Warning: Using a microwave requires safety awareness
The problem with family or friends leaving a dish for a stroke survivor to heat up in the microwave is that the thumb knocks the lid off when you pick up a dish one-handed. Heating uncovered food in the microwave makes a mess.
When I take a hot dish out of the microwave my sound hand is protected by a hot mitt and my hot mitt is protected by plastic wrap. You might wonder why a stroke survivor would use plastic wrap when it gives people with two good hands a run for their money. Before I started using plastic wrap I had to wash my hot mitts repeatedly. The mitt would get dirty when I slid my thumb into the dish so I could get a firm grip on the edge.
Go on-line to see the "food wrap box." It cuts the plastic wrap in one blow when I shut the lid. Stretching the wrap over the dish is easy too. I place the box next to the dish. As I pull the plastic wrap out, the weight of the dish holds the food wrap box still.
Using plastic wrap also means I do not need a food strainer.
I use a hot mitt on my sound hand to hold he dish over the sink to let the water drain out. The arrow is pointing at a flap of plastic wrap that is open. I did not do this. The water did it for me.
I lose a couple of pieces of small food now and then, but keeping my sound hand safe while handling hot dishes is priceless.