Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative neurological disorder that affects almost 60,000 Americans every year.
Parkinson’s patients may not experience all of these symptoms simultaneously, but people with one or more may find it hard to perform simple daily activities. Hand tremors, the most common symptom, interfere with having a simple meal. Mealtime becomes exhausting rather than something to enjoy with friends and family. Attempting to hold ordinary eating utensils pose problems for individuals with Parkinson’s. For example, hand tremors make eating independently tricky, especially for seniors. Food and liquid spills are unavoidable. This blog shares five eating utensils for Parkinson’s that make eating more manageable and more enjoyable.
These specialty utensils, a swivel fork and a swivel spoon, have a unique swivel mechanism that allows the bowl of the spoon and the tines of the fork to stay level when in use. Swivel limiters in the utensil prevent excessive rotation or swing and allow users with hand tremors to eat without spilling the food. The finger indentations on the smooth, vinyl handles provide a comfortable and non-slippery grip during the hand-to-mouth motion. The best thing about these adaptive eating utensils is they enable you or your loved ones with Parkinson’s disease to eat independently without the help of a caregiver. They are made of quality stainless steel, dishwasher safe, and BPA free. Sold separately! Click on the button below to order!
Everybody should enjoy their favorite beverages. In the case of someone with Parkison’s disease, shaky hands or hand tremors make it likely to spill the drinks when using regular drinking cups. Our Parkinson’s weighted insulated drinking cup and spill-proof lids feature a steel weight at the base of the drinking cup to reduce hand tremors and allow the users to enjoy their beverages.
The weighted insulated cup comes with your choice of a drinking spout lid or a closeable no-spill lid. Either cover helps to prevent spills. The Parkinson’s insulated mug holds eight-fluid ounces of hot or cold beverages. Click on the button below to order!
The extra weight and large handle circumference of these weighted eating utensils help Parkinson’s users with painful arthritis stabilize their shaky hands while offering pain-reducing comfort. KE-Classic Weighted Utensils feature a spoon, soup spoon, and fork with a shaft that bends to the left or right, making them a right-angled or left-angled eating utensil. This is perfect for people with Parkinson’s disease, severe arthritis in the finger joints, and individuals with limited wrist or hand mobility. Other features include:
- A comfortable, non-slip, large handle to make grasping easier for those with arthritis or a weak grip
- The blade of the knife is a curved style rocker blade that enables users with the use of only one hand to cut through food easily
- Quality stainless steel and dishwasher safe
Bending the shaft to the left or the right of the KE-Classic Weighted Utensils is easy. Simply press your finger or thumb against the flat side in the desired direction. Please be careful when bending the utensil. The shaft can break from the stress of too much bending! KE-Classic is also available as a non-weighted utensil set. Click on the button below to order!
The KEatlery Stainless Steel Weighted Eating Utensils are the most popular weighted eating utensils for Parkinson’s disease. They are made of high polished 18/0 stainless steel and weigh as much as 7.2 ounces each. Each weighted utensil helps to reduce hand tremors, allowing the user to enjoy their meal without spillage or assistance from a caregiver. Other features include:
- Easy-to-grip finger indentations for a more controlled and comfortable, non-slip grip
- A deeper bowl and a recessed edge in the soup spoon to prevent spilling
- Quality stainless steel made to last a lifetime
- Dishwasher safe
This unique tool attaches to a standard round plate. It features an internal groove that enables users to connect it to the plate, and the concave wall helps guide food onto the eating utensil. Once the plate mate attaches, it helps prevent food from being pushed off the plate. The My Plate-Mate is ideal for people with Parkinson’s tremors, limited range of motion, or the use of only one hand. It’s available in two sizes: small to fit plates up to 8.5 inches in diameter and large for plates nine to 11 inches in diameter. Sold in a pack of three and is dishwasher safe! Click on the button below to order!
Yes, eating can become taxing for people with Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, or other hand/wrist disorders. However, with the proper adaptive eating utensils, these individuals can enjoy their meals and beverages without assistance from a loved one or caregiver. For more adaptive devices, browse around TheElderExpo.com, or call our customer service center at 1.877.728.9507. Our customer service center is open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm EST.