Manual feeding device experiences of people with a neurodisability

Anne Mandy, Tara Sims, Graham Stew, Dominic Onions

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy
Volume72
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Mar 2018

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.

Keywords

  • Feeding devices
  • independence
  • quality of life

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