Cutlery for Less Able Hands

this image shows a collection of funky brightly coloured cutlery.I love to eat with my fingers but sometimes you do just need cutlery!.

Many older people find they develop arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome which makes using standard cutlery more difficult. There are several solutions to this problem allowing them to remain independent longer.

Caring Cutlery

this image shows caring cutlery for disabled hands

Caring Cutlery is a range of cutlery for anyone with less able hands they include easy grip cutlery and large handled cutlery. The different types are suitable for people with different conditions but they are all simple solutions to problems which can have a very detrimental effect on a person’s life.Caring Cutlery enables people with reduced hand grip, hand or arm function to eat more easily.

The caring cutlery range are an attractive range of surgical stainless steel utensils moulded into contoured ivory or black coloured plastic handles with built-up ends.

Angled Cutlery.

this image shows cutlery with angeled handles

Angled Cutlery is idea for someone with limited wrist or arm movement. These items of angled Cutlery have lightweight foam handles making them comfortable to use. If someone you care for has a weak grip, reduced dexterity, arthritis, or some other hand or wrist issue, then you’ll appreciate the difficulties associated with trying to use traditional cutlery.

These angled knives have blades angled at 90° that allow use without moving the wrist with a rocking action, and the fork and spoon are available as right or left handed versions.

Foam Handled Cutlery.

this image shows foam handled cutlery

One of my ladies developed carpal tunnel syndrome and I clearly recall wrapping foam around her cutlery to make it more comfy for her to grip. In those days I didn’t know you could buy special foam-handled cutlery for reduced grips.

Mounted on plastic stems then hygienically sealed into light grey foam handles, this foam handled cutlery set provides help to those with weak grip or arm power. The chunky but lightweight nature of the handles makes them ideal for arthritis sufferers too – with the sculptured closed cell foam with finger contours making them easy to grip.

Available as a full set (tea spoon, spoon, fork and knife) or separately, these items are washable (but not recommended to use in dishwashers).


Elastack Tape.

this image shows elastack tape for enhanced grip

This is amazing stuff.  Elastack Grip Tape simply wraps around existing cutlery making the handle as wide as need be. Elastack material is so soft, it seals out air on contact to form a suction bond. Adherence releases easily and is never sticky, making elastack grip tape™ ideal to prevent sliding and enhance grips. The ultra soft grade is the most adherent, transparent, and softest, but is not intended for use above room temperature.
Medium grade is firmer, translucent, and durable at elevated temp­erature (dishwasher safe to 220°F/104°C). The elastack grip tape is 20mm (4/5″) wide and 3.6m (12′) long.It is latex free too.

Hopefully one of the above solutions to managing to eat independently will help. Please let me know. Another idea is always the Ring Pen Ultra cutlery holder. Please let me know any products you have found in the cutlery line that have been of benefit and I will add them to my list.


Award-winning blogger and former care columnist for Devon Life magazine. I am passionate about helping elderly people and people with dementia live purposeful and independent lives.
Designer of the Dementia Assistance Card and Points Of Light award recipient, Caron hopes to help carers when resources are limited and demand is ever-increasing. I am here to support you.

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