Eating and drinking
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