Adaptive eating utensils can help people eat more independently. These tools may help people with tremors, hand or arm weakness, limb differences, difficulty with fine motor control, or pain. Adaptive eating tools might have clips or straps and be larger, weighted, or angled.
What kinds of adaptive eating utensils are there?
Utensils with built up handles may help someone with difficulty grasping eat more independently. (DIY Option: foam hair curlers)
Curved handles may help someone eat independently if they have decreased range of motion and difficulty moving their wrist, arm, or hand.
A universal cuff fastens around the hand and holds cutlery to make eating easier for people with weak or limited grasp. (DIY Option: Instamorph moldable plastic)
Weighted utensils may stabilize tremors for more independent eating.
Electronic Self Stabilizing Utensils
These utensils use a computerized handle that keeps cutlery level and adapts to range of motion for people with limited hand or arm mobility to help them eat more easily. One example is Liftware.
A tippable spoon reduces spilling while eating for someone with tremors.
Plate guards help someone with a limb difference or difficulty with coordination scoop food off their plate more independently.
No Slip Bowls and Plates
Non-slip material stabilizes the bowl on the table to help someone eat by themselves. You can also a non-slip material called Dycem to help stabilize an item on the table.
Rocker knives make cutting food easier and safer, particularly for someone with one hand or with less dexterity or strength.
Obi Robotic Eating Device
The Obi is a switch-controlled robotic device for people who need help feeding themselves.
Stable Slide Self Feeding Support
Supports someone’s arm during eating if they need help stabilizing it or holding it up in a feeding position.
Consider options like the nosey cup, a wide base, a weighted base, or two handles.