5yr old loved pushing her dining chair back during and after eating, with the risk that she would tip the chair over backwards.
Adaption to carry a standard issue Schools lunch tray with one hand.
Add multi-purpose ‘desk top’ to child’s mobility chair so she could start school with her own table top.
The lady had suffered from sepsis and, as a consequence, had lost both hands and both feet. The NHS were able to provide a wheelchair and later prosthetic legs but had little to offer in the short term to provide hand functions. We were able to provide basic implements to enable her to feed herself, brush her hair, and to write birthday cards and sign cheques.
Following a serious accident, the client is unable to raise his hands to his face and accordingly is unable to feed himself using conventional cutlery. A long-handled fork was made for him which has proved successful, but he would like the additional flexibility offered by a spoon. A long-handled spoon is not viable so a means of raising a spoon from the plate to the mouth was needed which maintained the spoon in a horizontal position throughout. Enter the ‘Spork-lift’!
A young autistic child requires feeding from a feeding pump through a tube directly into his stomach overnight.
The client eats seated in her recliner chair and requires a special over-chair table that accommodates her sitting position which in effect raises her stomach up. Standard tables have been found not to work. A table was made to exactly fit the dimensions of the client’s chair (not that in the picture) with a cut-out […]
Head rest fitted to dining chair, wheelchair behind Brackets with paper template Brackets fitted to chair back The client uses a wheelchair with a headrest to support her head, but wishes to use a standard dining chair while eating. A headrest is required to prevent potential choking. The solution agreed was to add a bracket […]
Table mounted on wheelchair Starboard mounting bracket The client requires a table for his motorised wheelchair, but none is available from its manufacturer. The client’s OT had several unused tables available. One was chosen, and brackets made and fitted to the chair’s arms. The clamp bolts were colour-coded port and starboard.
The client suffers with Parkinson’s Disease and is permanently flexed 90 degrees at the hip. As a result, eating is very difficult to do with dignity. The legs of standard over-chair tables would not pass under the client’s riser/recliner chair and the OT did not wish to raise it The table that was made has […]
Finished trolleys Underside of tray trolley showing tray drop mechanism Original trolleys Trolleys in use A special needs school had two trolleys which were used by the children to dispose of food waste, cutlery and crockery after their midday meal. The original trolleys were unsuitable in a number of ways. Metal crosspieces of no structural […]
The client uses a feeding pump. She does not have the strength to turn it off if the tube blocks overnight when no carers are present. The aluminium handle clips onto the pump control knob and provides the additional leverage needed.
Parkinson’s sufferers often have difficulty pulling their chair up to the dining table, and carers struggle to help. A light framework of 20mm angle iron is welded to be a reasonable fit around the chair legs, with the wheels from 75mm castors attached at each corner. For the rear corners, the swivel base of […]
Chair with castors braked Chair with castors unbraked Sketch The client needs to be able to move his dining chair easily under the table to eat, etc. Castors were added to the chair with hand-operated brakes on the trailing castors.
An elderly client was unable to get up unaided from the dining table. Carers had to slide the chair away from the table (with client aboard) and then rotate chair & client sideways to enable him to stand. A stair-lift chair was obtained and the offset boss cut and re-welded into a central position. A […]