Liftware helping community members regain independence

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on October 02, 2019 # Health, Assistive Technology

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation has recently partnered with Verily, creator of Liftware Level spoon. The Liftware spoon allows individuals with limited hand function to eat independently with flatware attachments. A few ambassadors of the Reeve Foundation have tested and expressed their excitement, gratitude, and hopes for Liftware’s incredible technology.

“As a C-5 quadriplegic, I don’t have any hand function, no finger dexterity, and very little wrist control. That makes it very hard for me to feed myself. Not only is it hard for me to pick the food up but it’s even harder for me to bring it to my mouth. If I am able to bring it to my mouth, the likelihood of the food balancing on the utensil is very low. This is where the amazing technology like Liftware Level has come in handy. Since the spoon can level itself out, it makes it much easier to bring the food to my mouth because I don’t have to worry about me dropping it. I don’t have the ability to turn my wrist over to scoop things very well but I have been able to use the spoon attachment with some success. I can’t wait to use the fork at some point. I think that a fork attachment will be great for me because I am able to stab down into the food and the Level could then balance it out for me. I think the overall idea is great and will greatly help improve my independence.”- Mike Nichols

The life-altering technology from Verily impacts people in various ways. Not only does the device improve every day eating of people with limited hand function, but it also gives a feeling of confidence as they go about their daily routine. This was one of the major factors expressed by another Reeve Foundation ambassador, Chad Hanson.

“I have been using the Liftware Level for approximately 2 weeks and love how it helps me to gain independence and confidence at meals. I am a C5 quadriplegic and am able to lift my right arm for eating, but I need to use a cuff on my wrist splint to hold utensils since my fingers and wrist are immobile. This makes it relatively easy to scoop up food, but I have always had the problem of keeping the food from falling off the spoon as I bring it to my mouth. I have tried bending the spoon or fork, which does help somewhat, but even with that, the spoon does not stay level all the way to my mouth. This can be quite embarrassing, especially in public when we go out to restaurants, or when I am at meetings for work with other professionals. Sometimes I intentionally just avoid eating in those situations, so I don’t have to worry about the problem of making a mess when eating. I tried out the Liftware Level with spoon attachment and it really is crazy how it improves the situation and how it keeps the spoon leveled no matter which way I lift or rotate my arm. My hand also does shake slightly as I lift it and the Liftware Level somehow manages to cancel that out and keep the spoon steady no matter what motion my arm makes. Overall, I can see that the Liftware Level has the potential to change the lives for many people living in a similar situation to mine and help them to gain independence and confidence when eating. I am grateful that, through Verily, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation provided me the Liftware Level to test out and I now look forward to receiving the fork attachment to give that a try as well.” – Chad Hanson

The impact Verily’s technology has had for the community has been a game-changer for people with limited hand functions. For more information on Liftware’s products please visit their website.

This post is purely educational for our community readers. The Reeve Foundation does not endorse this product.

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