Hi all, It's my first time on the Forum and I'm not sure how to navigate around it properly yet. However saw this about 'SPOONS' and thought someone might be able to recommend a useful spoon that I could get for my Mum who has Advanced PD and I think also has PD dementia. She really struggles with eating and swallowing and really the whole process! The Speech and Language Therapist has been really helpful and has suggested that she eats without her dentures, that she eats thick pureed food & drinks thick liquids with a straw. These things do help. As does the advice from the dietician. I've looked at the info. on this website which also helped too.
At present she uses a dycem mat and normal plate/bowl and cutlery (but not terribly well). She uses a thermos mug with lid and we insert a straw. She often gets into a muddle with her cutlery and seems to forget what she's doing, or does unusual things (like she has lost concentration) when she's eating. It's pretty messy. She's often falling asleep at the same time. Eating takes her ages. Sometimes Dad and I help by feeding her, but I'm sure she would prefer to feed herself as much as she could. However she is also very skinny now (and falling and hurting herself too as she has no padding). I want to make life a bit easier for her (and for my Dad too). He's just started ordering some pureed meals from Wiltshire Farm Foods which have saved him some time and effort. Mum also now has fortified drinks twice a day to rack up the calories.
What I'm looking for is a 'useful spoon' for her. She doesn't have tremors but does get tired easily so I'm thinking a light weight one would be best. Also I think it needs to have a smaller 'bowl' size (ideally bigger than a teaspoon but maybe not quite as big as a desert spoon). Also it might be good if it could be angled towards her mouth too. Anyone got any ideas? Also I'm looking for suggestions re. sloping plates/bowls and also 'mugs' that aren't too heavy that she could use with a straw, that don't spill but are easy to keep clean. Names and brands would be much appreciated. I'm hoping to speak to her Occupational Therapist about this (and many other things too).
I expect I'll be back on the Forum looking for more help, advice, tips and support but thought I'd start here. Lovely people please help a newbie!!!! T