Melon held in belly vice
The client had a major stroke and lost use of her left hand but still lives independently and wished to be able to prepare fruit and vegetables, specifically melon. A number of commercial aids are available, but none would hold a melon!
A worktop-mounted belly vice was made that would hold a variety of items: round ones like jars and fruit, and cylindrical ones like carrots. The base was made using a shop-bought chopping board, cut down, so that an existing food grade surface was used for the chopping section. A strip of wood on the underside of the base hooks on the worktop edge (like a carpenter’s hook) to hold it steady when the jaw is closed by pressing with the stomach. A handle allows it to be easily lifted in and out of position.
The client can now prepare her food from scratch.