chatykat581 Asked December 2010

Lately I've noticed my mom uses a fork to eat and a fork to cut her meat. What do I do?

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chatykat581 Dec 2010
Thanks for all the ideas...I just didn't want to offend my mom and make her feel like a child by asking her If I could cut her meat. But putting it in such a way as to ask her if it would make it easier for her if I cut her meat sounds appropriate.
I'll try that!
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JulieWI Dec 2010
I agree - offer to help. But if she says no, let it go until the next time. The first time this came up with my mom, I thought she would be offended by the offer. Instead, she seemed relieved.

I actually wish my mom would stop using knives. We have to find a place to put them that she can't get to. She won't / can't cut her meat, but she'll cut up other things that don't even need a sharp knife. My brother even caught her using a steak knife to scoop peanut butter out of a jar - and then licking it off the knife!!
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Well, seriously, if she has Alz and is in an ALF, then it's understood that she needs help in a lot of things. Why not suggest ,"When we go out, it would make it easier if I cut up your meat for you"

I've reached the point with my grandmother where I just automatically reach over and cut up the difficult items. No words required.

That seems like the right move for you if you can get her to cooperate.
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The disease has stages and you should expect to see what likely you have not seen before. Let it be a challenge for you to counter your mother's actions with your creativity to help her with the disease and frankly to lighten "your day" just a bit. Creatively speaking what about providing 2 spoons and eliminating the need to have to use a knife. It might be helpful to others if you document your challenges and your approach to conquer the challenges. You are not alone. There will be change.
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chatykat581 Dec 2010
It's a bit awkward when we go out to dinner and my mom has two forks in her hand. One she's uses to eat and the other she uses as a knife, at the same time.
I guess my question is, should I offer to cut her meat?
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Nothing just yet.

Medically this is not considered serious until it reaches the fork--for-the soup stage.
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