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07-04-13, 12:34
Hello there,

I am a 2nd year Product Design student at York St John University. For our 3rd year project and thesis we have been instructed to come up with our own ideas and briefs for our projects.

I have decided to research into and design a product based on kitchen appliances and tableware for those with physical disabilities and the elderly into areas about keeping people hydrated throughout the day.

I write this post today to gain information about what products do motor impaired people and the elderly want to see in terms of keeping hydrated. This may include those looking after someone with these issues and what they would like to see such as a product that would keep that person hydrated or a service or other way of encouraging them to stay hydrated.

If anyone has any information on this topic and could get back to me as soon as possible, I would be very greatful and this would go towards my research into designing a quality, successful product that may improve the lives of a disabled and elderly person in the future.

Thanks again.
Kind regards,

Chris Dove.

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11-04-13, 18:46
Hydrated you make us sound like robot that need oiling, if I need hydrating I have a cup of tea or coffee.

12-04-13, 20:58
Chris, I have a suggestion for you.

Go into your kitchen. Consider the steps involved in getting yourself a cup of tea. You'll have to:-
1. Get the kettle to the tap, fill it, return it to its heat source & plug it in, light a burner or whatever.
2. Fetch a cup.
3. Fetch milk.
4. Fetch tea, sugar, spoon (I'm assuming these are near your kettle). Assemble all together.
5. Pick up kettle full of boiling water, manoeuvre it to fill cup.
6. Put everything down again, return milk to fridge.
7. Move self, carrying cup of hot tea, to table.

You could emulate doing it in a manual wheelchair, by sitting on a dining chair and 'scooting' it around the kitchen. You may only use one hand when moving your chair, as the other will be needed to mobilise the wheel.

See how you get along while leaning on a stick for support.

Find out how to make a cup of tea when you have muscular or neurological issues, by holding everything with your fourth & little fingers (for weakness) and standing on tiptoe one-legged (for poor balance).

I hope this gives you some good ideas :) Simple is best, and safety's paramount!