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Monday, February 28, 2011

Eating Robot improves Quality of Life

Support for eating at elderly care homes is a very resource-heavy task that requires a helper spend between 20-30 minutes at least three times a day to feed a single citizen. The need of assistance for dining might be 1-1,5 hours per day and elderly, according to a Danish study with three municipalities.
The Danish Institute of Assistive Technology has recently started a project to demonstrate that eating robots can increase the quality of life for elderly, when able to eat independently at their own pace. At the same time caregivers can save time and use it to support other individual needs. The annual support for eating in Denmark is estimated to about 50 to 100 full-time care workers.
Robotic Help for Self Help
A smart solution to support eating comes from Sweden. The new robotic eating device Bestic was developed for persons with reduced or no capability in their arms or hands. Check out the video below.

 Individuals who are mobility impaired in their arms or hands can feel the freedom of eating on their own with the eating robot. The Bestic user can decide himself or herself which pieces of food to take, and when they should be lifted to the mouth. Bestic is made to suit dining environments with its discreet design, low sound level and soft movements. Bestic can be adapted to most individuals since every user can select the button or joystick which feels most comfortable for them. Bestic has the CE-mark and meets all European standards and regulations. It is registered at the Swedish Medical Products Agency. This makes it possible to purchase Bestic within EU.

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