Adaptive eating equipment is designed to make life easier especially for the elderly and the disabled. Some of the common adaptive eating equipments are the utensils for the elderly. Seniors at times face various challenges during meal times and special living aids designed to ease their eating difficulties could go a long way in making their dining experience much easier and enjoyable. There are also handicapped utensils to address specific needs.
Why Use Adapative Utensils?
Several mishaps during meal time can necessitate special eating aids. For example when you cannot firmly hold the utensils with small handles, when you’re eating and the food keeps sliding off the plate, or when the plate itself keeps sliding on the table. Some individuals may also have a hard time drinking from the standard cups since they cannot effectively grasp the handles or they cannot tilt their heads.
Arthritis eating utensils are one of the most common adaptive eating equipments; this is supported by a 2005 study by CDC (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention) which found that this is the leading cause for disability in the world. In the USA, over 20 million people have severe limitations due to this condition.
Most of the utensils are therefore easy grip utensils or devices that help minimize hand discomfort while eating. Another situation that may call for some assistive eating device is when a person has severe hand weakness or stiffness in the hands.
Some of the Commonly Used Assistive Devices
Some of the most common are the built up utensils. These have buffed up handles that improve the grip even for those who may suffer tremors. These types are also easier to wash hence improving sanitation. If you have difficulty in cutting up their food using the conventional knifes, a special rocker knife can be used. Bent utensils are also available for individuals who have minimal range of motion in their hands.
These include bent spoons and fork that make it easier delivering food into the mouth. Some models come already bent while others allow you to bend as needed.
There are also special plates and mugs that have a suction pad at the bottom to stabilize them and prevent them from sliding on the table. A plate guard can also be fixed on plates to prevent foods from sliding off the plate and to make it easier to scoop food onto the spoon; there are lipped plates that can also be used to aid in this.
For people having difficulty drinking from the mainstream cups, there are spout cups that will enable the user to suck instead of straight drinking that may result in spillage. There are also angled cups that will make drinking easier for individuals who have a poor range of motion and have difficulty getting cups to their mouth and other types of drinking aids to suit different needs.
All of these independent living aid products can make the dining experience easier. In all cases, be sure to properly assess the condition in order to select the appropriate utensils for your needs.