Cutlery following chemotherapy: What utensils can help my client who is experiencing weakness and tremor following chemotherapy?
What utensils can help my client who is experiencing weakness and tremor following chemotherapy?
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Hand weakness and tremors certainly can make holding and moving cutlery very difficult for people with tremors and weakness. Thankfully, there are a number of products on the market designed to address these concerns – many of them quite reasonably priced.
One of the most common solutions in these types of situations are utensils with easy-to-grip handles. The weighted versions of these tools can be particularly helpful to people with tremors by acting as a counterbalance – though some prefer the non-weighted versions. Here are examples of each:
- by Sammons Preston (at Amazon Canada), which sells for about $17 to $27 (CDN) each, plus shipping.
- (at Amazon Canada). Six ounces of added weight in the built-up handle provides more control so that the utensil reaches the mouth easier. About $25 to $30 (CDN) plus shipping per utensil.
Non-weighted, non-slipping cutlery
- A popular non-weighted option is the (at Amazon Canada), which sells for about $20 (CDN) plus shipping.
- Another simple solution when gripping the utensil is a problem is a (at Amazon Canada), where you can slip on foam tube handle to almost any piece of cutlery. These sell for $10 (CDN) plus shipping.
To avoid spilling
- by Parsons ADL (at emso.ca). For eating soup and easy-to-spill foods, some people benefit from using a partially covered spoon. The lid covers about two-thirds of the spoon, limiting the amount of spillage. Costs about $18 (CDN) for two spoons.
- “Scooper” bowls and plates, which have rounded edges also help make it easier for the person with tremor to get the food onto their cutlery. Here’s an example: the (at SeniorsStore.ca), which sells for about $30 (CDN) plus shipping.