Category: Eating Disabilities

Dining 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 dining smock from a used shirt or blouse one size larger than the wearer’s usual size. The shirt is buttoned closed in the front and cut open down the back. Velcro is attached to create closures in the back. The shirt cuffs can be left buttoned by adding elastic extenders. If desired, a cloth napkin can be sewn to the front at lap level to hide the shirt tails and provide protection for the lap area. This smock can be treated with Scotchguard to protect against stains. MATERIALS: Button-down shirt or blouse, 5/8-inch-wide two-part sew-on Velcro tape (4 inches each of hook and of loop), large cloth napkin (optional), and Scotchguard (optional). TOOLS: Scissors and needle and thread or sewing machine. SKILLS NEEDED: Sewing. TITLE: Dining Smock. 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 47-48. PAGES (including cover) 3. 1997.


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