Aid to put on outdoor clothing (cape)

Project  / Project number: 1015-06  /  Status:


The challenge

The clients condition leaves her very weak, and unable to lift her arms. She has a powered wheelchair, with which she is very confident and skilled but is unable to put on an outdoor coat independently. She has an overhead hoist available.

The client had a cape made which was fitted with 4 magnets sewn in as per sketch. A suitable frame covered in foam was provided for the hoist. Sitting in her wheelchair with the cape on her lap she can position herself under her electric hoist, lower the hoist and attach the cape via magnets to the frame. She can raise the hoist and cape, reposition her wheel chair, lower the cape on to her shoulders and pull it away from the magnets.