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Eating, drinking: all 43 tips and ideas

43 tips and ideas 
Hydration system hanging at the edge of the bed'Camelbak' hydration system
With the 'camelbak' water is always accessible when lying in bed - suitable for persons with compromised arm/hand function
User holds cupAdapted cup
– an easy way for people who have no finger function to drink
User at dining table
Adapted dining table
The table support frame is sawn off to enable wheelchair users to slide their knees under the table.
User with orthosis on handAdapted eating utensils
Orthosis makes independent eating possible for a person with a high spinal cord injury.
User inserts spoon into holder with the help of his mouthAdapted eating utensils
Adapted eating utensils make it possible for a person with a high spinal cord injury to eat without assistance
User holds tea mugAttractive tea mug with double wall glass
Tea mug with insulated double wall glass - suitable for people with impaired grip and loss of sensation
China mug on tray on user’s lap
China mug
Easy-grip mug - suitable for persons with impaired hand function
China mug with thermal insulationChina mug with thermal insulation
Easy-grip mug with rubber ring that insulates – suitable for persons with loss of sensation
The user holds the popsicle stick using the custom-designed holder.Custom-designed holder for popsicle stick
- enable people with impaired hand function to hold a popsicle stick
Night table with attachment on bedCustomized night table
An all-in-one night table with room for many functions that helps a person with a high injury to stay in touch with and have control over the rest of the world even when in bed
Wheelchair table on stand in low positionCustomized wheelchair table
Wheelchair table enables a person with impaired arm and hand function to eat, read and write
User at dining tableDining table
By pulling out a drawer a wheelchair user can sit at a table that she or he otherwise could not slide in under
User drinks water through straw from sinkDrinking water directly from the faucet
A method for persons with high spinal cord injury to drink water
Bottle opener shown from aboveEasy-grip bottle opener
Bottle opener that can be used by persons with impaired hand function
Wheelchair table on stand in high positionEat a sandwich without using hands
Plexiglas table on stand enables persons without active hand function to eat food such as a sandwich.
User holds fork in place with wheelchair gloveEat with fork
Wheelchair glove makes it easier for persons with impaired hand function to hold a fork
User pushes on the salt grinder's button with chinElectric salt grinder
Salt grinder appropriate for persons with impaired hand function.
User holding a bottle with ring finger in the device’s ring (close-up)Hold and transport a bottle
A small specially designed assistive device for persons without active hand function, which makes it possible to take a bottle out of the cooler and to transport it
Bottle holder on wheelchairHolder for water bottle on wheelchair
Thanks to the bottle holder you will always have your water bottle with you - suitable for persons using a wheelchair
Milk container with handleMilk container with large handle
– aids people with impaired hand function
Round pedestal kitchen tableModified kitchen table
A round table with a pedestal leg in the middle can be suitable for wheelchair users
User cuts a piece of cheese with modified knifeModified knife
Modified knife – suitable for persons with impaired hand function
Modified milk container holderModified milk container holder
A strap taped to the milk container holder works well for persons with impaired hand function.
Plastic mug in holder on electric wheelchairMug and mug holder on electric wheelchair
Suitable mug for persons with loss of sensation and compromised arm and/or hand function; the mug is always accessible in a holder on the electric wheelchair
Mug with double glassMug with double glass for insulation
Attractive, lightweight heat-insulated coffee mug - suitable for people with reduced sensation
Plastic mug in insulated holderMug with large handle
Mug, appropriate for persons with impaired hand function and loss of sensation
User controls spoon with joystick; a glass for beverages sits in a holder.My Spoon eating aid
- an electronic aid that enables people without arm and hand function to eat by themselves
NutcrackerNutcracker
A nutcracker makes it easier to open screw tops – suitable for people with impaired hand function
Mug with large handlePlastic mug
Mug with adapted handle – suitable for persons with loss of sensation or impaired hand function
Plastic mug with large handlePlastic mug with large handle
Easy-grip, lightweight mug that can be used by persons with impaired hand function
Night table with book support extended (reading table)Read and snack in bed
Combined reading and snack table integrated in a customized night table, suitable for persons with compromised or no arm and/or hand function
User with steel thermosSmall easy-grip thermos
Thermos with good handle and automatic lid - suitable for persons with impaired hand function
User drinks teaSmall wheelchair table for tea cup
Cup with straw on wheelchair table enables persons with extensive disabilities to drink unassisted
Teapot: user holds handleTeapot with easy-grip handle
Teapot with handle attached at both ends and customized lid suitable for persons with impaired arm and/or hand function.
Two thermal mugs with large plastic handleThermal mug
Thermal mug with large handle suitable for persons with impaired grip and loss of sensation.
User with her thermal mugThermal mug with large handle
Thermal mug with large handle suitable for people with impaired grip and reduced sensation
Warming stone made out of soapstoneWarming stone made out of soapstone
Soapstone is used to keep food warm - practical for slow eaters
User shows a bottle with crocheted coverWater bottle with crocheted cover
....makes the bottle easy to grip and easy to bring along - suitable for people with impaired hand function
User with water bottle attached to wheelchairWater bottle with long straw
Water bottle attached to wheelchair
Water kettle with handle attached at both endsWater kettle with handle attached at both ends
Water kettle with handle attached at both ends and customized lid appropriate for persons with impaired arm and/or hand function.
Wine and shot glass with custom handleWine and shot glass adapted with handle
Beautiful wine and shot glasses appropriate for persons with impaired hand function.
Battery-driven corkscrewWine bottle opener appropriate for persons with impaired grip
This wine bottle opener works for a person with impaired balance and hand function.
Wine bottle opener and foil cutterWine bottle opener with gas cartridge
Easy to use wine bottle opener – suitable for persons with impaired hand function