Eating & Drinking Aids

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You will find more information about eating and drinking aids here, to help with a range of issues, including weakened grip, tremor, swallowing problems, etc.

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Eating aids
Drinking aids

Eating Aids

ergonomic Wave cutleryThis stylish cutlery set has been designed for easy eating with reduced dexterity or strength. The fork and spoon have an S-shaped silhouette, an eye-catching design feature which also provides discreet support when lifting and guiding the cutlery. The round grip of the knife means that it sits comfortably in the hand, whether large or small. It can be used with an unorthodox grip, if necessary: between the middle and index fingers, for instance, for effective holding and cutting.

Vital platesThis range of plates have a slanted interior base and a discreet protruding lip. Both of these features make it easier for people eating with one hand to access food with either a fork or spoon. A nonslip ring on the base also makes sure that the plate stays in place.

image of maroon spoonsThese spoons with their narrow, shallow bowls make it easier for anyone who has difficulties eating from a standard spoon. Clothing protectors help preserve dignity, as well as clothes, for people with a tremor.

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Drinking Aids

Image of two handled cupsIf weakness, lack of dexterity or a tremor make it difficult to use a standard cup or mug, a two-handled design may be easier.

Options include the Dignity range shown on the right, which combines a wide, two-handled grip with a drinking spout that can also accommodate a straw if preferred.

The oval saucer also does duty as a plate for biscuits, etc, and has a deep recess to hold the cup securely while it is being carried.

An adjustable mug or cup holder can also be useful to keep drinks from spilling; the insulation prevents heat damage to wooden surfaces.

image of Inclusive mug from OrnaminPeople who have had a stroke, a head injury or neurological disability often have difficulty swallowing safely. The technical term is dysphagia. A mug with a cone-shaped interior makes it much easier to drink without having to tip your head back and without your nose getting in the way.

This discreet range of brightly coloured mugs has thermal insulation to keep drinks hot or cold as required, and one or two wide handles that are easy to grip with the whole hand. They are also available with a spouted lid.

A simple, cost-effective solution for anyone with limited mobility, whether in bed or a chair, the Hydrant (right) provides liquid via a tube with bite valve, which opens under pressure and closes when released, so there is no leakage.

image of Hydrant drinking systemIdeal for situations – such as hospitals and care homes – where somebody is otherwise dependent on others to provide drinks.

There are various hands-free drinking systems, to allow people complete control over how much liquid they consume, whatever their physical limitations.

Proper hydration is essential to good health. You can read more on this subject in our Nutrition Blogspot

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