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11 Adaptive Utensils and Eating Aids for Hand Tremors, Dementia, Parkinson’s, Stroke

11 adaptive utensils and dinnerware make eating easier for people with hand tremors, Parkinson’s, arthritis, and dementia

Eating independently can be challenging for some seniors

Older adults living with health conditions like stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, tremors, arthritis, or neuropathy often have trouble eating independently.

Hand tremors or weakness can make holding utensils and making the necessary hand and arm movements almost impossible.

Because of the difficulty, some seniors may even lose their appetite and stop eating.

Adaptive utensils, plates, and cups make it easier to eat so mealtime is more enjoyable and seniors are more likely to stay well-nourished.

We rounded up 11 helpful adaptive utensils and dinnerware that make eating easier for people with:

  1. Hand tremors, weakness, or Parkinson’s disease

  2. Alzheimer’s disease or dementia

  3. Weakness, arthritis, or hand mobility issues

4 adaptive utensils for hand tremors or Parkinson’s disease

Weighted adaptive utensils set
  1. Features: Discreet appearance; weighted, non-slip wide handles.

  2. Helpful for: People with hand tremors, Parkinson’s, weak grip, wrist or hand weakness.

Adaptive scoop dish for one hand or low mobility
  1. Features: Non-skid feet grip the table, low front edge and high back edge helps scoop food onto fork.

  2. Helpful for: Single-handed eating and people with poor eyesight, limited coordination, Parkinson’s, stroke, or tremors.

hand tremors adaptive utensils
  1. Features: 3 compartments to keep foods separate, high-sided to make scooping easy.

  2. Helpful for: People with Parkinson’s, stroke, or tremors or those eating pureed foods.

hand tremors adaptive utensils
  1. Features: Double handles, two lid types included, clear plastic, holds warm or cold liquids, keeps spills to a minimum.

  2. Helpful for:  People with weak grip, hand tremors, who need to drink while in bed, Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, or those recovering from stroke.

2 dining sets for Alzheimer’s disease or dementia

Red dinner ware for Alzheimer's disease and dementia
  1. Features: Plate and bowl have a suction cup bottom and rimmed side, bendable utensils also have built up handles for easy grip, everything is dishwasher safe.

  2. Helpful for: People with Alzheimer’s or dementia who struggle with eating or have decreased appetite. Red dinnerware is specifically designed to increase appetite in Alzheimer’s patients. In studies, the red color increased food intake of Alzheimer’s patients by 24% and liquid intake by 84%.

hand tremors adaptive utensils
  1. Features: Specially designed tableware that helps increase food and drink intake, maintain dignity and independence during meals, and reduce work for caregivers.

  2. Helpful for:  People with Alzheimer’s or dementia who struggle with eating or have decreased appetite.

5 adaptive utensils for weakness, arthritis, or hand mobility issues

Adaptive rocker knife for Hand Tremors, Dementia, Parkinson’s, Stroke
  1. Features: Designed with smooth edges to prevent any accidental cuts; intended to be used with a rocking motion, not a slicing motion.

  2. Good for: One-handed cutting and people who have difficulty cutting food.

hand tremors adaptive utensils
  1. Features: Large, easy-grip handles that are bendable to the left or right.

  2. Helpful for: People with arthritis, Parkinson’s, neuropathy, or low grip strength.

5 piece adaptive utensil set
  1. Features: Wide, easy-grip, non-slip handles; set includes a fork, knife, curved knife, dinner spoon and soup spoon.

  2. Helpful for: People with arthritis, Parkinson’s, neuropathy, or low grip strength.

hand tremors adaptive utensils
  1. Features: Silicone strap cuff helps hold a variety of utensils, tools, and other objects.

  2. Helpful for: People with arthritis, Parkinson’s, neuropathy, or low grip strength.

Adaptive foam grip tubing
  1. Features: Provides a wider grip for everyday objects like toothbrushes, pens, hairbrushes, etc. for greater control – cut to desired length

  2. Helpful for: People with arthritis, Parkinson’s, neuropathy, or low grip strength

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By DailyCaring Editorial Team

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