Household appliances

 

Aids to use for upper limb function for cancer patients.

Cancer patients with metastatic spinal cord compression and who are largely bed bound, require simple exercises to maintain upper body actions. Two boards were constructed that could be mounted on over bed or conventional tables, and each contained a separate range of activities. Care was taken to ensure the activities and boards were safe and could be easily cleaned. Several features are the same as Project SO29/19.

Telescopic Dressing stick and Hairbrush adaptor

Telescopic dressing stick with interchangeable ends for a client with a degenerative muscular condition. Her dressing stick is a solid fixed length and therefore not of practical use outside of the home. We adapted a telescopic “selfie stick” with interchangeable end adaptors, for dressing, hair brushing and shoe fitting.

A fitted sheet fitter

A fitted sheet fitter for enabling a person with limited dexterity and strength to fit the last corner of a fitted sheet.

Extended tap lever

A client with bi-lateral wrist fractures was unable to turn on the bathroom tap.

MaMa T4CE

The capability to prepare food is a key marker for an independent life but, unless you are going to live on cold food, that means cooking. What could be easier? A temperature sensor and a relay and some bespoke interfacing. Except – ovens, especially built-in ones, are hostile environments for electronics.

Saucepan pouring robot

Lady required automatic robot to safely pour a saucepan of hot liquid from a hotplate into a mug..

Net curtain raiser/lowerer

The client is having increasing difficulty removing her window net curtains for washing and subsequently re-fitting them. Balancing on an unstable chair is no longer an option. A simple cord system allows her to easily raise and lower them when needed.

Homecraft Pick-Up Reacher Modification

This is a modification to the Homecraft Rolyan Pick-Up Reacher.

The problem with the standard grabber is that it only pinches the sides of an object if you pick it up from lying down. The modification with wider jaws and a design that curves round means that it can get underneath the object to ‘scoop’ it… making it easier to pick up (and also maintain hold with a weaker grip).

Replacements for amputated hands

The lady had suffered from sepsis and, as a consequence, had lost both hands and both feet. The NHS were able to provide a wheelchair and later prosthetic legs but had little to offer in the short term to provide hand functions. We were able to provide basic implements to enable her to feed herself, brush her hair, and to write birthday cards and sign cheques.

Oven transfer shelf

This handy shelf allows Daniel to slide hot dishes in and out of the oven safely.

Dinner tray collection trolleys

Finished trolleys Underside of tray trolley showing tray drop mechanism Original trolleys Trolleys in use A special needs school had two trolleys which were used by the children to dispose of food waste, cutlery and crockery after their midday meal. The original trolleys were unsuitable in a number of ways. Metal crosspieces of no structural […]

Ironing aid for arm amputee

The client needed an aid to assist with holding clothes on his ironing board. A standard spring clamp was modified by fitting a weaker spring so that it could easily be operated with one hand. Bristol Panel case reference number 7\15-06