Reduced strength

 

Rising Shower Chair

The user lacks knee extensor strength. He can make standing transfers, but only from a high seat to a low seat, so that he can make the necessary turn with his knees fully extended. To enable showering in his wet-room, his shower chair needs to elevate, as his wheelchair does. We chose a hydraulic motorcycle platform lift, and installed it under the shower seat of a wheeled commode/shower chair, after removing the commode seat and
bowl.

Handlebar extension

A client asked if we could help with an extension to her handlebar on her first bike. The client liked to support her hand and required the handle bar to be smaller and closer to her body.

Non-spill cup carrier

A design for a cup or mug carrier for people who are unsteady on their feet, which greatly reduces accidental spills. We have made over a dozen of these for various clients who have suffered from Parkinsons, strokes and the like.

Relocated Wheelchair Hand Control

Client with very little mobility, only movement in one hand and in his head, could no longer reach the electric wheelchair hand control on the side of his chair. Remap made a frame to relocate the hand control to his center so that he could reach it, the frame also carried a support for his tablet which was his only way to communicate.

Shower step

An elderly man was finding it difficult to access the family shower because of the 200mm step. A 100mm commercial step had been provided by the Occupational Therapist in order to present two smaller stages but the lack of handholds still made it difficult.
This project was simply a low step with handrails both sides. It provided more security and the possibility to help the ascent with the arms as well as legs.

Adjustable Wrist Support

Paul has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy which has left him with extremely limited movement, literally just a few fingers and his mouth and eyes.
Paul loves using his computer with a glide point mouse (touch pad). The problem is getting, and keeping, his hand in just the right position to operate the touch pad.
I provided a foam wrist support on top of an adjustable platform. It is now easy for a carer to adjust the wrist support up or down my small amounts.

One-handed Window Opener

A lady with the use of only one hand wished to be able to open her windows. A design was required that was both light weight and required a minimum turning force.

Device to put on a coat

Milton Keynes panel were asked if we could help a client to put on his outdoor coat. He could not move his hands to behind him, which meant putting on a coat in the normal way almost impossible.
A powered device was made which, under the control of the Client, lifts the coat up his back then releases it when the coat collar reaches shoulder height

Sit-to-stand sling modification

The client uses a MiniLift sit-to-stand aid for transfers but the sling is unsuitable. The Oxford Journey aid has a more suitable sling, but the aid itself is too large to maneuver inside the client’s home and its sling uses a 4-point fixing, and so could not be used on the MiniLift, which has a 2-point attachment. It was decided to add a bracket to the MiniLift so the Oxford Journey 4-point sling could be used.

Special toilet seat

A bariatric client with motor neuron disease wishes to self-insert suppositories and enemas while seated over the toilet. A reinforced toilet seat with improved access was provided.

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

Fly-by-wire kids tractor

Like most small boys Theo loves tractors, but when you are born with really short arms it makes steering a challenge. So Gerry, a fellow volunteer from the York panel, and I set about creating a safe fly-by-wire push along tractor to make the 20-month old lad very happy.

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.

Treadmill child safety rails #3

Rose has cerebral palsy and needs to exercise daily. She has a treadmill available but it is for adults, so the existing hand rails are too high for her since she is only 7 years old. The risk of not being able to hold on to steady herself is too great and there is also a danger of her stepping on the non moving part of the machine in front of her. This make (JLL) is very popular for this purpose since it ca run as slowly as 0.3 km/hr but it is not designed for children. The challenge was to make it safe and suitable for her to use.

Alternative to sofa raising

Lynne has poor strength in her lower body and finds getting on and off her sofa almost impossible. She thought the answer might be to raise the sofa, as we have done so many times before. But the sofa was a huge corner affair that would have been almost impossible to do either safely or practically. So another solution was required. We tried other products on the market but nothing worked. So a new device was required.