Eating is more than just enjoying delicious food and satiating hunger. It is human nature to find pleasure in table conversation and dining with others. Parkinson’s patients however, lose some of the joy due to the loss of fine motor skills. Manipulating utensils is an uphill battle that takes the fun out of eating. Fortunately, there are a handful of Parkinson’s gadgets and accessories that allow Parkinson’s patients to enjoy meals. As a leading provider of Parkinson’s care in West Bloomfield, we thought we’d share our 5 favorites:
- Tremor Canceling Spoon – The device is a spoon with a tremor sensing device in the handle. The sensor reads the user’s tremor and stabilizes the utensil accordingly. The result is a much more comfortable journey from plate to mouth.
- Food Bumpers – This smart accessory clips onto any flat plate. It gives patients with trembling hands a perpendicular surface to “bump” with the eating utensil, making it easy to get food off the plate with a spoon. And something that is great for the caregiver – bumpers are dishwasher-safe.
- Warming Tray – Because Parkinson’s patients often need more time to finish meals, a warming tray keeps food tasting delicious for extended periods. Your loved one can enjoy their meal at their own pace, which can help minimize any feelings of anxiousness.
- Adapted Cups – Tremors are most challenging when trying to use fine motor skills. Taking a drink from a glass, for example, is almost impossible for some patients. Adding a second handle to a mug makes a world of difference and helps patients control the trembling hand. There are also weighted cups that make drinking easier and long flexible straws eliminate the need to raise a glass.
- Eating Utensil Holders – Parkinson’s patients find holding onto a spoon is easy with a specialized utensil holder. The holder accommodates any eating utensil by fastening to the user’s hand, so when released, it stays in place.
At Home Care Assistance of West Bloomfield, we’ve found that special accessories like the ones mentioned above can help facilitate independence, quality of life and overall happiness for seniors with Parkinson’s. Consider incorporating some of the above Parkinson’s gadgets into your aging loved one’s routine to help them better enjoy mealtime.
If the needs of your aging parent or loved one go beyond mealtime assistance and you need help in managing their care, contact Home Care Assistance of West Bloomfield today. With the support of our highly trained and experienced Parkinson’s caregivers, you can rest assured that your loved one is receiving the high level of quality care they need and deserve. We offer hourly and 24 hour home care in West Bloomfield and also conduct consultations where you can learn more about our services free of charge. To set a date for a consultation, please contact a Care Manager at 248.283.0835.