I have an adult disabled daughter that will not stay out of cupboards


She has a condition that makes her want to eat all the time. Do have locks on all cabinets that has anything eatable. Which is a hassle for rest of house. How can we make kitchens friendly for all.

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  • Frances Arlene Frances Arlene on Aug 22, 2018


  • Suelane Suelane on Aug 22, 2018

    HI Vickie,

    Do you have an occupational therapist you can talk with about suggestions for your daughter's condition and what some tried and true solutions could be? I am just wondering if a professional has dealt with this kind of thing before and could guide you.

    I would try to concentrate all of the edibles into one cabinet so that others don't have to unlock/lock a bunch of different cupboards looking for what they want to eat. At least concentrating the food into a pantry or big cupboard would make it easily accessible in one trip to get the food and then easy just to lock it up and not worry about other cupboards having to be locked.

    Good luck!

  • AmAtHome AmAtHome on Aug 22, 2018

    Hi Vickie,

    Do you use an occupational therapist at all - maybe they have some behavior modification ideas, too? If it takes locks to prevent her from getting into the food, it's tough to think of something that would allow access to others while preventing her access.

  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Aug 22, 2018

    Vickie Hello,. This is a question that should be addressed by the professional who she sees. I've heard of this condition, it is quite hard to handle. Try some help from groups that have this eating disorder. I can't give you a answer for everyone. Best to all.

  • Kelly-n-Tony Kelly-n-Tony on Aug 22, 2018

    Unfortunately you do need the locks. Try to find a lock she can't get into but is easy enough for the rest of the family.

  • I try to keep as much edible food together as possible. My house and kitchen is small so no place for a pantry unless maybe I reduce the kitchen itself. Trying to avoid that but may have too. I just want to build kitchen in back yard that would solve the problem. Other families with this disability has same locks on everything. I also have to watch poisons as she will try anything. People with this disability usually eat so much they explode there stomachs and that is what takes them. So constantly supervision is required. And even that at times is not enough.

  • BakesandBarks BakesandBarks on Aug 22, 2018

    Hi Vickie! I used to teach autistic children and on a home visit one parent showed us something similar to this product https://www.amazon.com/Magnetic-Cabinet-Locks-Child-Safety/dp/B01N2B1160 . Basically you can keep the magnets on the fridge and it makes it easy for you to open the cabinets, but if you don't know that you need the magnets you can't open the cabinets. It does depend on the function level of your daughter, but if it's something that she wouldn't be able to figure out it may be a good option for you.

  • I have just bought a couple of these but had to drill out inside of door. They took awhile and some we can't use them. Also have ordered lock hardware for refrigerator they work well.

  • Sherri Sherri on Aug 22, 2018

    Vickie, I'm not trying to be personal but is your daughter's disabilities physical? Or a mental limitation? If you care to share we may be able to help. I know this must be hard for your family.

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    • Wow. I really have nothing to add, as it seems you are doing all the right things. I can't even imagine how you manage day to day. Just be sure to take time for yourself to be able to take care of your daughter and not get burned out. Will pray for you and your family. 🕊

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