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    Cutlery advice

    Hello, my husband is struggling to use a knife and fork, is there any type of cutlery that anyone can recommend that may help? He also has awful coughing when eating.
    Carer for my husband who was diagnosed with ALS on 15.12.21.
    Trying to think of only today and tomorrow
    Alison ♥

    #2
    Hi, we bought angled cutlery for my mum. The fork and spoon were really great as at an angle they made eating much easier. We also bought cutlery with large grips which make them easier to handle (made out of lightweight foam). Best wishes, Deborah

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      #3
      Screenshot_20220116-053944_Chrome.jpg Hi Doggymama I use homecraft kings cutlery. Its a mushroom know type handle with the knife attachment. It seriously helps me as you rock the knife rather than slice. Shop around on ebay etc. I've tried to put pictures on for you. ​ ​​​​​​​
      Diagnosed May 2021 bulbar onset als.

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        #4
        Thank you so much for your replies. They’re really helpful xx
        Carer for my husband who was diagnosed with ALS on 15.12.21.
        Trying to think of only today and tomorrow
        Alison ♥

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          #5
          Buy cheap as limited use.
          Bulbar started Jan 2020. Mute and 100% tube fed but mobile and undefeated. Stay Strong 🤗😘🤗😁xx

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            #6
            I have one working hand so tend to use a normal knife in that hand, but then struggle to "stab" food with a normal fork. I was given one with a wider foam grip, which works OK with soft food (eg omlette) but anything firmer I am struggling to stab and hold in place.

            I often resort to picking up food in my working hand... and asking for help (which I hate) also interested to see how others manage xx
            Diagnosis confirmed Jan 2022 (age 46) after several years ignored/ misdiagnosed.

            Symptoms began in left foot 2017. Now mainly left side, speech and some loss on right side too.

            Unable to walk unaided (powerchair user), poor speech, left hand behaves like a drunk toddler but generally positive and determined.

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              #7
              Doggymama https://www.essentialaids.com/kitche...-utensils.html I use these
              Diagnosed 18th May 2021 with sporadic ALS. Limb onset. Terrified of not being able to breathe easily.

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                #8
                'Neater Eater' is a robotic arm feeder, whilst it's not appealing to everybody, it serves a useful purpose. Several forum members have the machines, arranged through their OT.

                Video:

                ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Spinal (hand) Onset.
                Eye gaze user - No functional limbs - No speech - Feeding tube - Overnight NIV.

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                  #9
                  My OT sent me some rolls of foam that fit over knife & fork handles. I find it's easier to eat with a dessert spoon and fork. Using a knife is just doable (cutting a sandwich for instance) but sometimes makes my index finger curl up 😏🙄
                  Initial diagnosis 7-4-2021 'suspected MND' confirmed by 2nd opinion 4th June 2021 ALS. Began with R foot limp and lots of falls. NIV overnight. Generally weak. Mostly terrified.​​​​​​

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                    #10
                    Thank you all for the advice. It’s very much appreciated xx
                    Carer for my husband who was diagnosed with ALS on 15.12.21.
                    Trying to think of only today and tomorrow
                    Alison ♥

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                      #11
                      My hubby cuts my food up for me and then I can use the spoon to feed myself x

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                        #12
                        Complete Care shop online has a range of such things. My OT usually has things for me to try before buying.
                        Diagnosed July 2020, ALS bulbar onset. PEG and ventilator (mainly at night), and pretty poor speech, but legs still about functioning!

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