People in wheelchairs and with walkers find it difficult or impossible to open self closing doors such as fire doors in homes. Commercial door openers are very expensive.
The client has a Yale lock that due to MS she cannot open. She needed a system that enabled her to open the door from her wheelchair but also that could be opened by her assistance dog. She did not want an automated door control system installed.
Parents of a child who is fed intravenously needed the doors of her specialist cot to be held open whilst they were changing feed / fluid bags etc.
A longer door handle makes it easier to open
The client has learning difficulties and does not recognise numbers. He has been given an allotment near his home as he is a very keen gardener. The allotment has a keypad lock however which he cannot operate. It is necessary to first press C for clear. The client can do this. A five digit code […]
Client has left hemiplegia resulting in right-sided weakness in her upper limbs. She has difficulty opening garage door for storage of wheelchair/mobility scooter. A long handled activating lock, with a removable handle, was made from mild steel to replace the existing lock. The client is able to access and secure her scooter for first time […]
Pauline has severe gout, leaving her unable to grip and pull the door clamps on her walk-in bath to release them. Two stainless steel levers, one for each clamp, were fitted to the door and capped with golf balls. A light push on each lever now releases the door clamps, enabling Pauline to get out […]
The client has a very weak grip and was having great difficulty opening her sliding windows to access her balcony. Using an old dc electric wheelchair motor and a wire on a continuous loop attached to the door, the door can be opened and closed by operating the motor in the appropriate direction. Access to the […]
This wheelchair user, a lower limb amputee with limited use of upper limbs, was having considerable difficulty negotiating his wheelchair through a particular door. The client’s movements were studied and a door stop designed to meet his exact requirements with regard to weight, overall dimensions and ease of lifting. The client can now negotiate his wheelchair […]
Audrey is a wheelchair user. Her room has been fitted with the ‘Door Guard’ system to hold the door open, but to ensure closure when the fire alarm sounds. The problem is to enable her to open the door from inside. An arm is fitted to the chair which can be lowered into position for […]
This lady has rheumatoid arthritis which creates difficulty in opening her fridge and freezer doors. Two sheet metal handles were fixed to the doors enabling the client to open the doors from her wheelchair using clenched fists. The client can now use her fridge and freezer independently. 0
Rob, who has multiple sclerosis, lives in a multi-level ground floor house. When not in his wheelchair with ramps down callers assume, due to the time taken to reach the door, that he is out. He needed to communicate easily from anywhere on his property. The solution was to use two walkie – talkies, one […]
This wheelchair user, who has poor hand control, could not get near enough to the door to operate the handle. An extended handle of light construction aluminium/plastic tubing with two handles enabled client to reach and turn handle on door. An inner tube of plumbing insulation allowed a gentle grip that was easy to fit […]
The client, a wheelchair user, was unable to close the outward opening door of her bathroom behind her. She wanted privacy, independently, when there was another person in the house. A very simple arrangement was set up with a length of nylon cord attached to the door and taken over a cup hook screwed into […]
This client has great difficulty in rotating his ignition key to start his new car. A ‘U’ shaped key holder contains the key which is rotated out to provide a lever to help turn the key. The client can start his car with ease. 0
Due to deterioration of hand muscles, this client could not open car doors – neither the driver’s nor tailgate. A simple detachable extension to door handle, giving more leverage, was made. The client is now able to open doors unaided. 0