As the caregiver for her grandmother with Alzheimer's disease, Sha Yao felt frustrated watching her gradually lose the ability to take care of herself. And every meal was a constant reminder: Not only were spilled food or drinks commonplace, but the confusion over how to use utensils often led to her grandmother eating less than she should.
Wanting to do more, Yao set out to find a way to make breakfast, lunch, and dinner easier. Enter: Eatwell, a 20-piece tableware line designed to help people with motor or cognitive disabilities. "I came up with the idea to work on improving her eating experience first, since eating is such an essential part of daily living," Yao toldBuzzfeed News. Not to mention, the set also helps alleviate some of the burden for caregivers.
Starting with the bright colors, every item was designed to prevent accidents and help patients eat as much as possible. According to a Boston University study, certain colors help people with dementia reduce visual impairment and consume more. So Yao made the exteriors and utensils red and yellow to help stimulate appetites and made the inner color blue to prevent confusion (since most foods don't come in that color).
The bowl features a slanted bottom to make gathering and scooping food easier.
And the anti-slippage material used on the base of the cup and handle of the mug helps to prevent spills.
Take a closer look at Yao's innovative design for yourself: