Case study - how equipment helped Janice


Fiercely independent, Janice was determined to carry on eating independently despite her arthritis.

Janice's challenge:

Janice is 76 and lives alone in her house. Her daughter and son visit her regularly and she enjoys an active social life. She has rheumatoid arthritis which affects her hands, and she finds it difficult to grip and hold many objects. Janice is finding she is beginning to drop her knife and fork and also has trouble holding her knife to cut food. She has spilled drinks on a few recent occasions and is concerned she may spill a hot drink and burn herself.

Possible solutions

Janice and her daughter found her local Independent Living Centre through DLF's listing of equipment demonstration centres and visited one near her to try out equipment. The Trusted Assessor at the Centre showed Janice the following items:

  1. Cutlery with large handles, to help Janice grip the handle of her cutlery more easily,
  2. A rocker knife to help reduce the amount of effort required to cut food,
  3. A mug with large handle and lid to help improve Janice's grip on the cup and reduce the risk of spillage,
  4. A carrying tray, to make carrying items to and from the table easier and safer.

The outcome

Janice identified some equipment at the centre, but found some of the options on offer a bit clumsy. On her return home she went on to this site to explore all the options more fully. She found some equipment that met her requirements, that were a bit more elegantly designed. Having gone through to the suppliers to buy the cutlery online, she came back to Living Made Easy to see what other items might be useful.

Last month she bumped into her Occupational Therapist on the High Street and mentioned how useful the site was. Janice recommended that she tell all her clients to use Living Made Easy to browse for equipment.

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