About the project:
Independent Feeder- Challenge #22 Bay Area 2015
For a person with limited hand control, holding and using a spoon, fork or knife to eat is a significant challenge. Typically, a person with limited hand control must rely upon a family member or personal assistant to feed them. Imagine the logistics and costs associated with every meal, every spoonful, every bite—now imagine the independence and freedom most people take for granted throughout each day and every meal. For many people with limited hand control, a feeding device that allows one to independently access and manipulate a spoon or fork is truly a quality of life consideration. The good news is that there are a number of feeding devices commercially available; the not-so-good news is that these devices typically cost thousands of dollars and often promise more than they deliver. It looks good in the catalog but soon winds up forgotten on a shelf (see photo). I have limited assistance during mealtime and must often eat like an animal once a plate of food is placed in front of me. I doubt I need to describe how that makes me feel. I would like to design an affordable and functional feeder and believe that such a device could truly make a significant difference in the lives of many people who share a similar need.