For many people, remaining independent is of the utmost importance as they age, or if they are disabled or injured. The Swedish company Bestic AB has manufactured an innovative feeding device, which is essentially a robotic arm. The device is helpful for people with impaired functioning of the hands and arms due to accidents, neurological diseases or congenital disorders. It can also be of use to those with rheumatoid arthritis and the elderly. The robotic arm allows individuals to eat without assistance from others, is easily accessible and convenient, and gives people greater independence and dignity.
One of a kind in the United States, Bestic’s feeding device has already benefited many people. For example, Chad Biessel, a resident at the Good Samaritan Society’s University Specialty Center in Minneapolis Minnesota, has used the product to great success. In October of this year, he was able to feed himself for the first time in 18 years.