When I speak to dementia support groups, I mention how helpful it can be to use specially adapted eating utensils. Something as simple as a fork with a larger handle can help restore a bit of dignity to someone who is struggling with feeding themselves.
Recently, I was visiting my friend Yolanda Romero-Alemany in her medical supply store and I saw the helpful eating/feeding items she stocks. Yolanda is a great resource for medical equipment and supplies so I asked her to write this guest blog:
Ever wonder why restaurants’ menus and interiors often are red? Studies have shown that the color red stimulates the appetite.
How does this relate to people eating independently, especially those with Alzheimer’s or Dementia? Red is the color easiest to perceive for Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients which makes it great for tableware. Many Alzheimer’s patients do not eat enough due to lack of hand-eye coordination with silverware or not being able to distinguish the food from the serving bowl/dish. At Scottsdale Medical Equipment & Supplies, we carry the Power of Red line of utensils, bowls, and cups by Essential Medical. The red dish and bowl have nonslip bottoms which hold it in place while eating and the great red color provides contrast between the food and dish. The forks and spoons have large handles to make it easier to grip and can actually bend so the motion to scoop something up from a bowl to the mouth is easier. The Power of Red line also includes a cup with a nose cutout so people don’t have to tilt their heads back to drink. These items range in price from $18-$45.
Scottsdale Medical Equipment & Supplies stocks other Aids to Daily Living products carried at our store in Scottsdale, on the NW corner of Loop 101 and Shea Blvd. We stock many eating/feeding tools which make meal time more enjoyable for everyone.
If you are in the area, stop by our store is at 8752 E. Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 and “Let our Family Take Care of Your Family”.