Adaptive eating equipment is designed to make life easier especially for the elderly and the disabled. Some of the common ones are the utensils for the elderly. Seniors at times face various challenges during meal time.
Special living aids designed to ease those eating difficulties can go a long way in making the dining experience much easier. There are also handicapped utensils to address specific needs.
Dining does not have to be stressful or difficult. You can have a much better dining experience by using appropriate devices for your needs.
Mishaps during meal time can necessitate special eating
aids. For example when you cannot firmly hold the utensils with small
handles, when 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 standard cups since they cannot
effectively grasp the handles.
If you have arthritis you may find comfort by using these adaptive aids. Arthritis eating utensils are one of the most common adaptive eating equipment. This is supported by a study from the 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.
If you have hand weakness or tremors you may benefit from easy grip
utensils or devices that help minimize hand discomfort while eating.
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 from tremors. If you have difficulty cutting up 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 to get the food into your 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 prevent them from sliding. A plate guard can also be fixed
on plates to prevent food from sliding off the plate, making it easier to scoop food onto the spoon.
If you have poor range of motion and have difficulty getting a cup to your mouth or have other difficulties there are spout cups and others that make drinking easier.
All of these independent living aid products
can make the dining experience easier. In all cases, be sure to
properly assess your condition in order to select the appropriate dining
aids for your needs.