I do not use a cart to transport objects a long distance in my small kitchen. However, the cart saves me from making numerous consecutive turns. For example, when I bring home groceries, the food that goes in the refrigerator is scattered in several shopping bags. I collect cold items on my cart, push the cart to the refrigerator, and stand in front of the open refrigerator. I use my sound arm to transfer objects from the cart to the refrigerator shelves - no turning and walking back to collect the next item and turning to face the refrigerator again.
How does standing still as I transfer objects keep me and my stuff safe? 1) Turning can be stressful for the knee when it is not done correctly.
2) Turns increase the chance of a fall because turning is more difficult than walking in a straight line. 3) Maintaining my balance while turning is a challenge that distracts me when I carry an object. It is aggravating to have only one hand to clean up a broken dish or food that I dropped.
A cart allows me to bring a meal to the table in one trip. Here I am
3 months after my stroke serving myself a cold lunch. When I got tired of eating frozen dinners heated in the microwave I started cooking. It took 3 more months before I had a cooked dinner ready to transport to the table. Initially I cooked one food, ate out of the pot, and then cooked the next food. The day I put three kinds of cooked food on a plate was a triumph. Now that I cook regularly the cart keeps me from burning my hand on a hot dish or spilling hot food while transporting it.
Two final reasons to love carts - a three-tiered cart allows me to sort my dirty laundry by color while sitting instead of repeatedly leaning over and standing up. This cart helps me safely transport dirty clothes to my 1st floor laundry room. Laundry does not start with loading the washing machine! I also use this cart to transport my large box of Christmas decorations to my couch from the closet where the box sits on an accessible shelf.
P.S. I am sitting on a folding metal chair that stays out of the way when I store it behind an open door.