West Midlands

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Replacements for amputated hands

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.

Grab Rails for a double amputee

The Client , a lady, had lost both hands and feet due to sepsis. A stairlift had been installed in her house but there were two small steps to be negotiated dor which she required assistance.

Air Mask Microphone

The Client wears a positive air pressure mask at all times. This makes it difficult for people to hear what she says.

GPS Tracker

The client is a power wheel chair user who is able to control the chair himself but unable to use his hands for much else.

Wheelchair Turntable

A man who had a stroke now uses an attendant propelled wheelchair. The access/egress from the house in which he resided was difficult with a need to negotiate a right angle bend in a very confined location. An infill next to a step provided a level access and incorporated a turntable on which the chair could be rotated to the new direction.

Passenger Trailer for Tricycle

The West Midlands Panel was approached to see if there was a way to adapt a proprietary tricycle such that a teenage boy could use it in a safe and controlled way outdoors in a large local park. An add-on trailer was devised on which a parent could ride and control the speed at which their son could travel.

Window opener tube

This lady has had a stroke and because of her small stature is unable to reach the handles of her bathroom and kitchen windows. A long steel tube was made with one end welded at an angle to go over the handle of the window and the other end has a rubber grip so that […]

Wheelchair footrest modification

The client required his wheelchair footrest to lower, level with the ground for easy access. A footrest was designed to rest on the ground while the client stands on it, rotates, and seats himself. Forward operation of a lever raises the footrest and backward movement drops it to the ground, which allows the footrest to […]

Wheelchair camera controller

The client is a young quadriplegic man who wished to take up photography. He requested a tripod mounted camera and a separate tripod mounted viewfinder screen. An electronic controller, a chin operated joystick and a cheekswitch were built to control a tripod mounted motorised pan-andtilt head and a digital camera. A 175mm LCD TV viewfinder […]

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 […]

Phone-dialling aid

A mentally and physically disabled young man, living in a specially-adapted bungalow with 24 hour supervision, needed a means of contacting his mother by phone. A plastic cover is now fitted to his phone. It has a protrusion on the underside that activates the memory button in which his mother’s telephone number is stored. A […]

Modified telephone

The client is autistic and has learning problems. He wished to be able to telephone his mother but cannot handle multiple buttons on the phone. A standard telephone with memory button was fitted with a plastic mask so that only one button was visible. The client can easily contact his mother.

Modification to a profiling bed

The gentleman has multiple sclerosis and is having difficulty in transferring from a wheelchair to the profiling bed. He wished to do this unaided. The bed needed to be raised so commercial casters were fitted which raised the bed by 75mm. A grab rail was made from steel tubing, this slotted into a tube bolted […]

Model railway controller

The client is a 15 year old boy who is paralysed from the neck down. He has a model railway layout mounted on a large table. However, the trains were controlled by conventional model train controllers so he could only watch whilst members of his family operated the trains for him. Two linked control systems […]

Mobile phone extender

A wheelchair user with a condition which causes contractions of his joints could not get a mobile phone to either ear, both of which are also very sensitive. He wanted the privacy that hands-free loud-speaker mode would not have given him. A handle with attached phone-holder was made from telescopic aluminium tubing. At the phone-holder […]

Four-wheel scooter

A boy with Down’s syndrome was unable to balance on his mini-scooter and wanted to play with his 12-year old friends without using a child’s scooter. The back axle was extended using a threaded rod encased in a spacer tube. The stabilising wheels were secured with nylon-insert locking nuts. The boy can now play with […]