|More with Less: AIDS for Disabled Persons in Daily Life (TOOL, 1993, 93 pages)|
Scooping up food with a spoon or fork can be made easier for one-handed people or people with a coordination problem by using an upright partial ring on the plate. The ring is made of a curved aluminium or plastic strip of 4 centimetres high. Punch three holes into it and fasten three clips onto the strip. Strap the ring on the plate by connecting the clips with rubber bands. (This will also keep the plate from sliding away.)
If someone has difficulties holding a cup, a large handle which fits the entire hand may be attached to the cup. Use metal or pliable plastic. One can also make two handles, for people with coordination problems.
For people having trouble holding eating devices or bringing a spoon or fork to the mouth, adaptations are helpful. Spoons, forks and knives can be thickened by using wood, rubber or bamboo to ease the grip. One can also make a utensil holder for slipping one's hand through. This holder can be made from a strip of flexible leather or a piece of rubber band onto which a tunnel of elastic band has been sewn. A fork or spoon can also be bent in another position to ease the grip.
This tray is useful for people who can only use one hand or who have tremor or coordination problems. It can be made from a plastic or metal tray. It may not look stable, but spilling is reduced to a minimum. Check the balance very carefully.