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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide custom adaptation of cutlery for an individual with Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy. Two pieces of 16-gauge steel sheet were cut and wrapped into a U-shaped holder that fits around the individual’s hands. A stainless steel knife and fork were then TIG-welded to the U-shape holder. The steel holders have a natural spring so the individual can bend them back very slightly to insert his hand. Once the holders are on his hands, the user does not need to grip them as they stay in place unaided because of the spring. The original configuration had the fork welded to the holder facing upwards and could be used more like a spoon; however, this configuration did not work well for the individual, so the placement was reversed to be used like a standard fork. The knife works for buttering bread, adding spreads and so on. Because of this individual’s specific disabilities he is not able to clean up easily, therefore, he eats pre-prepared meals. Several pieces of non-slip mat were provided so that one could be used under the tray, then another one on top of the tray, and then the heated meal on top of that. The non-slip mats keep the plate stable while food is cut. TITLE: Dining comfortably. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 29, Number 1, March 2009: p. 10 PAGES: 2. (including cover).
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