Published: Jan. 25, 2012
Updated: Jan. 25, 2012
Challenges with independently feeding yourself can be frustrating and upsetting. Some difficulties may be alleviated with simple solutions such as those listed below.
An occupational therapist will be able to demonstrate these solutions as well as provide additional techniques or strategies to further assist an individual with maintaining independence during dining.
If you or a significant other have difficulties swallowing, this should be addressed with your primary care physician as soon as possible.
Utensils with large handles will decrease the amount of hand strength required to grip silverware. A built-up handle can be added to your silverware by placing tubing around the handle.
Utensils with built-up handles can be purchased relatively inexpensively. Particular consideration should be given to the weight of the utensil. A weighted utensil is primarily recommended to reduce tremor. A lightweight, built-up handle is preferable for individuals with decreased hand or arm strength.