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.
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…
… help with retaining and promoting independence thanks to their intuitive handling (Universal Design).
… provide orientation for those with limited vision thanks to the colourful contrasts.
… relieve those affected and their carers and helpers of some of the burden.
… make eating and drinking with limited motor skills in hands, arms and neck easier.
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.
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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