your story. It's so lovely to hear that the Thermomix has made a huge difference to your life style and especially your state of mind which is just so important too. I sincerely wish you best wishes for your journey ahead. Thank you once again for sharing. :)