Arthritis

 

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

Homecraft Pick-Up Reacher Modification

This is a modification to the Homecraft Rolyan Pick-Up Reacher.

The problem with the standard grabber is that it only pinches the sides of an object if you pick it up from lying down. The modification with wider jaws and a design that curves round means that it can get underneath the object to ‘scoop’ it… making it easier to pick up (and also maintain hold with a weaker grip).

Fishing Trolley Stool

Malcom would love to go fishing again and he has a fishing cart to carry all his gear but he needs to sit down often when he pushes it to the lake. I made him a folding seat that is easy to fold down so he can rest at regular intervals.

Accessibility Handle for BT 4600 DECT Phone

This is a handle which is designed to clip onto a BT 4600 DECT Phone to aid grip. It is for those with weaker hands and/or limited mobility, and means that if grip is lost, the phone remains in the hand rather than dropping.

Improved shower knob grip

The six scollops of the client’s shower control valve knob were too shallow for our client to grip and turn as she has arthritis in her hands.

Nurse Call Button

A holder for existing nurse call units in hospitals that allows the unit to be used by patients with limited mobility and/or dexterity. Developed initially for use by stroke patients in a specialist ward.

Eye Drop Dispenser

The client requires eye drops every fifteen minutes but also suffers from severe arthritis and is unable to dispense these herself. To improve her independence and decrease the workload on her husband a device that allowed her to dispense the drops herself was needed.

Rollator brakes

A client has a progressive muscle weakness, that particularly affects hand grip, walking and balance. He is having trouble operating the brakes on his rollator (wheeled walker) and this makes him feel very unsafe.

Wheeled garden tool holder

A gardening charity needed a means for a volunteer with severe back pain to carry documents, small gardening tools etc around the gardening site. A simple wheeled trolley was made that allows the user have access to her gardening impedimenta without having to bend.

Aga stove lid lifter

The client’s reduced strength made it difficult to lift the heavy lids on her Aga kitchen stove.

Car tailgate closer

The client was unable to reach up to close the tailgate of her car. A simple foam-covered hook was made which engages with the door handle.

Kitchen wire baskets

The client suffers from sever arthritis and has difficulty in bending to access her kitchen floor cupboards. Wire baskets were purchased form B&Q and fitted using appropriate brackets. A hook tool was made to enable her to pull the baskets out without bending. Bristol Panel case ref. 12\15-05

Window opener

The client struggles to open the uPVC windows of her flat because her condition does not allow her to depress the release button and turn the handle easily. The tool is made from 22mm plastic tube and two Tee pieces. One Tee is passed over the window handle. The steel finger presses the release button […]

Window opener

The client has arthritis and has difficulty in reaching and operating her window latch to open the window. A special opening tool was made as there were no commercial alternatives to suit. It was constructed from 22mm o/d aluminium tubing, sourced from a broom handle. This was bent using a standard plumbing internal bending spring […]