Braking equipment

 

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

Pushchair safety brake

The client suffers from sudden fits and is worried about inadvertently letting go of her pushchair and it running away. An additional braking system was made such that should the client let go of the handle bar, the brakes are applied automatically.

Drag brakes for rollator

The client had difficulty controlling her rollator on sloping ground where it tended to run away with her because she did not have the strength to apply the brakes for extended periods. A light weight rollator with drag brakes was bought and modified to allow the drag brakes to be operated without having to bend down.

Bicycle for boy with Downs Syndrome

A bicycle was adapted to make it safe for a 9 year old boy with Downs Syndrome. The boy had little sense of danger. Standard cycle stabilizers were fitted. A spring-centered handle, with a hand grip, was attached […]

Modified Bike

An 8 year old girl with muscle weakness needed help to ride her bike. Modifications to her bike enabled Dad to help her by pushing & steering as required.

Rollator brakes

A client has a progressive muscle weakness, that particularly affects hand grip, walking and balance. He is having trouble operating the brakes on his rollator (wheeled walker) and this makes him feel very unsafe.

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.

Improved braking on walker-trolley

Typical walker-trolley Modified wheels The client has motor neurone disease and uses a walker trolley to get around the house, but finds the brakes are not good enough to provide the required stability. It was found that the poor braking ability of the trolley was caused by the low grip between the wheels and the […]

Weak-grip braking for 3-wheel rollators

Many clients lack sufficient grip in at least one hand to operate the brakes on their rollator. If they have an adequate grip with the other hand, the brake cables can be paired through a ‘monkey face’ balancing plate to allow both brake pads to be operated from a single brake lever – see photo […]

Trolley walker with gutters and brakes

Fitting gutters to a tea trolley is a common requirement. On the older-style Bardon trolley, this is easily done by attaching the upper sections of standard gutter crutches. However, these trolleys are unbraked, and clients with balance problems may have trouble controlling them. The newer Days trolley walker is supplied with brakes, but the position […]

Chair with castors

Chair with castors braked Chair with castors unbraked Sketch The client needs to be able to move his dining chair easily under the table to eat, etc. Castors were added to the chair with hand-operated brakes on the trailing castors.  

Buggy failsafe brake

Modifications to the buggy wheels Modifications to the buggy handlebar New parts New clamp to fix new brake cable to existing brake rod.  Identical clamp was used to fix the cable at the other end to the new brake bar The client is concerned that her epilepsy will cause her to lose control of her […]

Walker Brake Handles Modified

This elderly client had very limited ability to use his fingers to pull up on the brakes of his walker. He mainly used the walker by resting his knuckles on top of the handles as a support. This was fine when he was moving on level ground, but the walker tended to run-away on a down-hill […]

Commode brakes

Client has Parkinsons and arthritis and finds the brakes on her glideabout commode to heavy to apply herself. Without her husband’s help she can’t stabilise the commode to transfer to the stairlift. A 2nd hand commode was acquired and the brakes modified Can transfer to stairlift independently  

Walking frame retarder

A common problem with walking frames is ‘running away’. Where a brake is fitted it is usually not suitable for controlling speed – what is required is a constant preset retarding force. This device uses a contoured roller, spring loaded onto the tyre. The ‘conflict’ of varying velocity ratio across the width of the roller […]