There are few better pleasures we are afforded each day than that of taking our meals. However, living with Parkinson’s may mean your loved one’s eating routine has begun to feel more like a chore than an enjoyment.
When we eat, we use many complex fine motor skills without thinking about them even twice. The way we hold the handle of utensils is done in a way that holds them steady and at just the right angle.
People with Parkinson’s disease experience stiffness and tremors in muscle movement throughout the body, including the hands.
Picking up spoonfuls of soup often results in spills. Not being able to hold utensils steady makes it difficult to direct food into the mouth.
Weighted utensils reduce effect of tremors
One of the most valuable tools for people with Parkinson’s disease is weighted utensils. The heaviness of weighted utensils prevents the hand from shaking.
You can buy the K Eatlery Weighted Utensils individually or as an entire set (soup spoon, teaspoon, knife and fork). Their stainless steel construction and brass color makes them look like normal utensils.
Carol from Pennsylvania writes, “My husband has Parkinson’s and this set of silverware is such a help in steadying his hand. I just bought a second set for travel and eating out at restaurants.”
Large handles help steady grip
Alternatively, the large cushy handles of the Good Grips Weighted Utensils offer a genuinely comfortable eating experience.
The Good Grips Weighted Soup Spoon features the black rubber handle plus a raised edge around the bowl of the spoon. This raised edge keeps soup from spilling when the hand shakes slightly.
Keep food warm with special bowl
Speaking of eating soup, keep your loved one’s soup warm with the Keep Warm Dish. Dealing with the effects of Parkinson’s disease while eating often makes meals take longer, and it is frustrating when food gets cold as a result. Fill the chamber of the Keep Warm Dish with hot water to keep soup warm to the last drop.
Eating with Parkinson’s disease can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Enjoy the pleasure of eating with the appropriate dinnertime aid.