March is National Essential Tremor Awareness Month. What is essential tremor, you ask? According to the International Essential Tremor Foundation, essential tremor (ET) is one of the most common neuromuscular conditions and the most common cause of tremors, which are involuntary, rhythmic shaking that can occur in any part of the body.
The “essential” in “essential tremor” refers to the fact that the cause of the condition is unknown. There is no cure. However, there are many medical treatments to reduce the severity of the tremors, and using adaptive equipment, such as weighted utensils and plate guards, can greatly improve daily activities like eating and drinking.
Check out our slew of weighted utensils, plates and cups to find the product that could make your daily experience at the kitchen table or dining room much more pleasant. The increased weight in these items will help steady your loved one’s hand if they suffer from hand tremors caused by ET or many other tremor-causing conditions.
The K Eatlery Weighted Utensils allow you to eat with style, but they still offer the functionality of weighted utensils. Made of stainless steal, these utensils look like normal silverware and are therefore great for dining with guests or going out to eat at a five-star restaurant. People with hand tremors are often very anxious of how they may come across to others. The KEatlery Weighted Utensils offer what your loved one needs to keep steady but are not obtuse.
Another thing you can do to make eating a smoother experience for your loved one with ET is to use plates with sections. Sectioned plates will help them prevent accidentally tossing food off the plate and/or table. The Freedom No Slip Divided Plate with Suction Pad Base can help greatly in this area, as it functions as a sectioned plate and also features a suction base on the bottom to keep the plate from sliding.
We can’t forget to mention the Weighted Insulated Cups. These cups have a weighted base to help stabilize the drinking process. This weighted base along with the anti-splash lid with spout will prevent your loved one from spilling hot coffee.
Last but certainly not least, the Thomas Steady Arm is a device you should check out, especially if your loved one or friend has serious hand tremors. The arms are strapped down in the trough-style arm holder and a tension adjuster feature is set to counter tremors in the hand and arm. This has been shown to greatly enhance the ability to eat, drink, write and/or turn pages for people with hand tremors.
ET can be very frustrating, but there are steps you can take to help your loved one adapt and improve daily living. We hope we can help!