Eating & Drinking

Eating Time, Oral Care, Bibs & Accessories

At Fledglings we offer a wide range of products to make mealtimes a little easier.

Adaptive cutlery, crockery and cups can offer a child or adult a range of solutions to help them eat and drink. Many people may experience difficulties with eating and drinking due to a wide range of conditions such as a reduced grip, restricted movement, lack of muscle control or sensory issues. The right equipment and cutlery can make a world of difference and help people achieve more independence at mealtimes.

View our extensive range or contact us for further information or support. If we do not stock the product you are looking for, we are happy to point you in the right direction.

Eating

Fledglings range of adapted cutlery and plates, designed to make feeding easier and encourage independent eating at mealtimes.

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Drinking

Different drinking solutions, cups designed to help improve independent drinking and help those with mobility and sensory issues

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COMMON ISSUES & SOLUTIONS

We know that caring for a disabled child can be very challenging. We can help.

Adaptive cutlery, crockery and cups can offer a child or adult a range of solutions to help them eat and drink. Many people may have trouble with eating and drinking due to a wide range of conditions such as a reduced grip, restricted movement, lack of muscle control or sensory issues.

Everyone is different so it is important to match their personal needs to the right equipment and think about what items would be most useful to them as well as their carer. The right equipment can make eating and drinking easier and allow a person to achieve more independence.

Seeking professional advice from an occupational therapist or speech and language therapist is recommended. They will be able to give advice on techniques to help with eating and drinking as well as suggest possible equipment to help. A speech and language therapist in particular will be able to identify and help if there are problems caused by difficulties with chewing and swallowing food or drink. Your doctor, local health service or hospital will be able refer you to an occupational or speech and language therapist.

DRINKING
Difficulty with drinking may be due to a range of physical conditions, including poor muscle control, reduced grip, sight problems, lack of sensation in the hands and sensory problems. There are a variety of cups designs available, which come in a range of different shapes and sizes. Ridged sides for example can help with grip while clear cups enable the user to check the level of the drink left in the cup - especially useful as some people can find a full cup heavy. Think about what you need in a cup: does it need to be dishwasher proof? Can it be used in the microwave? Does it need to be strong? What shape or size would be best?

  • Two handed cups: Two-handed cups are helpful if a person has a reduced grip, lack of muscle control or poor hand sensation. Two-handed cups allow the cup to be grasped in both hands, giving more control with drinking. It is easier to sip liquids while the weight of the cup is distributed evenly in both hands. Some cups have larger handles, again making the cup easier to grasp. 

  • Cups with spouts or teats: these can help people who have difficulty drinking by controlling the flow of the liquid to the mouth. Especially helpful if a person has weak muscles around the mouth and lips which makes drinking from a cup rim hard. Cups with lids and spouts can also prevent spills as the cup is raised to the mouth as well as controlling the flow of liquid. 

  • Angled cups: These are very helpful if a person cannot raise their head or has a lack of mobility in the neck. The angle of the cup means that it does not have to be tipped so far up in order for the person to drink. These, whether combined with a lid with a spout or used on their own enable the user or their carers to control the flow of liquid to the mouth without the need to raise their head or shoulders. 

  • Flexible cups/cutaway cups: These cups are made of a flexible material, which allows the cup to be squeezed into a spout or shaped to allow the gentle flow of liquid into the mouth. Ideal for a person with limited mobility, they also often have a cutaway back. The cutaway at the back means that the nose is clear of the cup when the cup is raised for drinking. Available in a range of sizes. 

  • Straws: Straws allow people to drink without the need to raise up a cup. Some cups are available with lids that can accommodate a straw while others may have a built in straw integral to the cups design. Again, these can help those with limited mobility or neck control as well as those who have difficulty drinking from the rim of a cup. 

  • Cups with valves: cups with valves are good for people who are drinking from a reclining position. The drink can be sipped from anywhere around the rim of the cup, the flow of liquid controlled by the sip action of the users. The valve also means the cup can be spill proof, making it ideal for nighttime use.
     
  • Brightly coloured cups or cups with bright lids: these can help a person with limited vision focus on and locate their cup.

Fledglings has a good range of cutlery, cups and eating solutions available to purchase. Please see our Brochure or look at our website at www.fledglings.org.uk. Our helpline staff will be happy to help if you have any queries.