One-handed

 

One-handed food preparation

The client had a major stroke and lost use of her left hand but still lives independently and wished to be able to prepare fruit and vegetables, specifically melon. A worktop-mounted vice, operated by leaning forward, allows food to be held while being prepared.

One-handed viola playing

After a stroke, the client, with reduced hand and arm strength on one side, wished to take up playing his viola again. The bow was modified to make it easier to grip and a stand makes the bow easier to support.

crutch for shortened forearm

Our client had a (congenital) shortened left forearm (without hand) and required a walking aid for use with her left arm to relieve pain in her right hip whilst waiting for a joint replacement . After experimenting with fitting a “socket” to a rollator and then a gutter arm crutch, a modified elbow crutch was found to be best -improving her mobility and relieving the pressure on her right hip and consequently her pain. In due course this device would also be essential in her post-op rehabilitation when she would require the use of two crutches.

Beach rollator

A stroke client with dense left sided weakness purchased a lightweight rollator with balloon tyres (£700) for exercising on nearby beaches […]

Nappy changing frame

First time mum found it difficult to change a dirty nappy with limited use of her right hand. Her wriggly baby was forever putting his foot in the wrong place!

Games Console for people with disabilities

Remap Essex central were approached by groups caring for pople with dementia, who wanted a game to occupy people with dementia and provide an assessment of how an individual was deteriorating

A fitted sheet fitter

A fitted sheet fitter for enabling a person with limited dexterity and strength to fit the last corner of a fitted sheet.

Pommel mounted joystick

The client has very limited movement and only in one hand. He had a table-mounted joystick control for his Rea Azalea tilt in space wheelchair but he uses a tablet to communicate and both the table and the joystick were in the way of it. The request was to relocate the joystick so that the client could be access it, and access the tablet.

One-handed bed remote control

The client has insufficient strength and movement to use the bed remote control unless it is held in exactly the correct position. A device was needed to hold the controller such that the client could reach it in the night and make adjustments using one finger.

Wheelchair Armrest Bracket

The plastic bracket which held the armrests in place on a manual wheelchair broke. The client’s friend milled me a new one in aluminium for the right hand side. This worked well for years, but then the bracket for the left arm broke, and the client’s friend was no longer able to create a new one for him.

MaMa T4CE

The capability to prepare food is a key marker for an independent life but, unless you are going to live on cold food, that means cooking. What could be easier? A temperature sensor and a relay and some bespoke interfacing. Except – ovens, especially built-in ones, are hostile environments for electronics.

Bed Controller Modification

The client is mostly paralysed from the neck down except that he can move one arm but has minimal grip. The only way he could press the buttons on the hand held bed controller was to bite the buttons with his teeth.