Nifty gadget

 

Bed controller access control

Client is 18 years old with learning difficulties and uses a profiling bed with a wired controller. His carers need a method to prevent him from misusing the controller.

Mud kitchen

The special needs school required an outdoor mud kitchen for children in wheelchairs to play. The simple free-standing structure has two table heights to suit different sizes of wheelchairs and provision for storing kitchen utensils.

Aga stove lid lifter

The client’s reduced strength made it difficult to lift the heavy lids on her Aga kitchen stove.

Car tailgate closer

The client was unable to reach up to close the tailgate of her car. A simple foam-covered hook was made which engages with the door handle.

RDA trailer remote speed control

A Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) school uses a small tractor to tow a powered machine. The speed control lever is mounted on the tractor with plastic pipe clips which allows it to be detached easily when necessary.

One-handed snooker rest

A one-handed snooker player required a rest for his cue that could allow him to play his shots, but also be easy to move one-handed about the table.

Wheelchair wheel straightening jig

A wheelchair basketball club frequently damage their wheels and find it difficult and expensive to get them straightened at bicycle repair shops, whose jig are made for bicycles which have different spindles from wheelchairs.

Squeeze machine

This is the third Squeeze machine Essex North has made. They are all similar being two air mattresses constrained so that a person lying between them will be squeezed once they are inflated to provide a calming effect on the user’s nervous system. The pump for this incarnation is a modified Mangar Bath aid pump. […]

Shaped back support

Back pack and half inflated cushion Back pack and shaped foam Back pack with hook in position Back pack in use The client has a protruding shoulder blade as a result of scoliosis which makes it very uncomfortable to sit in most chairs and required a solution that is discrete. He was supplied with two […]

Raised flower beds for special school

A special needs school wanted to encourage their children to enjoy gardening and needed to make it accessible to wheelchair users. Four plywood flower beds on legs were made.  

Rotating bed grab handle

Existing arrangement New rotating grab handle The existing commercial bed grab handle did not allow the client to maintain a firm grip as he maneuvered out of bed into his wheelchair. The new handle clamps to the side rail of the bed and allows limited rotation to ensure the client has a firm grip as […]

Improved grip for vertical grab poles

The client found that his wet hands slipped on the floor-to-ceiling poles in his bathroom. Both poles were fitted with paracord whipping over double sided carpet tape to provide a secure hold.  

Oxygen cylinder carriers for a specialised wheelchair

Client needed to use Oxygen via nose tubes at all times , however when the blood oxygen monitor alarm sounded an additional oxygen supply via a face mask was required quickly, this meant that two oxygen cylinders were required to be with the client at all times. Remap Essexnorth designed and made a holding frame  […]

Adjustable foot rests on school stools

Client needed an additional footrest on the stools at School to be more comfortable in class.  However different classrooms used similar stools so it was essential that each classroom the client used had the appropriately modified stool. A steel strip with equally spaced fixing holes was welded to the two front legs of the stools, […]

Shopping Hoist

Client had lost the full use of the left side of her body so found it very hard to carry shopping up a short flight of stairs to her flat.  Clambering up was possible but not holding shopping. Stair lift was not possible as the stairs were communal access. A small hand powered hoist was […]