Top Ten Drinking Aids

Weak grip, hand tremors, weakening of the upper extremities, loss of fine and gross motor skills, limited grasp and range of neck, head and arms movement, dysphagia, reduced upper limb strength and other swallowing issues are some of the most common reasons for a person to be unable to drink or eat independently. Eating and drinking require perfect cohesive movements of the hand, arm, and the mouth. Sometimes due to a condition, one cannot fulfill these parameters which in turn results in the spilling or falling of food or drinks.

Things can get complicated if the liquids are hot, which in turn can cause burns or other injuries. Drinking aids are helpful in such situations to increase the independence and comfort a person. They can help in increasing the grip on the cups and reduce the chances of spilling the liquid.

We, at Rehab Store, have listed ten of the best drinking aids available on the market to make your drinking experience comfortable, safe, and easy.

1. Providence Spillproof Independence Two Handle Plastic Mug

A two-handle mug can be a lifesaver for a person with a weak grip. It allows for greater stability and precision while drinking. The spill-proof feature of the Providence Two Handle Mug is an added advantage for the user. It is exceptionally strong and is designed to be picked up and held easily. It is constructed of clear plastic allowing the contents to be seen at all times while the wide base makes it easy to set down without tipping or spilling. It comes with two specialty lids to suit every need.

Features:

  • Spout lid has a contoured spout to fit comfortably in the mouth
  • Anti-splash lid helps to direct the flow of liquid into the mouth
  • Both lids allow the flow of liquid to be regulated and can be used with a straw
  • Unbreakable and holds up to 9oz of liquid
Providence Spillproof Independence Two Handle Plastic Mug
Providence Spillproof Independence Two Handle Plastic Mug
 

2. Maddak Flo-Trol Vacuum Feeding Cup

Drinking from a normal cup or glass while lying down is a good choice only if you’re fond of spilling liquids on yourself every time. The Maddak Vacuum Feeding Cup allows you to drink while lying down, without spilling an ounce. It holds 8 fl. oz. (237ml) and is marked at 4 fl.oz., 6 fl.oz., and 8 fl.oz. The simple push of the button releases a small, controlled amount of liquid. Fluid will not spill from the cup even if it is lying on its side. The hole in the spout measures 1/16" (1.6mm).

Features:

  • Institutional dishwasher safe
  • Completely autoclavable
  • Long lasting and durable
Maddak Flo-Trol Vacuum Feeding Cup
Maddak Flo-Trol Vacuum Feeding Cup
 

3. Insulated Mug With Lid

Whether or not they serve the purpose of a drinking or dining aid, insulated utensils are always a hit. Aided cups with insulation properties can have a double advantage. The Insulated Mug With Lid is a polypropylene mug with an easy-to-grasp handle. This mug is used to hold hot or cold liquids while the lid regulates flow. It is sweat proof, with no condensation. The insulated coffee mug is made from high grade stainless steel. It will never rust, it’s lead free, easy to wash and unbreakable.

Features:

  • Each cup is powder coated for a durable finish, no scratching, peeling or fading
  • Lid is completely BPA free, silica gasket seals to achieve maximum spill proof capability.
  • Wide mouth drinking hole on the top, straw friendly, with splash proof sliding cover
  • Full loop designs fit mitts fully, making it the great outdoor camping mug.

 

Insulated Mug With Lid
Insulated Mug With Lid
 

4. Sammons Reusable Drinking Straws

Straws are one of the simplest and most economical drinking aids. They allow simplified drinking, eliminating the need to bend the head. The Sammons Reusable Drinking Straws are 18" long and come in two varieties: flexible polyethylene, and rigid Plexiglas. The 1/8" and 1/4" diameter, rigid straws can be heated with a heat gun and reshaped as desired. The rigid 1/4" diameter straw is ideal for soups. The flexible polyethylene straw comes with a 3/16" diameter hole.

