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ERIC Number: EJ1129195
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-6295
Experiences of Using Bestic, an Eating Aid for People with Intellectual Disabilities
Dag, Munir; Svanelöv, Eric; Gustafsson, Christine
Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, v21 n1 p87-98 Mar 2017
This article reports on the results of a pilot study exploring whether and how the meal situations of persons with intellectual disabilities (PWIDs) in need of help and support during meal situations were affected by an eating aid. This article also analyzes how PWIDs and their assistants perceived their experiences of using an eating aid during meal situations. Data for the study were collected in interviews with PWIDs and their assistants. The results are presented in five themes: independence in the meal situation, motivation to use the eating aid, functions of the eating aid, social aspects of using the eating aid, and design corresponding to intellectual disability. The eating aid's function, user-friendliness, and the assistants' attitudes appear to be crucial for using the eating aid. Another important aspect is the introductory and training phase, which must be fundamentally adapted to suit the PWIDs ability to learn and understand. When these aspects are controlled, the eating aid can be a tool for increased independence during meal situations for PWIDs who are unable to move their arms or hands.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden
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