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Old 16-06-15, 10:31 AM   #1
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Hi,

Does anyone have any tips for a suitable mug that Mark can use that has been successful? Currently we are using a large camping mug but Mark is finding holding the tea in his mouth difficult and it is falling out. We have had to resort to a waterproof adult bib but this is getting soaked after a few teas. I have tried various cups and even got a beaker but he is finding the change difficult to manage. I have also put the lid back on his camping mug but he keeps missing his mouth.

He is a really good drinker but he is getting stressed at the mess and I am worried this will stop him drinking. I am looking for something large with more of a spout rather than the beaker and a large handle. Someone suggested using a straw but the change is confusing him.

Might just have to let him make a mess!!

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Old 16-06-15, 12:36 PM   #2
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Might just have to let him make a mess!!
Hi Gilly

I'm usually the resident "mug". Over the years we have tried a variety of drinking mugs. S won't use a mug with a lid so we put up with the spillage. We are always on the lookout for suitable stuff though and often find that Pound shops and similar have items that we try out - and are cheap enough to dispose of if not to his taste.

When you say "Mark is finding holding the tea in his mouth difficult and it is falling out" do you mean that he is, maybe, filling his mouth without swallowing or being able to swallow because he has filled his mouth to overflowing point. S used to do this with his food and it brought on choking and vomiting episodes. If you "analyse" your own swallowing procedure it's easy to see why the hd-person has problems - it's all to do with muscles and manoeuvring the liquid\food from A to B to C. I try and suggest to S that he takes sips rather than gulps - to no avail. Hey ho.

If I'm looking for something specific I do a google image search. If the item doesn't appear first time I change a word and look again - something appropriate usually turns up. I also look through the UK disability websites like those below:

www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk/eating%20and%20drinking/cups-and-mugs-3570

www.completecareshop.co.uk/drinking-aids

www.focusondisability.org.uk/cups-mugs.html

www.activemobility.co.uk/cups-mugs-straws-c223_53_160/index.html

www.essentialaids.com/kitchen-aids-feeding-aids/cups-mugs.html

www.welcomemobility.co.uk/Departments/Kitchen/Cups-andamp--Mugs.aspx

Happy hunting!

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Old 16-06-15, 01:24 PM   #3
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Hi Allan,

Thanks very much for this, you are the font of all knowledge!! I think it will be just trial and error and if not, put up with the spillage!! Not great if you are a bit OCD like me!!

You are correct in saying that he is just filling his mouth with too much tea and not swallowing it all. Unfortunately he refuses to turn off the telly so it is worse when he is engrossed in some horror film or other. The actual movement of lifting his cup to his mouth is not too bad. He just doesn't like the idea of his old mug (the bucket!) being replaced so I don't think anything will take it's place!

I will check out the pound shops as well, thats a good idea,

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Old 16-06-15, 08:59 PM   #4
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You are correct in saying that he is just filling his mouth with too much tea and not swallowing it all. Unfortunately he refuses to turn off the telly so it is worse when he is engrossed in some horror film or other. The actual movement of lifting his cup to his mouth is not too bad. He just doesn't like the idea of his old mug (the bucket!) being replaced so I don't think anything will take it's place!
Hi Gilly

I forgot to mention that S currently has two tea\coffee mugs like this one at amazon but his Support Worker picked them up locally at less than half the price. The amazon one is a Japanese import whilst S's are Chinese.

Mixed in with the hd S has Progressive Supranuclear Gaze Palsy and Saccades problems with eye movement [he seems to have to move his head and neck up\down\left\right to get his eyes into the correct position] so that eating and drinking whilst watching TV means that he often misses his mouth because he can't seem to gauge, guess or estimate where the food\drink is in relation to his mouth.

It's a bit like the ice cream cone on the nose scenario - and that's just like the finger-to-nose test that the Neurologist does.

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Old 16-06-15, 09:33 PM   #5
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A good tip for spillages is to use bath mats. I picked up a load from the pound shop and discreetly put them round Marks chair and then some rugs over them to hide them. Any spillages stop at the bath mats so just pop the rugs in the wash, wipe the bath mats and carpet is still dry! You have to be inventive!
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Old 16-06-15, 10:18 PM   #6
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Hi Allan,

Thanks very much for this, you are the font of all knowledge!! I think it will be just trial and error and if not, put up with the spillage!! Not great if you are a bit OCD like me!!

You are correct in saying that he is just filling his mouth with too much tea and not swallowing it all. Unfortunately he refuses to turn off the telly so it is worse when he is engrossed in some horror film or other. The actual movement of lifting his cup to his mouth is not too bad. He just doesn't like the idea of his old mug (the bucket!) being replaced so I don't think anything will take it's place!

I will check out the pound shops as well, thats a good idea,

Thanks
I think Allan has given you lots of info. Just wanted to say that I have the issue with 'THE MUG' God help anyone who uses it. After several attempts to buy a new one, I eventually got one at Xmas that he likes, the old chipped thing just disappeared!
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Old 16-06-15, 11:52 PM   #7
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Like you have been buying loads of cups/mugs/beakers to try and find one M likes. He won't use the disability beaker. Did have a costa coffee travel mug that he quite likes. Purchased a mug with an insert, that stops the liquid flowing so quickly, but expensive at £20 and was a normal cheap mug with the insert in it, hubby is not keen on it. Have just bought some kilner glasses with handles, screw on lids and a straw he really likes these for cold drinks/beer, but Inhave tried them with hot drinks and they get a it too warm.

Another thing we use for hubby's liquid is the thickner you add it depending on how much flow you want the liquid to have. It does not change the taste of the drink, and gives them time to close mouth after drinking and before the liquid runs out.. This is available on prescription and was prescribed by the SALT team for hubby, maybe worth getting a referral, as they can give good advise on eating etc., as if he is struggling with drinks, there is probably the start of an issue with food.
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Old 17-06-15, 06:52 AM   #8
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I've been called a mug a few times...

It's all about finding something that they will use and are happy with. Hubs is very resistant to change, and his OCD/superstitions don't help. He has his footie mugs that he has to use and which are regularly broken. He gets through napkins galore - well sheets of kitchen towelling and always has pockets full of them. There are more and more designs available in everyday shops now at more affordable prices than some of these specialist outlets...just gotta bargain-hunt. At the moment we're taking the mop & bucket approach but I know there will come a time....

Got me thinking though...charity shops - we have a Help The Aged shop that sells furniture and they currently have one of those specialist chairs in. The other week they had a wheelchair in. Such shops are popping up all over...
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Old 18-06-15, 10:08 AM   #9
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Thanks everyone for their help and advice. I have ordered something called a hydrant sports bottle and the idea is to introduce it for cold drinks when he goes out on his walks!!!

At the moment "the bucket" without it's lid is still being used!! I just try and clean up the mess without too much fuss!!! Strange really, but Mark had a massage on Tuesday and on Wednesday everything about him was so much better. Might be a coincidence but I thought it worth mentioning.

Hope everyone is doing okay x
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Old 22-06-15, 09:17 AM   #10
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Hi All,

I have found something which is working (at the moment!) It's called a Hydrant Sports Bottle. Supposed to be used for water but Mark's tea seems okay in it and very little spillages!!!! It holds 500ml too so he is happy that it's the same size as his previous "bucket"

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