Upper Limb Rehabilitation Aids

Aids to rehabilitation of upper limb function for intensive care patients.
Therapy, Activities, Skills and Kinesiology (TASK) Boards for University Hospital Southampton


The trike is a homemade piece of mobility equipment made from two bikes with a platform inbetween and a loading ramp. This allows someone that is disabled to experience the joys of cycling whilst still being in the wheelchair for maximum comfort with their favourite person doing the pedalling. If you happen to stop along the way at say a garden centre, then you still have the wheelchair with you for regular activities !

Table-top frame for visual stimuli

The client has very limited movement and enjoys looking at different visual stimuli. A light weight frame was made which clamps to his over-wheelchair table, from which visual stimuli can be suspended. A battery-powered fan provides movement.

Audible target for blind child

A blind child requires a target that he can practice throwing a ball at, to develop his ability to identify the direction and distance of sounds in everyday life. The target emits a continuous sound so that the child can determine its location and a separate sound when he successfully hits it with a thrown ball. The target can be attached to any suitable place, including a football net, cricket stumps, etc.

Wheeled body rollers

The special school has two types of body roller to provide deep pressure therapy as the children crawl between the rollers; both have no means of moving them safely.

Special arm “skateboard”

The client has suffered a stroke and has a weakness in his right arm. He is undergoing physiotherapy which stimulates his right arm but cannot find a suitable large skateboard to support his arm during treatment. Remap Bristol designed a custom board using commercial floating ball units giving easy movements in the horizontal plane.  

Door locks, handles and latches for assessing accessibility

    Stroke patients discharged from hospital often suffer from reduced manual dexterity and find it difficult to operate the locks and security devices fitted to their doors when they get home. To help assess whether patients might face such problems, occupational therapists at Amersham Hospital asked Remap to construct a working model of a door, […]

Dexterity and Thinking Aids

Four dexterity aids were requested to help clients practise fine manipulations. The four aids were a ‘Tower of Hanoi Puzzle‘, ‘Buzzer and Wire“, ‘Nuts and Bolts‘ and a ‘Door Lock‘. The request was, that the small scale door that could be easily transported and positioned on a table top. The door was to have locks and handles […]

Interactive Display Board

This project takes the form of a vertical board, ideal for use in an educational environment. Various different interactive elements can be easily fixed onto the board. The interactive display board will fold flat for storage and can be adjusted for distance and viewing angle. A Velcro tray can be slid into the guides and […]

Injection site massager

The client has had Parkinson’s disease for 11 years. He has nodules on his thighs resulting from the frequent injections, which in turn, make injecting difficult through the tough tissue and reduces the effectiveness of the drug. Vigorous massage is required to effectively disperse the nodules. An improved version of his own home-made ‘pommeller’ was […]

Wheelchair switch tray

Chloe is 8 years old and has cerebral palsy. To teach her communication skills her school required a means of positioning a 4-way switch plate onto her wheelchair. The switches were connected to a suitable box of “electronics” provided by the school. The tray supplied by the local “wheelchair services” was unsuitable for use, it […]

Vibration seat

The clients have hearing, learning and some severe agitation problems. A sound vibration seat was constructed. This contains an amplifier and loudspeaker that can be fed from a sound source such as a CD player. When operating, low frequency sounds cause the seat to vibrate in time to the beat of the music. This seat […]

Trolley for toddlers to be pulled through a willow serpent

Toddlers with cerebral palsy enjoy being pulled through a willow ‘serpent’ in a local community garden but the person pulling has difficulty in negotiating the serpent. The ‘tactile box’ is a trolley which was made with large wheels to run on uneven ground and has a ‘bucket’ in which the child can sit safely. It […]

Table to fit rising chair

An elderly gentleman, needing massage therapy, who sits in a rising chair, could only be massaged on his arms and shoulders if his arms were horizontal in front of him. Massaging his arms hanging loose was not an option. He also wanted a reading desk. A wooden table was made with a plywood top in […]

Stroke patient scanning board

The local hospital asked for a scanning board as a therapy aid to help patients suffering from strokes to overcome a frequently encountered difficulty in that they are unable to turn the body to scan to the left. There was limited space available in the therapy room. A four part scanning board was made consisting […]

Standing frame seat

A wheelchair user who needed to use a ‘standing frame’ to strengthen her leg muscles was hoisted to and from the standing frame. Her wheelchair could not be positioned directly in front of the standing frame as a bar protruded from the frame between her legs. It was not safe to hoist the client over […]