Neurological bilateral upper limb weakness can result in self-feeding difficulties and reliance on carers. Mealtimes become time consuming and frustrating. This exploratory inquiry examined the experiences, of users of a feeding device. Method: Semi-structured interviews were conducted either by telephone or administered via email to explore quality of life, changes to independence, benefits/limitations, and psychological impact of the equipment. Findings: Thematic analysis gave rise to five themes: Independence, emotions, impact on life, motivation and limitations. Conclusion: This exploratory inquiry has contributed new qualitative evidence to the knowledge and understanding of users' experiences of a manual feeding device. Users report that the need for assistance/support is reduced and their quality of life, independence and freedom improved. Time and resources savings for the family, carers and staff appear to result in a more equal relationship between user and carer.
Bibliographical note© 2016 American Occupational Therapy Association . This is an author-produced version of a paper accepted for publication in American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
- Feeding devices
- quality of life