If you treat patients with movement disorders, Liftware may be able to help. Liftware is designed to help people with hand tremor eat more easily; typically, the tremor is caused by a medical condition such as Essential Tremor or Parkinson’s Disease.
What is Liftware?
Liftware is a stabilizing handle and a selection of attachments that include a soup spoon, everyday spoon, and fork. We are currently developing even more attachments to help patients with their Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).
Is Liftware right for my patient?
Liftware works most effectively for people with mild to moderate hand tremor. The tremor causes people regularly to spill food while eating, or leads people to bring their heads at least halfway towards their utensil to meet food.
Note that Liftware provides limited benefit to:
- People with intermittent tremor.
- People with severe tremor, large-amplitude tremor (above 12Hz) or dystonia.
- People whose hand tremor does not interfere with eating, or who spill only rarely when using utensils to bring food to their mouth (typically tremors below 4 Hz).
The amount of benefit will also vary depending on factors that affect the intensity of a person’s tremor at any given moment (such as medications, sleep, stress, and exercise).
How effective is Liftware?
Liftware has been shown to be effective in an eleven-patient clinical study. During the study, eleven subjects with essential tremor performed three tasks — holding, eating, and transferring objects. When the technology used in Liftware was turned on, tremor amplitude was reduced by an average of 72% in the holding task, 76% in the eating task, and 71% in the transferring task. These statistically significant results mean that Liftware is likely to make eating easier for people with hand tremor. The study was peer reviewed and published here: A noninvasive handheld assistive device to accommodate essential tremor: A pilot study, Pathak, et al. Movement Disorders, vol 29:6 (May 2014).
We also published and presented these findings at the 2013 American Academy of Neurology conference, and were honored to be featured speakers at the meeting.
“I believe that the [...] device can benefit many of my patients. For those who choose to use it, the system represents a non-invasive method to improve greatly patient’s lives and increase overall independence.”
Try out Liftware
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