General ingenuity

 

Pen-top remover

A pen-top remover for a jewellery maker who uses paper which she decorates using felt-tip pens. She has reduced strength in her hands due to Rheumatoid arthritis and has great difficulty removing the caps from the pens and glue-stick.

Variable Pen Grip

Our client was a teenage girl who was unable to grip a pen due to her disability. The school she attended had a range of felt tip pens and paint brushes varying from 10mm diameter up to 45 mm diameter.

Adaptive Sandals for Tricycle

Remap was contacted by a Paediatric Physiotherapist working at the Jarvis Centre in Guildford. They were looking for adaptive sandals for a trike for one of their patients who did not need a specialist trike but his feet kept slipping off the pedal. The physiotherapist had done some preliminary online research and found a DIY solution they thought would work well – I used it as a base for the design, with some improvements.

Powered platforms for children

MK Remap were approached by Redway School in Milton Keynes to see if we could make a powered platform to help children with physical and learning difficulties gain confidence in their mobility. Two powered platforms were made, based on donated unwanted wheelchair chassis, which would allow a child in an ‘activity chair’ to drive and control the platform using simple ‘forwards / backwards / left / right ‘ buttons

Garden ramp with adjustable feet

The client needed wheelchair access to his garden where commercial ramps were unsuitable. A shallow wooden ramp was made, with adjustable height legs to allow for the uneven ground.

Book Manipulation Aid

The client suffers from motor neurone impairment virtually robbing her of the use of her hands and fingers. She likes to read actual books (as opposed to Kindle books) but cannot now hold or manipulate a book. This project provides a device which has given the client sufficient control of a book to be easily able to read it.

Carer Call Button

This disabled client has a live in carer and was using a standard baby alarm to call his carer during the night. Unfortunately, this also transmitted the normal sleeping sounds which was keeping the carer awake. He related this to the carer’s wife who contacted Remap to see if we could help.

Conversion of electric screwdriver

A client has problems gripping objects, especially small items. He suffers with Hereditary Motor Sensory Neuropathy (Charko Marie Tooth). This is progressive and has worsened in the last two years. He also has problems walking, needing axillary crutches.

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.

One-handed Brake for Mobility Scooter

Our client had lost the use of one hand. His new mobility scooter was fitted with a handbrake which required two hands to operate – one to pull on the brake and the other to operate a locking latch.
A system was engineered to allow the brake to be both operated and locked with one hand

Adapted thin and light cutlery.

Our client has difficulty with normal cutlery and wanted some which were as light as possible and with thin handles. She wanted the fork ans spoon to be angled. She had tried various commercially available products but , although some were light, these had very large handles.

Smart Watch Charging stand

Connecting the battery charging pins to a HalfSun Smart Bracelet V2 is difficult due to its poor design, but was impossible for this client who has little function in his right hand. The provided peg-like clip requires precise alignment requiring dexterity. The solution was to provide an open mounting stand onto which the watch is simply placed down, providing automatic alignment and gravity providing the connection pressure.

Treadmill adaptation for boy with cerebral palsy

Four-year-old boy has cerebral palsy and as part of his treatment he uses a treadmill to help strengthen his legs. He can’t reach the handrails so a lower set has been made to attach to the original rails.

Stool backrest modifications

The client has sever back problems and needed a kitchen stool with custom back support. A structure was made with two additional back support pads and fixed to the existing stool frame.

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.