Eating Aids

  • Dart Solo Souffle Cup Lid Solo Cup PL200N

    Dart Solo

    Dart Solo Souffle Cup Lid

    Package Count: 125. Solo Ultra Clear™ portion container lids are as clear as glass which means your customers can clearly see what's inside the soufflé cups they cover. Lids are made of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) which is recyclable some places...

    $3.49
  • Solo Souffle Cup Solo Cup 450-2050

    Solo

    Solo Disposable Souffle Cup White Paper 3.5 oz.

    3.5 ounce Solo® White Souffle Cups can hold condiments, sauces and medications while also making handy measuring tools. Their size and structure make them ideal for healthcare and foodservice environments. Solo® paper containers are resistant to liquid...

    Starting at $2.99
  • Solo Lid Solo Cup PL4N

    Solo

    Solo Lid For Soufflé Portion Cups

    Solo Ultra Clear™ portion container lids are as clear as glass which means your customers can clearly see what's inside the soufflé cups they cover. Lids are made of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) which is recyclable some places.Clear material that...

    Starting at $3.99
  • Solo Souffle Cup Solo Cup 400-2050

    Solo

    Solo Disposable Souffle Cup White Paper 4 oz.

    These 4 ounce Solo® White Souffle Cups can hold condiments, sauces and medications while also making handy measuring tools. Their size and structure make them ideal for healthcare and foodservice environments. Solo® paper containers are resistant to...

    Starting at $5.49
  • Dixie Plate Lagasse DXEWNP9OD

    Dixie

    Dixie Single Use Plate White Paper

    Dixie's iconic paper plate is useful in situations where pottery isn't practical. Because they can be drawn on, they're also great for arts and crafts projects. Let your imagination run wild.Uncoated disposable paper plates are highly used for...

    Starting at $14.99
  • Solo Souffle Cup Solo Cup P100N

    Solo

    Solo Disposable Souffle Cup Translucent Plastic 1 oz.

    Solo soufflé portion containers offer a leak resistant and stackable lids (available for purchase separately) and are translucent.For cold or room temperature food and liquids Translucent 250 soufflé portion cups per sleeve

    Starting at $7.99
  • Trophy Plus Drinking Cup Solo Cup X8-J8002

    Trophy Plus

    Trophy Plus Disposable Drinking Cup Symphony® Print Paper 8 oz.

    Dual temperature insulated cups offer a one-item solution for hot and cold beverages.Abstract design decorates this cup with neutral colors Compact cups nest tightly so more fit in a stack, reducing frequency of dispenser fills Cozy® Touch™ provides...

    Starting at $8.99
  • Solo Drinking Cup Solo Cup 412WN-2050

    Solo

    Solo Disposable Drinking Cup White Paper 12 oz.

    Solo paper hot cups are just what you need for serving hot beverages like coffee, tea or cocoa. The cups are lined with polyethylene which acts as a moisture barrier to keep liquid inside the cup and prevent leaking. Solo paper hot cups feature a smooth...

    Starting at $5.99
  • Bare Eco-Forward Drinking Cup Solo Cup 42R-2050

    Bare Eco-Forward

    Bare Eco-Forward Disposable Drinking Cup White Paper 4.25 oz.

    Cone cups help keep things tidy around the water cooler because users are not as likely to set them down and forget them.Sustainable features include: made with 76% renewable resources; CMA/Cedar Grove compost facility accepted; compostable in a...

    Starting at $4.49
  • Dart Drinking Cup RJ Schinner Co 32TJ32

    Dart

    Dart Disposable Drinking Cup White Styrofoam 32 oz.

    Serve hot and cold beverages using Dart® J Cup® Insulated Foam Cups. They maintain the temperature of the beverage you're drinking. Dart® insulated foam cups are Styrofoam single-construction to resist breaking. They're also lightweight and easy to hold...

    Starting at $4.49
  • Solo Drinking Cup Solo Cup 378SM-J8000

    Solo

    Solo Disposable Drinking Cup Symphony® Print Paper 8 oz.

    Solo paper hot cups are great for serving hot beverages like coffee, tea or cocoa. The cups are lined with polyethylene which acts as a moisture barrier to keep liquid inside the cup and prevent leaking. Solo paper hot cups feature a smooth rolled rim...

    Starting at $4.59

Eating Aids

For those who have had a stroke, people with Parkinson’s disease, those living with arthritis, and many others, the simple act of eating may be difficult. But, there is a wide range of assistive eating devices, from easy-grip utensils to spill-proof cups, that can remove some physical obstacles to eating.

Adaptive Plates and Bowls

Several modifications can make plates easier to use.

  • Sectional plates are deep and divided into compartments by thin walls. This keeps foods separated and gives the diner a firm surface to scoop food against.
  • Plates with raised edges serve the same purpose but without the sections.
  • Scoop plates resemble a cross between a bowl and a plate, with a low, plate-like edge on one side and a tall, bowl-like edge.
  • Scoop bowls, like scoop plates, have one side that is higher and more curved than the other, reducing spills and splashes.
  • Non-slip plates and bowls rest on suction cups that hold them in place on the table.
  • Plate guards are free-standing barriers that can be added to any existing plate to give it a raised edge.
  • Food bumpers are similar to plate guards but clip onto the edge of the plate to keep them more secure.

Specialized Flatware and Cutlery

Silverware with oversized handles is a common type of assistive eating aid, but large handles are not the only style of adaptive flatware. Other opinions include:

  • Weighted silverware can be helpful for people with hand tremors. The weight can reduce tremors, making it easier to keep food on the flatware. Weighted silverware may have significant, easy-to-grip handles or may be indistinguishable from everyday flatware.
  • Oversized handles may be an option for people with a weak grip. In addition, handle adapters — usually made of foam tubing — can be added to existing flatware to increase the size of the handle.
  • Angled silverware can be helpful for people with a limited range of motion. Some brands may be adjustable, allowing you to increase or decrease the angle.
  • Utensil holders strap around the hand and provide support for those who have difficulty grasping without help.

Adaptive Drinkware

Don’t overlook drinkware when considering adaptive devices for eating. The simplest adaptations are glasses with tightly-fitting lids and built-in straws, but there are a few other possibilities, such as:

  • Cups with dual handles are more accessible to grip and control than tumblers or single-handled cups. Lids make spills even less likely.
  • Weighted cups, like weighted silverware, can help reduce tremors for people with Parkinson’s.
  • Regulated drinking cups dispense only small, regulated amounts of liquid, which can be helpful for people with dysphagia (difficulty swallowing).
  • "Nosey” cups have a cutaway section that accommodates your nose, allowing you to drink without tipping your head back. This can help reduce the risk of choking for people with dysphagia.
Although they’re not strictly eating aids, clothing protectors such as adult bibs may also be a good option for people with eating difficulties.

Adaptive flatware, non-slip plates, scoop bowls, and other assistive eating devices can help maintain independence and dignity for people who have difficulty feeding themselves. Visit SimplyMedical today and browse our selection.