Category: Mechanical Feeder

Independent Feeder

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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 can be pivoted horizontally when the trinut is loosened for precise positioning. Also on the post is the mount for the feeding device, which also locks in position with a trinut. The feeder mount consists of a rectangular tube section with an opening at one end and a pusher inside it. The pusher is attached to a lever system with an arm going down to the tray. A sandwich, cookie, or other snack is placed in the rectangular tube section. When the user wants to take a bite, he pushes the lever sideways toward himself and holds it there to raise the pusher and push the food to the top of the tube. When he is finished, he releases the lever and the food slides back down into the tube section and out of the way. Further up the post is another arm supporting a drink container, also adjustable with a trinut. An aluminum fitting can be placed over the plastic cup to hold an ice cream cone. The narrow neck holds the cone and holes around the outside collect and drain drips into the container below. TITLE: Eating Independently. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 26, Number 2, July 2006: p. 14-15. PAGES: 3 (including cover).


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TAD is a charity organisation that has the authority to fundraise. TAD uses volunteers dedicated to the design, construction and provision of aids for people with disabilities. Members of TAD provide a resource pool comprising a range of design, engineering, rehabilitation, computer, therapy and other professional and technical skills. Aids custom-designed by TAD volunteers are described in the TAD Journal.
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