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”.
Recently, I worked with a client who had just returned home after six weeks in hospital and rehab. “Irene” had been a vital, active 78 year-old woman before her stroke. More than anything, Irene and her husband “Bob” want to get their lives back to normal.
Since Irene has arrived home, Bob has been working overtime managing all of the activities that come with recovery from stroke including: scheduling doctor’s appointments then going to the appointments, ordering and receiving a hospital bed and wheel chair, juggling therapy visits, picking-up prescriptions, making the house wheel chair friendly and opening all the mail that accumulates while you are occupied away from home, just to name a few.
Bob asked me to help him learn how to cook for and feed Irene. Before the stroke, cooking was Irene’s job in the family but Bob will do anything it takes to care for his wife, including learning how to cook at 78 years-old! Being a bit overwhelmed, Bob has no time to cook for himself, let alone cook and then puree meals for Irene. I’m glad that there are foods like Mom’s Meals – Purees to recommend to him.
Mom’s Meals is an online supplier fresh-cooked, ready-made refrigerated pureed meals. Each meal has a main dish, vegetable and dessert. Their menu consists of comfort foods like:
- Scrambled Eggs with Brown Sugar Pork Loin Bacon, Bread and Applesauce
- Roast Beef with Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots, Vanilla Pudding and Applesauce
- Pork with BBQ Sauce, Cheese Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Fruit and Chocolate Pudding
- Roasted White-meat Chicken with Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and Carrots, Fruit and Vanilla Pudding
- Pasta with Marinara Sauce and Broccoli, Blueberry Applesauce and Pudding
You order online (or by phone) and Mom’s Meals ships directly to your home. The meals have a 14 day shelf life and are easily reheated in the microwave.
I sampled four meals and I found them delicious and hearty. At between 600 and 700 calories per meal, they are ideal for helping to rebuild your strength. With four breakfast menus and eight lunch/dinner choices, you have some ability to eat a variety of foods. If you like home-cooking, Mom’s Meals purees will appeal to you, as they did to Irene and Bob.
Each full puree meal is $7.49 plus shipping. Shipping is $14.95 regardless of the size of your order.
And if you are too busy to cook, like Bob, check-out their regular meals, as well!
To order from Mom’s Meals purees visit their website: http://www.momsmeals.com/independent-at-home/pureed-menu/.
If you need advice, please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-266-5622.