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This Week's Carenote - 9/01/10

My husband suffers from Parkinson disease and is having more and more trouble getting food into his mouth due to his shaking.  He is not to the point where he will allow me to feed him so I was wondering is there any special silverware for Parkinson's people?

Thank you
JG

 

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Name: Yvonne
Location: South Dakota
Date: 09/03/2010
Time: 04:47 PM

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Hello, Here is a website for adaptive utensils. http://www.caregiverproducts.com (click on 'in the kitchen'). Also, contact your local occupational therapy department at the hospital, for evaluation and advice. Some Parkinsons websites with useful info: http://www.parkinson.org/ http://www.pdf.org/ I hope this helps!


Name: Greg
Location: Ocala, Florida
Date: 09/01/2010
Time: 06:05 PM

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I am a caregiver for a friend who has Parkinson's and the V.A. has a catlogue called Sammons Preston and you can order EZ Large Grip Weighted Utensils Aid Coordination. The V.A gave me the set at no charge. If you are not a Veteran you can still order from their catlogue. Order Online at www.sammonspreston.com I am sure you will find these utensls work great. Greg rprflca@yahoo.com


Name: Terri
Location: Northern Virginia
Date: 09/01/2010
Time: 04:27 PM

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You could try www.thewright-stuff.com, where there are lots of things for handicapped people. Also, since you are a spousal caregiver, check out the Well Spouse Association at www.wellspouse.org - a support organization for spousal caregivers with many resources to make contact with other spousal caregivers and make friends who are walking the same difficult path as you are.


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Date: 09/01/2010
Time: 08:02 AM

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Try using tortilla wraps or small pita enevelops that can be stuffed with food even spaghetti for ease of eating. These foods are typically eaten by hand and not untensils so his dignity will be honored.


Name: Janie Scott
Location: Columbia, MD
Date: 09/01/2010
Time: 07:01 AM

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There are a variety of adapted utensils, plates, bowls, cups, etc. that make eating easier for people with disabilities. One online product catalogue that you can find these tools is www.pattersonmedical.com and click on dining. If you husband needs more assistance finding adapted devices, or hints to make everyday activities easier contact an occupational therapist for a consultation. Janie B. Scott, MA, OT/L, FAOTA Occupational Therapy and Aging in Place Consultant


Name: maggie
Location: iowa
Date: 09/01/2010
Time: 06:13 AM

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My father in law has parkinsons, and we have found that adaptive silverware with larger handles is helpful. He also has reached the point where he will get the food halfway to his mouth, and stops there, so a reminder that he "has only 4 inches to go" or to "wait until you feel the spoon on your lip" He also has dementia, though, so maybe this won't apply to your situation. I'm sure if you just google adaptive silverware, you'll get the hits you need.


 







 

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