June 04, 2021 2 min read
As we age, it is common to experience the weakening of the hand muscles. Studies have shown that hand function starts to decrease after the age of 65, and this may affect elderly's ability to perform daily tasks, such as eating.
In this article, we are going to introduce some common dining and meal-time aids that will help your elderly loved ones at home to age independently and happily.
1. Anti-slip Cutlery Grips
These handle grips for utensils are specially designed to be larger than normal utensil grips, and also textured at the same time to enhance grip for the user. People with limited hand grasp eg. people with arthritis would have difficulties using normal cutleries as their grips are usually too smooth or too narrow. These hand grips can also help ease pressure on joints during use, allowing daily meals to be carried out without any discomfort or pain.
There are slots within the utensils where weights can be added. Added weight on the utensils help to stabilise the grip for people who experience hand tremors. It can also be bent into the best and most suited angle for the user to bring food to their mouths easily, without having to rotate or twist their wrists.
A strap is also included, where users can slot their hand into, to hold up the utensil if they have limited or no grasp.
3. Scoop Dish
Scoop dishes have one side of the plate raised, which allows easy scooping of food even with limited hand mobility. There are also suction cups at the bottom of the plates to keep the dish in place on the table during eating.
Feeding aids are a great way to allow your elderly loved ones to age independently, and to feel a sense of dignity doing daily chores on their own. The idea may be foreign, but it is definitely worth a try!
When it comes to helping our elderly loved ones live more independent and healthy lives, the best thing we can do is to provide them with the right elderly equipment so that they feel comfortable and safe. At The Golden Concepts, we are committed to improving the quality of life of elderly persons and our products are designed to address a wide range of diverse needs. If you need help finding a wheelchair with detachable arms, geriatric chair for elderly, or any other eldercare equipment, contact us today and we will be happy to serve you.
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