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text 2019-11-27 08:56
Adaptations to Cutlery Helps at Mealtimes

For people with a tremor, reduced strength or range of motion in the hands, using standard cutlery may become difficult. Controlling it accurately can be a challenge, making meal times awkward. Fortunately there are certain sets of knives and forks which have adaptations making them easier to control.


Specialist knives, forks and Caring Cutlery


Conventional metal cutlery tends to be quite narrow. It requires the user to have a precise grip. For people with arthritis in the hands and fingers, this can be painful. Cutlery featuring a wider handle can dramatically improve this.


By spreading the weight more evenly through the hand, ‘built-up’ handled cutlery improves control. People tend to find larger items do not require such a tight grip, which can lead to increased tremors.


Another method of expanding the girth of cutlery handles is by using foam tubing. This is available in different thicknesses and fits to standard cutlery. Wrapping cutlery with certain types of thick tape has a similar affect if used correctly.


Some special knives and forks like ‘Caring Cutlery’, have features which further assist user control. Items in this range have a contoured design which fits snugly in the hand. Its shape also features an indentation on the top, enabling firm positioning of the index finger. This greatly improves control and reduces the impact of tremors.


Other adapted implements, similar to Caring Cutlery, have similar oversized handles. Some come with the additional benefit of ‘directional’ heads. This means the head of the spoon or fork can be set at an angle to suit the user.


If you have a limited range of motion, you may find it difficult to direct conventional spoons and forks into your mouth. The possibility of angling the heads to make the process easier may help.


Using a sock aid or long-handled shoe-horn


As people in their 40s and 50s know only too well, one’s flexibility can rapidly diminish. Just reaching down to your feet can be a struggle after a certain age. Where once you might have been able to touch your toes, now you can barely reach your shins! Whether it is due to back problems joint stiffness, it causes practical problems when getting dressed.


The knock-on impact of this is difficulty in putting on shoes and socks. The act of stretching down and pulling upwards, the action required to pull-on socks, can be hard. There are pieces of equipment available which help with just this kind of problem.


One popular tool for putting on socks uses a plastic ‘channel’. This device comes with two chords attached to one end. The ‘open’ sock fits over the opposite end of the channel to the chord fixings.


Holding a chord in each hand, the user lowers the channel to the floor. The foot then slides into the channel with the opening of the sock at the far end. Holding the chords in either hand, the channel, along with the attached sock, pulls up towards the user. This in turn brings the sock over the foot and up the ankle.


As the sock pulls upwards, the plastic channel of the sock aid naturally runs out of room and disconnects with it. This completes the process.


While these steps are quite difficult to explain on paper, most people get the hang of it with practice. The idea is that one can put on the sock without having to reach one’s feet.

Long-handled shoe-horns are available which assist putting on shoes. Elastic laces might also help. Using these means you don’t have to repeatedly tie and untie your shoes when you put them on or off.


Reaching aids


Another useful living aid for people with reduced flexibility is a reacher. These devices, sometimes known as grabbers or reaching aids, enable the use to reach things which would otherwise be out of their grasp. This can be of great assistance when getting dressed. Reaching down to pull up trousers from ground level is one such practical use.

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review 2018-09-10 03:13
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids - Carol McCloud

This book talks about filling buckets. Although they may not be there physically, you can still fill someones invisible bucket with kind words. I would use this books to talk about kindness and have the students decorate their own bucket so that their classmates can write kind notes or identify good things that are happening around the classroom.

Lexile: AD710L

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review 2018-09-10 02:49
The Rainbow Fish - Marcus Pfister,J. Alison James

The Rainbow Fish is very beautiful and wants to keep all of his scales to himself, but after declining over and over again to share his scales he comes to the realization that his scales should be shared with all his friends so everyone can experience the beauty. This book is a great way to start a discussion about sharing in the classroom and could be used to talk about and identify character traits.

Lexile: AD610L

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review 2018-05-03 04:21
Life in a Hospice: Reflections on Caring for the Dying - Anne Richardson

Three and a half star rating.
Informative, with contributions from people who work or have dealings with these wonderful places. Dealing with all aspects of hospices. Ensuring that no one need fear of either sending a relative or going into one in their final days or weeks.

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review 2017-12-11 17:56
Caring for the Caregiver - Cheri Swalwell

Caring for the Caregiver by Cheri Swalwell Book starts out with dedication page and other works by the author. I've read many of her books and have enjoyed them. Love the straight forward words of encouragement as you go through the bad times. We went through similar situation with my husband who had a heart attack. I'd go with him to the doctors and hand them the blood work results and write everything down in my 3 folders of information. Still go with him just to be sure we are on the right track. Like endings and tips at end of each section. So much of what we went through is described in detail here with solutions and suggestions. Love the parts about taking care of yourself or you'd not be able to take care of them or the children. Love this book the best because it spoke to me of how I take care of my spouse daily and when he's ill. We were just raised to do that and chip in where needed. When I heard the title I thought it would be about taking for an aging adult, glad I was wrong as we go through illnesses together throughout our lives. Scriptures are quoted when they are relevant to the subjects being discussed. Like explanations of the different types of fasting and what is involved. Love bible verses that are quoted at the end to help offer more encouragement. Author bio and contact information is provided.

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