Disabilities that we address on this site, including the inability to sit, the inability to bend, and the need to keyboard in bed
Automobile safety for the horizontal passenger
Computer setups for the horizontal:
Leg & Back Rests
Building Arm Slings
Tch Typist Armrest H&P Typist Armrest
Building Stilt Keybd
Building Kbd Holder
Build Laptop Holder
Build Laptop Cover
Build Paper Holder
Make Back Support
Computing on Back
Building Foam Desk
Build a Book Holder
Recliner with Desk
Computer setups for the back-lying
Computer setups for the reclining
Sleeping and reading
accessories for the
Reading and writing
stand for the standing
Music keyboard raiser
Tray holder and standing assistance acces- sory
Raised work trays for kitchen or workroom
Raised workbench for garage
Raised massage table
Raised sinks, faucets, and towel racks
Mattresses for TV watching and eating
Using a reacher device for dressing, picking things up, and grabbing things that are too high or low to reach without bending or straining
Toilet seat riser
Living Room Floor-Level Back-Lying Remote Holder
Living Room Back-Lying Remote Holder
Two High-Leverage Shower Knobs
Raised Shower Head
Remodeled Counter and Sink Faucet and Faucet Knobs in Bathroom and Kitchen
Left-Click Microswitch and Switch-Adapted Mouse
Xkeys for Easier Drag and Copy and Paste Functions
Bathtub Saddle Remodel for Safety
Do-It-Yourself Accessibility Wrench for Pool Filters and Valves
Accessibility Pool Steps with Reduced Riser Height
Hot Tub with Safety Rail and Safety Pole
This relates to those people who must eat (and watch TV, usually) lying on their backs. I found that balancing a tapered back pillow on my stomach with a bath towel on it and bowls or plates of food on that was not the best idea for a person like me with hyperesthesia—it aggravated my condition and wasn't that stable. But a few pieces of Styrofoam fixed that.
I started with a 24-inch by 12-inch by 2-inch piece which spans my body with about 5 inches to spare. I then cut 2 legs 12 inches by 2 inches by 7.5 inches and glued them under the top with a liberal amount of Tacky Glue and let this dry for a day. The legs ended up needing trimming so they sat at a slant with respect to the mattress. I trimmed them using an electric kitchen knife so that each measured 7.5 inches at one bottom corner and 6 inches at the other.
This slant business happened because the mattress I use to eat on is propped up at a slant, and the legs were therefore slanted to balance out the mattress slant—thereby making the top of the food holder parallel to the floor and keeping much soup off my chest.
My mattress has underlying it 1-foot by 2-foot by 2-inch pieces of soft foam stairstepped upward from the foot of the mattress to the head. Also under the mattress is a tapered foam wedge.
Styrofoam sheds. I didn't want little Styrofoam particles all over the living room for the next century, so I put a few glue spots here and there and wrapped the whole thing with kitchen plastic wrap. There were a few bare spots and I just smeared some Tacky on them and let the whole thing dry for a day. You can't seal Styrofoam with paint or other sealers very well, but Tacky works fine.
I use this food holder with the tray holder (see Tray Holder and Standing Assistance Accessory), but it works fine without it too. My wife puts a tray of food on a tray holder next to the mattress and I do the rest, until it's time to remove the tray.
Once the food tray is next to me, I reach behind my head—without looking—for the food holder which is resting on a chair (along with a bath towel for my chest in case I slobber) and I put the food holder over my tummy. Then I take items from the tray and put them on the food holder and eat.
I mostly use a soup spoon, as a fork assures slobbers since rice and peas and spaghetti and the like are not known for their cooperation. Items that need to be cut up I cut in the kitchen. But a fork is still needed for items like string beans and salad.
After eating, I easily put the food holder behind my head on the chair where it lives.