Nutrition and food consumption in older adults decreases due to ageing, physical mobility and chronic illnesses. Around 44% of older patients are hospitalised long- term due to their health complications; consequently affecting their quality of life. Physical barriers around the patient’s hospital bed deter access to the bedside table, causing increased dependence on nurses.
The proposed height-adjustable and cost-effective solution enables patients to eat independently at mealtimes. The bed meal table can be intuitively fitted onto the cot sides and allow immediate use, providing patients with greater access and control over their comfort. They can maintain a level of dignity and self-confidence during their hospital stay. The solution intends to have a profound impact on patients’ independence and improve their food intake. This modular and inclusive design is safe to use, easy to clean and convenient to store.
A collaborative project with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
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