Mealtime Partners, Inc.


Specializing in Assistive Dining and Drinking Equipment

 

MtP Part No. 6559

Hydration Backpack with Drinking Tube Positioning

$149.95

The hydration backpack with drinking tube positioning was adapted by Mealtime Partners to make a larger volume of water (larger than a cup provides) available to individuals in wheelchairs, who are unable to access the drinking tube of a standard hydration backpack. To facilitate access to the drinking tube and valve for those who have limited range of head movement, the drinking tube is contained within a flexible conduit, or, as we refer to it, a flex-tube. The flex-tube is clamped to one of the handles or to the frame of a wheelchair. (The manual wheelchair clamp is included with this drinking system. However, another version of this Drinking System is available that is designed for wheelchairs with Slide-Track rails.) The flex-tube can be shaped so that the drinking tube is positioned to meet the needs and desires of the user. Once the flex-tube is shaped, it will hold it's positioned until it is adjusted. The drinking tube and bite valve are held in a position such that the user can easily place their mouth on the bite valve. (The bite valve restricts the liquid from flowing until pressure is applied to it by the user's lips or teeth.)

The hydration backpack with drinking tube positioning is suitable for individuals who have limited head movement and who have adequate oral control to bite and suck. It holds 70 oz. of liquid to provide long periods of access to hydration without refilling.

Hydration Backpack with Drinking Tube PositioningHydration Backpack with Drinking Tube Positioning
 

As shown above-left and below, the flex-tube, which contains the drinking tube, attaches to the wheelchair handle or other tubular structures on the chair.

Hydration Backpack with Drinking Tube Positioning 

 

The Hydration Backpack Drinking System with Drinking Tube Positioning is suitable for individuals who have limited head movement and adequate oral control to bite and suck, and those who lack the arm/hand strength or coordination to hold and lift a drink in the usual manner.

For individuals with these limitations, this drinking system can allow them total independence from a caregiver for a drink for long periods of time. Thus, the user is freed from having to ask for a drink when they become thirsty, or have a dry mouth. They can take a drink whenever they wish, which, inevitably, will lead to better hydration.

 

To see the Hydration Backpack with Drinking Tube Positioning for wheelchairs with Slide Track rails, click here.

This page last updated 11-15-17