Our client has difficulty with normal cutlery and wanted some which were as light as possible and with thin handles. She wanted the fork ans spoon to be angled. She had tried various commercially available products but , although some were light, these had very large handles.
The client suffers from severe allergies to almost everything. The lady is sensitive to the chemicals used in glue.
Elderly lady who lives alone, has to have line feed overnight, but can’t open the packs herself.
How to enable a child with Nemaline Myopathy to use his arms so that he can use a tablet, play with toys etc.
The Occupational Therapist contacted us saying: “Somebody from Remap previously made a fantastic stand to attach this child’s overnight tube feed to his profiling bed. This attached into the existing socket on the bed-frame at the head end of the bed (please see photo). Unfortunately he has started pulling on the tubes when it is […]
Philippa is unable to tolerate pressure in the palms of her hands, making it difficult to hold or grip cutlery. Off-the-shelf equipment does not offer a suitable solution. The OT had made a cutlery holder that fits around the back of the hand, using thermoplastic splinting material, and the client’s special melamine-handled fork and spoon […]
The lady had suffered from sepsis and, as a consequence, had lost both hands and both feet. The NHS were able to provide a wheelchair and later prosthetic legs but had little to offer in the short term to provide hand functions. We were able to provide basic implements to enable her to feed herself, brush her hair, and to write birthday cards and sign cheques.
Following a serious accident, the client is unable to raise his hands to his face and accordingly is unable to feed himself using conventional cutlery. A long-handled fork was made for him which has proved successful, but he would like the additional flexibility offered by a spoon. A long-handled spoon is not viable so a means of raising a spoon from the plate to the mouth was needed which maintained the spoon in a horizontal position throughout. Enter the ‘Spork-lift’!
The client only has use of his left hand and feeding himself was difficult. His right hand would spasm and knock any tray or plate away from him. He also wished to move the plate away from him when he had finished his meal. A wooden table was constructed with a sliding top released by […]
Garry, who has muscular dystrophy, required a shelf near his microwave as he had difficulty carrying hot dishes from the microwave to his table. Part of the problem was resolved by changing the position of his microwave. A shelf was made to sit the microwave on with a sliding shelf beneath allowing Garry to sit […]
This lady has little strength in her hands and wrists and was unable to remove containerised meals from a microwave oven and transfer food to a bowl. A device was produced which holds the container when slid out of the oven and tilts it so that the contents can be scraped into a bowl. The […]
Client has arthrogryposis which limits his upper limb and hand functions making eating from a plate at table level very difficult. A wooden tower was made to support the food plate nearer to mouth level. A mechanical lever mechanism enables the spoon or fork to be manipulated normally at plate and mouth level from a […]
The client was unable to grip cutlery normally, so help was requested. The solution was to add loops to two sets of cutlery through which, with help, he could slide his fingers. The loops were made from copper tube, and silver soldered to the cutlery. The cutlery was then plastic coated to provide a pleasing […]
A wheelchair using client with multiple sclerosis has poor grip and shaking hands and was unable to feed self unless plates and bowls were positioned at functional height and stabilised to avoid spillage. MDF was used to make a tray to fit over the existing wheelchair tray with blocks and clips to secure. The tray […]
Hazel, who has motor neurone disease, could not lift her arms far and had very little grip. Consequently she had to be fed by her husband. She wanted to be more independent for both eating and drinking. A machine was made which used a pair of pivoted arms to lift a carriage holding a spoon […]
A young student with motor difficulties needed help to hold his plate at school mealtimes. An Anglepoise lamp was modified to hold his plate, with a simple locking mechanism to fix its position. The student is now able to feed himself at school from the securely supported plate.