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By Jane Elliott
Health reporter, BBC News

Designer Gregor Timlin's maternal grandmother was the backbone of her family.

For her, cooking was a pleasure and a joy and she kept her independence as long as possible.

But sadly this is not the case for some of the UK's elderly and frail.

About 700,000 people in the UK have dementia, and more than a third of these live in care homes.

Crockery, tableware and even the tables themselves are in most cases not designed for the less able.

Visiting relatives over the years, Mr Timlin saw staff were often having to "infantilise" residents, feeding and mopping up after them.

So he came up with a range of plates, tablecloths, lighting and tables, which should be available from November, designed to make independent eating possible.......more tomorrow

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