Anti-Shake Spoon for People with Parkinson’s Disease(PD)

Anti-Shake Spoons for People with Parkinson’s disease

The likelihood of a Parkinson’s patient to mess the whole dining place up during feeding time is very high. For this reason they may dread feeding time to avoid the embarrassment that comes with it. What then can be done to ensure these patients maintain their dignity and enjoy feeding time once again? There are various adaptive utensils that have been invented to ensure that patients are feeding better. In this article we will explore anti-shake spoons for PD patients.

Research shows that using these spoons reduces the impact of shaking in PD patients by 76%.

Anti-shake spoons come complete with a micro chip, sensors, attachments and an electronic handle. The electronic handle recognizes the position of the hand and its tip automatically moves to keep the spoon level.  The micro chip and sensors enhance the work of the electric handle by detecting the force and direction of the hand tremor. It then moves in the opposite direction to offset the shaking.

The inventor of the spoon recognized that PD patients need to use forks and soup spoons too, hence the interchangeable attachments that come with the handle. Different companies have different policies on the availability of the extra attachments. Anti-Shake spoons are normally rechargeable so can be used for a long time depending on the company.

Some of these spoons are reviewed below:

Gyenno Parkinson’s spoon

gyenno anti shake spoon

This anti-shake spoon is easy to hold because of its non-slip ergonomic design. It weighs 130 g so it’s light enough for the patient. You do not have to worry about the material used to make it since it is made of medical grade silicones that ensure safe- eating experiences.

It has an automatic sleep mode once it detects that nobody is using it. This significantly reduces power consumption. Still on power consumption, it comes with a replaceable battery.

Liftware Steady Spoon

liftware spoon for Parkinson's disease

This is the most appropriate spoon for PD patients whose tremors have not progressed much. It comes with attachments that include a soup spoon, a joint spoon and a fork. It also has the option of purchasing other attachments separately. However, there have been complaints about its life. It breaks easily and this makes it a very risky investment.

Bunmo Adaptive Set

bunmo adaptive spoon

The best thing about this is that it comes as a near complete dining cutlery set; a fork, a spoon, a soup spoon and a joint knife. It only lacks a butter knife. This means that you do not have to buy additional attachments. Holding onto cutlery can be a hard task for PD patients. This set has an ultra wide handle making it easier for the patient to grasp and hold onto it. The limitation of this set is that it has been found to be a little bit heavier for the PD patient.

A spoon is portable so you do not have to worry about taking your PD patient out for dinner since you can carry the spoon. You might even inspire dining places to start offering specialized cutlery which will be a win for PD patients.

 

 

Preventing Falls by Dementia Patients

When people get Alzheimer’s dementia, they are highly likely to do things that they would never attempt were they doing okay. Alzheimer’s dementia mostly affects old people and is a neural degenerative disease. One of the biggest risks that they have to live with is the risk of falls from the bed when they are getting up. They also risk getting lost since most of the times they want to wander away and this could lead them to easily getting lost.

While working at an elderly home, I have found out that medical caregivers and nurses can avert this dangers by getting some bed leaving alarms or even pagers that will alert them whenever the elderly person is at the brink of getting lost or falling off from the bed.

According to Hosiped, the bed alarm should be placed under the mattress pad where the patient is sleeping and anytime they are attempting to get out of the bed, the bed alarm will detect such movement and alert the caregiver who should then promptly head over to where the elderly person is lying and help them out of the bed without causing any dangers.

How to minimize risks of bed falls

  • Make sure that the elderly has gone to pee before bed so that they do not feel the urge and go to the toilet unsupervised.
  • Make sure that the bed has bed rails
  • Make sure that the patient is comfortable
  • The bed room should be kept moist free to avoid falling
  • Have motion sensors in the patient’s bedroom that are going to detect any movement that might cause a fall.
  • Have pets near the patient as they tend to make them feel loved and have companionship around them—which is a thing that most demented person do crave.
  • Have them well fed because they might want to get out of bed and grab some food and in the process, they might fall and injure themselves.