make life easier! Assistive devices

PEG TUBE HOLDER STANDS FOR GRAVITY FED MEALS:

The following are several choices, and designs of stands to hold syringes for gravity bolus feeding.

The cost of these varies from a few dollars, to  just under $350.  They are displayed below in no particular order.

Featured first is a travel model by Sanford.  Although he does not have a website, you can reach Sanford via email to inquire about the travel syringe stand featured in the photos directly below:

A portable syringe stand available from Sanford at flachusnret@comcast

A portable syringe stand available from Sanford at flachusnret@comcast

Close up of the Portable syringe holder available through Sanford W Flach at flachusnret@comcast

Close up of the Portable syringe holder available through Sanford at flachusnret@comcast

Disassembled view of Sanford's travel stand. Available from him at flachusnret@comcast

Disassembled view of Sanford’s travel stand. Available from him at flachusnret@comcast

There is also a version made by him that will allow for plunged, rather than gravity fed meals. Here is a photo  showing the modified plunger (but not in the stand)

 

If you are interested, contact Sanford at flachusnret@comcast, and he can send you photos and a short video of it in use.

 

Jofa’s  offers a flexible arm syringe holder that clamps onto a horizontal surface.  It is the one I ultimately decided to order.  I chose it because  it has the gooseneck, rather than a clamp mounted on a pole.  They now have two different sized clamps available.

http://www.jofas.net/

Me, taking my Jofas clamp for its first test drive. This is the smaller clamp. the syringe is a 140 mL variety

Two size clamps available for the Jofa’s Smaller holds standard and larger size syringes. Larger will hold bottles. I’m using the  larger Jofa’s clamp in the photo below.

Here is a very short video  (8 seconds play time) of the baby bottle  adapter by Tube Feeding Help being used by me, while the bottle is  held in the larger of the clamps available with the Jofa’s flexible arm stand.  This is a pretty thick blend, and the bottle and clamp holding it both work great!   More information on the bottle adapter is further on down this page.

 

The stand by this next company features a gooseneck arm for the syringe holder:

SideKick Solo - Here to Help

http://sidekicksolo.com/

 

Another feeding tube holder, the “Buckwheat” has link below. It is designed to be placed between the knees during meals Proceeds from the sale of every Buckwheat go to covering the overhead costs of running a charity bike ride for ALS research :

Image result for the buckwheat tube holder

http://www.feedingtubeholder.com/

And… yet another style is the Jackson peg tube stand.

n photo of the Jackson Peg Tube

http://www.jacksonpegtubestands.com/

When  I first started using a feeding tube for other than hydration, which was about midway through 2012, most of  my meals were thicker blends, pushed with a plunger.  My only gravity meal  usually was my breakfast coffee blend in the morning, and, of course water throughout the day.  As I gradually transitioned to more and more gravity delivered meals, my interest grew in finding  a third hand to assist with mealtime.

But, before I was ready to commit to investing in any of the devices shown above, I looked for a super  inexpensive way to try out a syringe holder.  I found a cell phone “selfie” gooseneck clip on  device, that has clamps on both ends.  It cost less than $10, but, the arm drifts down as I fill the syringe.  Although it is not strong enough to support the weight,  I do like its portability, and the  flexibility of a gooseneck.  The clamp intended to hold a cellphone ,  holds the syringe  just fine.   And,  the clamp that  attaches to a table (or could be a hard chair seat)  holds reasonably well, depending on what it is clamped onto.  So long as the gooseneck can rest on something (in this case the arm of my chair) it does okay, especially for $9.29.   There are many similar products sold for cell phones, etc, that could work.

Another product I’ve seen reference to, and  is available on Amazon (current price is 18.99 with free Prime shipping) is the Bendy Arm.  I have not tried this, but its definitely an option, especially if you’re on the fence as to whether or not you would use this type of thing.

https://www.amazon.com/Bendy-Armz-Attachment-Stroller-Bottle/dp/B00P6WZ7QY/ref=sr_1_1?s=baby-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1426177178&sr=1-1&keywords=bendy+arms#Ask

DIY option:

I have looked into making my own out of a gooseneck that will hold more weight, and found the Snakeclamp company.  Their products are generally used to hold photography equipment.  Some, but not all of their goosenecks, have a horizontal load capacity of two pounds. I have not done a rough total of costs to see if there is any savings in buying parts, and assembling my own.  If you are a do it yourself kind of person, and want to explore what they offer, here is the link:

http://snakeclamp.com/Category/flexible-metal-gooseneck-hose-arm

Also, I’ve read (somewhere?)  that a good resource for DIY folks are churches, and schools AV departments.  As technology has changed, many have old style  microphone stands just gathering dust in a closet, and may be had for little or no cost.  I have not investigated this.

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OTHER HELPING AIDS BESIDES CLAMPS AND HOLDERS:

Below is more information on the bottle adapter which is used with the Playtex Ventaire.

This adapter works very well.  Its great for car trips (Yes, I’m a spiller) or for any meal  that is 9 ounces or less.  I gravity feed pretty thick blends, and have no problems.

Here is a link to their site.

http://tubefeedinghelp.com/product/adapter-and-bottle/

 

They now have a travel cap available too.

 

There is a short video of this bottle and adapter in use under the section featuring the Jofa’s clamp above.

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The Lopez valve is useful for those who have the long ‘dangler’ type of feeding  tube.  This replaces the   clamp on the tubing itself.  I am posting a photos, and a link to it on Amazon, but I want to clarify that there are different size diameters being sold, with the advent of the ENfit connector system.  If the tubing shown has a purplish cast, then, the diameter is smaller (it is for ENfit) .

These are very affordable, and it is my understanding it makes it easier for those who have the long type tube (I have not used)  BUT, I would caution you to verify which  version it is, before purchasing.

Here is a photo of the original Lopez Valve:

original lopez valve

original lopez valve

Here is the smaller diameter tubing ENfit version:

enfit-lopez-valve-blog

 

You can do an internet search for vendors (it seems like many medical supply stores have them) .  I am adding the link to purchase via Amazon below, but I do not know which version is being sold. The photo shown by Amazon is of the original diameter, but in customer reviews, it seems some have received the new ENfit, even though that is not in the description anywhere.

http://amzn.to/2cn8U5R