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Mealtime Smock

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DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable individuals with upper extremity disabilities or tremors, arthritis, or grasping, eating, swallowing, or fine motor disabilities to eat without soiling clothing. Included in a chapter entitled "Kitchen & Meal Time," this article provides a pattern, detailed instructions, and illustrations for making a washable apron from an inexpensive vinyl tablecloth (more than one apron can usually be made from a single tablecloth). This alternative to a bib covers the lap and is designed specifically for seated use without ties at the waist. Instructions are also given for enlarging the pattern for a larger person and adapting the apron for someone who will put it on without assistance. MATERIALS: Large piece of newspaper for pattern, one flannel-backed vinyl tablecloth, and 3 inches of half-inch-wide, two-part sew-on Velcro tape (3 inches each of hook and 3 inches of loop). TOOLS: Pencil or pen, scissors, and needle and thread or sewing machine. SKILLS NEEDED: Sewing. TITLE: Mealtime Apron. BOOK: Easy Things to Make to Make Things Easy: Simple Do-It-Yourself Home Modifications for Older People & Others with Physical Limitations. REF: Cambridge, Massachusetts: Brookline Books: p 45-46. PAGES (including cover) 3. 1997.

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