Innovative Cup Makes Drinking Easier For People With Tremor, Pain, Weakness and Limited Dexterity
The scientific breakthrough in handSteady® is the Rotatable Handle™, which smoothly rotates 360° thanks to two ball bearings inside a low friction mechanism in the handle. This makes drinking easier in unique ways.
Whilst the Rotatable Handle™ can seem counter intuitive at first, it doesn’t take long before it feels completely natural to use.
Here’s how to use the Rotatable Handle™ in 3 easy steps:
Step 1. Stays Upright
The Rotatable Handle™ frees the cup to stay upright and self-level using gravity. This reduces the chances of spills, frees you to hold the handle in comfortable and stable positions and frees you to use one hand rather than two if you have weak wrists.
As shown in the diagrams, to lift the handSteady® cup - start by tilting the Rotatable Handle™ to make it easy to pick.
Then as you clasp the handle and lift up, hold the handle at any comfortable angle.
You can then bring it to your mouth without needing to bend your wrist, which is ideal if you can’t bend your wrist or if you have wrist pain.
As a bonus, you can also grasp the handle with the back of your hand when it’s on a side table, and bring it to your mouth without needing to twisting your body - which is ideal if you have restricted motion or have limited energy.
Step 2. Tilts Easily
You can easily tilt handSteady® cups to drink with more comfort without needing to bend your wrist, raise your elbow or lift your head back as far.
Here’s how you can tilt the cup by holding the cup near your mouth, then pivoting the cup by....
- using your mouth - either bowing your head or pushing your mouth into the cup, or by placing your mouth on the rim of the cup and lifting the handle.
- using your thumb - either pressing your thumb on the rim or side of the cup with your thumb.
- using your other hand - either clasping the cup and tilting the cup, or pushing the base of the cup outward. This gives you more control as you can take the weight of the cup in the hand holding handle, and control the tilting with your other hand.
You can also fix the cup in place with your thumb and tilt the cup like a normal cup.
However, by being able to tilt the cup easily, means you it’s easier to drink if you are drinking with your chin on your chest and you don’t have to sit up as far when drinking in bed.
The Rotatable Handle™ also makes the cup ideal as a feeder cup, as your helper can hold the cup near the mouth and you or they can control the tilt.
Step 3. Keeps Steady
handSteady® cups are designed to be more steady in a several ways if you have tremor or reduced coordination. This reduces spills, saving time and money, reducing anxiety and increasing control, well-being, confidence, independence, inner peace and dignity.
Here are the main ways you can hold the cup steady:
- hold the handle in stable positions - such as holding the handle at 90° where your forearm can’t twist any further so essentially becomes locked in place
- hold the cup in front of you and let gravity stabilise the cup - despite twisting forearm tremor
- hold the handle at 180° - to lower the centre of gravity for more stability
- hold the cup with two hands - which reduces the effect of tremor in the hand holding the handle on the cup.
- let the cup swing freely - such as when walking or with dyskinesia - and centrifugal force will keep your drink in the cup.
- anchor your elbows - such as placing and keeping your elbows on a table, arm of a chair or by your side for stability throughout the drinking process.