Parkinson‘s

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Independent eating and drinking with Parkinson’s

Stay active and maintain independence

The clearest symptom of Parkinson‘s is shaking. The tremor is often seen particularly clearly at rest. For those affected, the psychological stress is compounded by the visible nature of the illness: the slower movements, muscle stiffness, postural instability and swallowing disorders cannot be hidden from outsiders. Daily living aids cannot influence the course of the disease or alleviate the symptoms, but they do give Parkinson‘s sufferers a bit of their quality of life back and help them to lead life more independently. Everything under control despite Parkinson‘s.


5 facts about Parkinson's

• Namesake is Dr. James Parkinson who in 1817 described the disease as ‚shaking palsy‘.
• The majority is affected between the ages of 50 and 60.
• Every twelfth Parkinson’s patient is younger than 40.
• Parkinson’s is caused by the death of neuronal cells in the brain, which then cannot continue to produce dopamine, a substance responsible for coordination and execution of motion sequences.
• Up to 30 % of the patients do not notice the effects of shaking which is the most common symptom, but from muscular rigidity and paralysis.

ORNAMIN Mug with Internal Cone

Parkinson's aid tremor spoon guard

The practical tremor spoon guard ensures that food stays on the spoon despite a tremor or cramps. The Parkinson’s spoon compensates trembles and is a great relief while eating for people with shaky hands. The attachment is easy to attach to most commercially available spoons and offers a pleasant feeling while eating thanks to its flexible material.

Parkinson’s tableware by ORNAMIN


Independent eating with Parkinson’s despite shaking

Tremble, muscle stiffness and reduced mobility may limit clearly the pleasure while eating and drinking. Too quickly something is spilled as shaky hands cannot hold the cup strongly enough. Simple movements such as holding a knife and fork can no longer be mastered alone. But it is these everyday activities such as washing and preparing food that should be practiced for as long as possible.

The colourful family tableware by ORNAMIN uses supportive features integrated into the universal design to help retain and promote independence and happiness at the dining table. Together with support from speech therapists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists, people living with Parkinson‘s can retain some quality of life in spite of limited coordination and restrictions in fine motor skills.

The ORNAMIN eating and drinking aids…

ORNAMIN independent eating and drinking

… help with retaining and promoting independence thanks to their intuitive handling (Universal Design).

ORNAMIN melamine brilliant optics

… provide orientation for those with limited vision thanks to the colourful contrasts.

ORNAMIN relief of the care staff

… relieve those affected and their carers and helpers of some of the burden.

ORNAMIN relief while eating and drinking

… make eating and drinking with limited motor skills in hands, arms and neck easier.

ORNAMIN independent eating and drinking

… help with retaining and promoting independence thanks to their intuitive handling (Universal Design).

ORNAMIN melamine brilliant optics

… provide orientation for those with limited vision thanks to the colourful contrasts.

ORNAMIN relief of the care staff

… relieve those affected and their carers and helpers of some of the burden.

ORNAMIN relief while eating and drinking

… make eating and drinking with limited motor skills in hands, arms and neck easier.

Alongside dementia and Alzheimer‘s, Parkinson‘s Disease is one of the most common diseases of the central nervous system. Its symptoms cause patients and relatives anxiety: the muscles and motor system cannot be controlled in the way we are used to controlling them. This makes social situations and activities in particular more difficult: those affected are ashamed of their disability and start to retreat more and more, including refusing to eat with others. To be dependent on help is a huge challenge, particularly at the start of an illness. Everyday aids should therefore not only be functional, but be designed in an as appealing way as the tableware by ORNAMIN.

Bernhard König, Association for Parkinson Nurses and Assistants (VPNA e.V.)

The ORNAMIN Parkinson’s cutlery

With hidden features in knife, fork and spoon the cutlery supports independent eating when struggling with limited mobility in hands and fingers. Fork and spoon have an S shape, are well balanced and can be held and used more comfortably than regular cutlery.

ORNAMIN Cutlery Set
ORNAMIN ergonomic feeding cup

Firm hold while drinking with shaky hands

To make drinking easier, drinking cups and mugs should be ergonomically shaped and combinable with discreet drinking lids: Like the Two Handled Mug with Internal Cone which is comfortable to hold thanks to the two large handles. This provides more security when drinking independently. More features are hidden inside the mug: The internal cone ensures that the neck is not overstretched when emptying the mug and the thermal function keeps drinks hot or cold for longer.

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