--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device promotes independent self-feeding by spinal cord injured persons. A cylinder is constructed of a rectangular piece of polyform splinting material measuring 13 by 4 cm. A polyform strip is attached to the side of the cylinder to hold the hand in place while eating. Feeding device was originally designed for a person with syringomyelia. Includes illustrations. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Wiener, M M TITLE: Brief or New: Feeding Device for F
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Feeding harness which acts as a pulley, allowing a person with strong elbow extensors but weak flexors to bring a hand to the mouth for self-feeding. Harness made of a thermoplastic form for each shoulder, tubing across the back of the neck, wrist cuffs, and cotton or nylon cord threaded through the tubing to connect the cuffs and allow one arm to pull up the other for feeding. Developed for a patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ( ALS). COMMENTS
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Fork and tray ensemble designed to enable a person with minimal upper extremity function to eat independently. Describes a plywood tray, with suction cups on the bottom to prevent slipping, which holds a scoop dish attached with velcro and a cutout circle for a glass; a fork with an extension allows it to swivel. The fork is fastened to the dish with a chain of rubber bands which acts to keep the fork parallel to the plate when it is in the plate and h
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable an individual with neurological disabilities to eat independently. This chair has an armrest for the user's right arm made from U-shaped PVC half-pipe.The armrest is attached to an outer sleeve that moves up and down a central steel post attached to the chair platform. A cast-iron window weight acts as a counter weight to render the user's arm weightless. A foot pedal connected to a system of pulleys and levers underneath the chair platform raises the user's
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Feeding device manipulated with head motion and operated without electrical or mechanical power to allow self feeding by a person with limited hand function. Self feeding device made for a quadriplegic consisting of a sectioned tray with spoon shaped projections, attached to a table assembly which can be fitted to a wheelchair. The person pushes food into the spoon projections with a headstick and eats as if from a regular spoon. Requires some control
The Eating Apparatus is a mechanical feeder designed to assist individuals with little arm strength or muscle control to feed themselves. This motorized feeding arm consists of a steel track, a forearm support for the right arm, and a 12-volt car window motor. The device is controlled by a remote switch which is operated by the left hand. The feeding aid attaches to a table-like surface with a C-clamp. PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT: This device was designed by John Duffus for an individual with very lit
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Feeding device to allow a person with no arm use to use a spoon or fork with head control. Simple device made with a small wood block 2 3/4 inches square and 1 1/ 4 inches high; a dowel 3 inches long and 1/2 inch in diameter; a nail with a flat head; a stationary-type clothespin; and a 4 or 5 ounce lead fishing sinker to provide weight. Provides instructions and photographs. The clothespin, which swivels on top of the dowel, holds the spoon or fork whi
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Gooseneck holder for spoon to provide resistance against uncontrollable arm movements. A gooseneck with an angle clamp can be purchased. A lock-on accessory with a push button release is attached to the end of the gooseneck and silver brazed to the eating utensil to be used. In the example described a T bar handle was also brazed onto the end of the utensil to provide better support for a person with uncontrolable movement. A commercially available laz
---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To create a prototype of an eye-controlled robotic arm feeding system for individuals with mobility disabilities and/or paralysis. iCRAFT (eye Controlled Robotic Arm Feeding Technology) was developed by students at Northeastern University. iCRAFT allows the user to move its robotic arm by moving his or her eyes. With the iCRAFT system, there is absolutely no physical connection between the device and the user. All the user needs to do is look at one of four larg
The iEat Independent Feeder prototype is intended for people with limited hand control, using a spoon, fork, or knife is a significant challenge. The device was manufactured out of just a few simple 3D printed parts, and is aiming to offer the disabled community a low-cost device to help aid the struggle that people with limited function within their hands often experience while eating with this simple, yet efficiently designed solution.
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable an individual with Guillain Barre Syndrome to eat independently. TITLE: Eating Independently. Made primarily of stainless stee, this unit has a rectangular base frame that fits into an existing tube on the user's wheelchair and supports a standard wooden dinner tray. On the right side of the frame is a vertical post with two 90-degree bends in it that is fixed in position with a trinut, creating a mount for the feeding device and a drink container. The mount
The Neater Eater Manual Version is a mechaincal feeder designed for use by individuals with severe physical disabilities which make self feeding difficult. The unit features adjustable springs that help the user to smoothly guide the spoon down into the plate and up to the mouth. Adjustable stops prevent the spoon from moving past the plate or too close to the user, and stop the spoon at the right height for the user's mouth. The plate is turned by the user. In the Adapted Version, an adjustabl
The Obi is a robotic dinner plate device with a human-like arm that is design to help feed users with impaired movement. The obi includes a rotating serving dish with four compartments for different foods, as well as a robotic-arm fitted with a spoon. The device works by indicating it where to deliver the food by moving its robotic arm. After that, the robot is able to replicate the process, with users able to toggle between the different compartments and tell the arm when to feed. Functions inc
The Oral Motor Therapy Feeder enables solid foods to no longer be a choking hazard for children or those with difficulty chewing or swallowing. Drop the mesh bag into a retainer ring, place the food in the bag, and screw tight. The mesh bag lets children practice their chewing skills without the risk of choking. The feeder is an ideal tool for those wanting to introduce new flavors and textures to the sensory defensive child who would normally just spit them out.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Plate with a spoon-deep depression around the edge, which, when mounted at mouth level allows a person with little or no arm function to feed independently. Describes a plate made of Kydex, about 10 inches in diameter, with a spoon-deep groove around its edge from which a person can take food. The plate is divided into four sections, and can be rotated to allow choice of foods. Provides instructions for fabrication, and criteria for use including oral