Features:

  • Long lasting and durable
  • Completely hygienic and safe
  • BPA, Phthalates, and Latex- free

 

Sammons Reusable Drinking Straws
Sammons Reusable Drinking Straws
 

5. Easy Grip Hand in Mug

A cup that literally fits like a glove over your hand! The Easy Grip Hand in Mug is designed for people with arthritis or a weak grip. It is made of high quality polycarbonate that is extremely strong and does not warp. Lid has easy open and close lever and it rotates 360 degree. It comfortably fits over the hand and provides excellent assistance while drinking. It can hold all kinds of liquids and is also strong enough to handle minimal tremors.

Features:

  • Is BPA and Phthalates free
  • Dishwasher safe up to 153°
  • Height: 7-5/8"
  • Comes in assorted colors

 

Easy Grip Hand in Mug
Easy Grip Hand in Mug
 

6. Providence Spillproof Container Kennedy Cup

Kennedy cups are one of the most technologically advanced aids in terms of being spill proof. One of the most popular aids among patients, the Providence Spillproof Kennedy Cup is a lightweight and durable drinking cup that is ideal for people of all ages. The patented design allows the cup to be easily filled with up to seven ounces of warm or cold liquid. This cup is ideal for people who have difficulty in using conventional cups as once the lid is screwed on, the liquid will not spill out even if the cup is turned completely upside down.

Features:

  • Great for use at the table, while travelling or in bed
  • Ergonomic "J" handle
  • Can be used with any style straw
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Holds up to 7oz of liquid
 Providence Spillproof Container Kennedy Cup
 Providence Spillproof Container Kennedy Cup
 

7. Dysphagia Cup

Dysphagia is the problem associated with difficulty in swallowing. There are number of aids available for dysphagia in context to dining, but the dysphagia cup is one of the most efficient and simple devices used to manage drinking. The Dysphagia Cup helps in drinking while tucking the chin toward the chest which gives normal swallowing mechanisms time to work. Its design helps prevent liquids from escaping at the lips and directs the liquid to the center of the mouth. The cup provides sufficient nose clearance to empty the cup without tilting the head back.

Features:

  • Dysphagia Cup is latex free
  • Ideal following a stroke and neurological injuries
  • Institutional dishwasher safe to 180°F
Dysphagia Cup
Dysphagia Cup
 

8. Wide Body Thermo Mug

A large capacity drinking aid the Wide Body Thermo Mug is foam insulated with an unbreakable plastic liner and wide mouth. It has a wide base for added stability. It can hold both hot and cold liquids. With excellent insulation, the Thermo mug is a perfect choice for an outing with family. It prevents accidental spills and the large base provides greater stability than other mugs.

Features:

  • Is microwaveable and dishwasher safe up to 180°F
  • Ergonomic handle
  • Rust and dent-proof
  • Holds 20oz
 Wide Body Thermo Mug
 Wide Body Thermo Mug
 

9. Cup with Built In Straw

A cup with built in straws is a good prospect if you have difficulties in finding a straw every time you need help while drinking. It is also a great choice for children who need assistance while drinking. It is easy to grip and use. It eliminates the need for finding and disposing of straws while keeping fluid securely in the reservoir. This cup is fun and functional for both adults and children. To prevent air ingestion, the straw accesses the liquid at the bottom of cup.

Features:

  • Translucent material
  • Attached straw
  • Prevents air ingestion
  • Convenient grip handle
Cup with Built In Straw
Cup with Built In Straw
 

10. Flexi Cups

Flexi cups are an excellent option for people with a weak grip or with wrist conditions. The cup can be molded with a gentle push or pull. Many times, a hard plastic cup can slip out of our hands while trying to regain grip over them. The flexi cup allows multiple changes without spilling the liquid. It comes with cutouts and can be gently squeezed to change the shape of the cup lip. Liquid is visible through the plastic. The green cup is stiffer and designed to be used independently.

Features:

  • BPA free, latex free
  • Dishwasher safe up to 180 degrees
  • Long lasting and durable

The right drinking aid helps a person become more independent and safe. The right cup or aid for the right situation can help you reduce chances of spills and increase comfort. At Rehab Store, we have a wide range of adaptive aids for drinking that can make your drinking experience simple and safe.

Flexi Cups
Flexi Cups​


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