Push button controller adaptation


Bed mattress lifter and call switch

The client with motor neuron disease has inadequate strength in his hands to operate his mattress elevator to allow him to get out of bed unaided, or to summon assistance. Foot operated switches were attached to the side of his bed.

Bed Controller Modification

The client is mostly paralysed from the neck down except that he can move one arm but has minimal grip. The only way he could press the buttons on the hand held bed controller was to bite the buttons with his teeth.

Large buttons for recliner chair

Our client cannot see and cannot operate the soft touch buttons on the hand controller supplied with a top end recliner chair. I made a holder for the controller that fixes it to the side of the chair and has four large and differently shaped buttons so they can be identified by touch.

Nurse Call Button

A holder for existing nurse call units in hospitals that allows the unit to be used by patients with limited mobility and/or dexterity. Developed initially for use by stroke patients in a specialist ward.

Servo assisted sailing

Remap are regular attenders at the RYA Sailability Conference. This project is one of their members projects, but referencing here provides useful archive material for a very typical Remap area of work.

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.

Push Button Sewing Machine Control

Our client, with tetraplegia, is able to manipulate his arms enough in order to push and pull and very lightly hook (or hold) objects in his otherwise immobile fingers. He has sufficient patience and skill to use a sewing machine to make rubber padded gloves to protect the hands of fellow wheelchair users.

Radio push-button controls

The client’s advancing dementia made it difficult to operate the baffling array of buttons on his new DAB radio.

Special bed controller

The client cannot operate the handset for his special bed, as it requires the pressing of two buttons at once and he finds this very difficult. A lever system and guide bracket was made to enable the two buttons to be depressed with one action. The client can now operate his bed control without difficulty.

Recliner chair control device

This client, with multiple sclerosis and poor eye sight, has problems operating his recliner chair remote control buttons; the buttons on the remote control only stand 2mm above the surface and their location was difficult to establish by feel. A supplementary cover was made giving improved location definition and height differential for the chair control […]

Phone-dialling aid

A mentally and physically disabled young man, living in a specially-adapted bungalow with 24 hour supervision, needed a means of contacting his mother by phone. A plastic cover is now fitted to his phone. It has a protrusion on the underside that activates the memory button in which his mother’s telephone number is stored. A […]

Modified telephone

The client is autistic and has learning problems. He wished to be able to telephone his mother but cannot handle multiple buttons on the phone. A standard telephone with memory button was fitted with a plastic mask so that only one button was visible. The client can easily contact his mother.

Modifications to control pad for electric armchair

Having had multiple sclerosis for many years, this man was now unable to press the control buttons on his orthopaedic armchair. He can only use the “heel” of the palm of his hand. A holder, which clips onto the table, was made for the control pad. Four protruding rubber – sprung buttons, bearing the appropriate arrows, […]

Model railway controller

The client is a 15 year old boy who is paralysed from the neck down. He has a model railway layout mounted on a large table. However, the trains were controlled by conventional model train controllers so he could only watch whilst members of his family operated the trains for him. Two linked control systems […]

Larger buttons for door opening controller

A paraplegic client could not operate a four function push button controller as the buttons were too small and too close together. As the control used radio, not infra-red, the controller could be mounted inside a double size electrical socket box. Four spring boards with pips underneath to engage with the buttons were fitted to […]