Smart and Weighted Parkinson’s Spoons Review: A Look at anti tremor cutlery for people with Parkinson’s tremors in 2021
Last updated on January 20th, 2021 at 01:02 pm
Top 5 Parkinson’s Gyroscope spoons
The gyenno gyroscopic spoon for tremors electronically reduces your tremors by 85% thus enabling the parkinson’s patient to at least stabilize a little bit. The gyenno spoon comes with a gyro weighted handle with a good grip, a charging box and a charging cable. The fully charged spoon can go for at least three meals a day. It will switch off itself automatically when you are not using it and is anti-bacterial, metal-grade silicone and is FDA approved. The liftware steady starter kit comes with a parkinson’s spoon, folk and soup spoon. The liftware spoon reduces hand tremors by 70% and is thus a little bit worse as compared to the gyenno spoon.The gyroscopic handle has motion sensors so that it can detect the direction of your mouth and ease movement towards that side. Most people think that the lifware spoon will stop their tremors but it is not designed for that. When you eat with this spoon, you will still find yourself tremoring but those tremors are absorbed by the liftware handle and as such, you are still able to eat really well. If the tremors are too much, the motion sensor will detect the direction you intend to move the spoon and will therefore help you direct food to your mouth. The Good grips spoon is weighted such that it is more stable and thus possible for you to move food to your mouth with less pouring and less embarrassment. It also features a raised lip so that even when you do tremor, less food will run off. Unlike the two former spoons, this has no electric gadgets in it. Just the weighting and the super deep spoon eating surface.
How to know whether the gyro spoon will be of benefit to your Parkinson’s patientGyenno has come out to say that people with severe hand tremors might not find the smart Parkinson’s spoon effective for them. These spoons only work for people with mild or moderate tremors. If your tremors have an amplitude greater than 7cm, then the spoon might not be of help for you and you will need to feed the patient by holding the normal spoon for them. To test whether your patient can use these stabilizing spoons, go ahead and cut out a 7cm by 7cm square on a piece of A4 sized paper. Hold up the A4 paper facing the patient. Ask the patient to hold a pen at the centre of the square and try to keep it there for 20 seconds. If their amplitude is greater than the 7cm, the spoon will not be of help. You will note this when they tend to touch the square edges with the pen. If the patient does not touch the square edges with the pen, then the smart spoons are a right fit and will help them eat without trembling a lot.
Kinsman Enterprises 11794 KEatlery Weighted Dinnerware SoupspoonThe Kinsman Enterprises soupspoon was far too heavy for my patient’s liking. Though it sells affordably, the spoon weighs 7.2 ounces which is quite heavy for a patient battling Parkinson’s at stage 3 where the tremors are quite high. Though I have seen from other reviews that those at early stages of the disease can actually use it, it did not do my patient any good. With that said though, I do not think that the spoon is just useless and a waste of money Sammons Preston is another cheap to buy weighted spoon for individuals with hand tremors or suffering from arthritis, stroke or simply weak grip. It has non-slip handle with a plastic covering that makes a good grip. Though the guys at Sammons Preston claim that it is bendable, I found it rather hard to do so as the material was really strong. The Bunmo spoon is weighted and therefore good for people who are suffering from arthritis, have handicapped hands or are suffering from parkinson’s disease. The set comes with two spoons, a sharp curved knife and fork. The handles are grip friendly for anyone having hand muscle problems so that they can hold it with ease. Their size is also rather big so that you can hold them with ease. Vive health is a reputable company that deals with caregiving products and when I saw their Parkinson’s disease spoon, I just felt compelled to try it out and then write this review. The set comes with a knife, feeding spoon and soup spoon and fork. The ribbed weighted vive health spoon gives you a good grip so that you can eat with ease despite the tremors. The weight somehow reduces the tremors though I would not say that it is as effective as the smart parkinson’s spoon.
7 oz Weighted Utensils by Celley
The Celley weighted utensils are also worth considering for arthritis, multiple sclerosis and parkinson’s patients. It is made of food grade, high quality steel and the pack comes with a fork, soup spoon, knife and a table spoon.
It has a classic design where each of the utensils is accentuated with this string of beads that run along the surface.
According to the designers of the Celley, it is meant to restore dignity and normalcy for the patient.
What we Loved about the Celley Utensils
- -The classic design was great to look at and use to eat
- -Weighted spoon and therefore good for people with mild tremors
- -Inexpensive and so anyone could buy
What we did not like about the Celley Pack
- -It is not the best of inventions and people with severe tremors would still find themselves spilling the food.
- -It does not counter your shaking arms
- -Might be uncomfortable for people with arthritis due to the weight and sharpness of the edges.
Eazyhold Silicone Adaptive Cuff: Alternative to Weighted Spoons for Parkinsons
The guys over at eazyhold store have come up with a great invention of what they call the eazyhold silicone adaptive aid for toddlers as well as adults who have limited mobility and dexterity. Now what this cuff does is that helps you get a firm grip on your toothbrush, writing pen, comb and eating spoon so that these tasks become easier and you do not really have to call in a caregiver to help you do them.
You are able to do them with ease while at the same time enjoying the independence of knowing that you can do them on your own. Rather than buy those expensive motion sensor spoons or weighted pens, the eazyhold is versatile enough to be used with the normal items that you have at your home.
How to eat with tremors
- Use both hands to hold the cup
- Avoid alcohol or too caffeinated beverages
- Hold your elbows close to your body
- Take beverages from half filled cups or glasses. You could also use straws
- Be rested since being agigated can aggravate the tremor
- Wear weighted objects such as watches, wristbands as weight can help with making you stable.
- Avoid buffets or ask someone to get you the food from the line
- Eat fro, half-filled spoons
- Have your food cut into tiny bits that are easy to chew
- Use a napkin so as to not make a mess of yourself while eating
- Use weighted utensils or you if you can afford it, use smart spoon and forks that counteract tremors
- When holding a cup, use one hand to hold it on the rim and support it on the bottom with the other hand
- Have the eating utensils placed almost at edge of table. The utensils need have rubber bottom so that they do not move or slip.
Wrap up on the best eating utensils for Parkinson’s patients
The liftware remains as my personal best since I have seen how it dignifies Parkinson’s patients. With the motion sensors and the electric technology, patients are able to scoop food and eat peacefully amid the tremors. And did I mention that it comes with a bag so that you can carry it when going out to a restaurant and still hide the fact that you have too much shaking.
If you are on a low budget though, you might then decide to go for the good grips weighted soup spoon which with its sheer weight will reduce your spillage somehow.
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- Mealtime. Parkinson’s Foundation. Retrieved from https://www.parkinson.org/Living-with-Parkinsons/Managing-Parkinsons/Activities-of-Daily-Living/Mealtime