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Providing Neater Solutions for Ataxia, Muscular dystrophy, intentions tremors and many other conditions for over 25 years. Our assistive technology solutions include drinking aids, eating aids and mobile arm supports which gives our customes greater independance, dignity and choice.

Neater Solutions is renowned worldwide for the design, manufacture and supply of the Neater Eater, Neater Arm Support, Neater Drinkers and Neater table; equipment that gives people greater independence, dignity and choice in their lives, when they face difficulties when eating or drinking due to physical or cognitive limitations.

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The Neater Eater was designed over 25 years ago to reduce essential tremor when eating, for people with Ataxia. The viscous damping combined with spring loading absorbs shakes and uncontrolled movements, making it suitable for clients with Athetoid Cerebral Palsy, Huntington’s Chorea, Friedrichs Ataxia, Parkinson’s Disease and intention tremors associated with Multiple Sclerosis. The user holds onto the arm of the eating machine, which acts as an interface to their food with a self-levelling spoon and rotating plate.

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The Neater Eater was originally designed over 25 years ago to absorb the tremors associated with ataxia. The viscous damping combined with spring loading absorbs essential tremor and other uncontrolled movements in the arms. Jon Michaelis, the Managing Director of Neater Solutions Ltd, has published a paper on mechanical methods of controlling ataxia, which is available to view in the downloads section.

As well as smoothing out the tremors associated with ataxia the Neater Eater is very successful in providing a solution to eating for those with essential tremor. The viscous and spring damping interface provides the required resistance to enable a successful eating experience.

We are able to offer a number of possible solutions to clients with muscular dystrophy. Our most popular is our powered mobile arm support which enables users with this condition the independence to carry out a range of activities with their arms. In addition we offer the electronic programmable Neater Eater and the Neater Powered Drinker.

System Design

The system has been developed and designed constantly over the years to cater for clients with weakness, and its modular design has additional components and reduced damping, to make it suitable for users with Arthritis, Stroke, and Muscular Dystrophy.

The assistive technology has been part of a lengthy clinical study and has evidence that shows it will save money when used, provides benefits to independence, health, well-being and is reliable.

If the condition has progressive weakening, such as Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy or Motor Neurone Disease then our electronic programmable system offers a simple to operate switch powered solution, as very little effort is required. The switches can be positioned at the head so it is also suitable for Quadriplegia or spinal injury cases.

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Our powered Neater Mobile Arm Support complements our systems by providing a motorised switch operated unit which lifts the arm up and down allowing the user to carry out many different independent activities, such as eating, drinking, typing, piano playing, hair brushing and scratching the nose. This equipment is designed for users with progressive muscle weakening, such as Duchennes muscular dystrophy. We can now also provide a manual Arm Support, the NAS-ZERO, for those with limited muscle weakening.

The Neater Drinker has a long straw available with a ceramic or thermally insulated metallic cup. This straw has a valve at its end which captures the fluid once reaching the mouth. The user then only has to sip away until empty. The straw's position means the user need not bend down, so posture and a better swallowing action is achieved. Now also available are the Neater Steady Straw and Neater Steady Double straw for flexible positioning and use with favourite cup.

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If the client is unable to suck or position their mouth around a straw then the Powered Neater Drinker, at the press of a switch introduces a measured bolus of fluid in a controlled manner.

Neater Table

Our table was developed to suit the Neater Eaters, and has now evolved to provide a universal solution to table based activities. It is wide enough to fit around an armchair, has space for any wheelchair access and is height adjustable. Fitted with dual locking castors allows it to be easily transported from room to room, and the easy lock and fold system, means it can be stored discreetly away. The table has surface options of a cut away top and angle adjustable to provide the maximum options for usage.