Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The utensils keeping frail people eating independently (part 3)

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By Jane Elliott
Health reporter, BBC News

the food cools and becomes unappetising.

Gregor Timlin says he believes food should be a pleasure
"Gregor has taken into consideration these challenges and come up with designs that do not look out of place in a normal dining room.

"They look stylish while being practical. He has thought about simple but important issues, such as how the plate looks, right through to the issue of how long it may take someone to eat and how the food can be kept warm for longer.

"He has also ensured that the design of each utensil allows the resident to retain their independence for as long as possible. This ultimately allows the dignity of the resident to be maintained."

Rebecca Wood, chief executive of the Alzheimer's Research Trust, said there was certainly a gap in the market and that Mr Timlin's work could even keep people independent longer.

"This initiative could be of great benefit to people with dementia living in care homes, helping them to maintain eating skills for longer and enjoy their food more," she said.
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