Retracting bed rail handle

Project  / Project number: 762 2007  /  Status:


The challenge

This client has multiple sclerosis and uses a wheelchair. He has to use bed rail handles to transfer himself from his wheelchair to his bed but once sitting on the bed had difficulty in lifting his legs over the bed rail handle.

The end of the bed rail was removed and modified to be located in a metal casing which could be guided when raised and lowered. The handle is raised and lowered by means of a ‘crank and connecting rod’ system, driven by a 12v car windscreen wiper motor. Movement is initiated by one press button on a cable.

The system enables the client to be completely independent of assistance in transferring from wheelchair to bed and he is delighted with the result.