Vice/gripper

 

Zip fastener assister

The Client has Parkinson’s disease, with a right hand tremor and very weak left hand. He needed some device which would make it easier to do up the zip on his jacket and other items of clothing fitted with zips.

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).

Safety bottle top opener

The safety screw tops found on many bottles that require the top to be squeezed before being turned, can be difficult to master by those with reduced dexterity. This solution requires a simple modification to standard slip-jaw pliers

Eye Drop Dispenser

The client requires eye drops every fifteen minutes but also suffers from severe arthritis and is unable to dispense these herself. To improve her independence and decrease the workload on her husband a device that allowed her to dispense the drops herself was needed.

Hobby workstation

Drilling the hazel stick Drilling the antler A finished walking stick The client has suffered a stroke and would like to continue with his hobby of making walking sticks with deer antler handles while seated in his wheelchair and with the use of only one hand. He requires to drill the irregularly shaped hazel sticks […]

Cordless drill steady

  Mounting bracket Stand for outdoor use Workbench stand Drilling workpiece on bench Sawing wood with mitre block The client’s cerebral palsy makes it hard for him to hold steady the cordless drill that he uses for his DIY projects, with his carer’s help, for both drilling and driving screws. Two stands were made, one […]

Saddlery clamp

After a stroke a maker of saddlery wear now has a left sided weakness that prevents him from holding the work pieces as he would like. An overcentre clamping system was made that screwed to the adjacent wall and held the leather so that he could work on it using just the one hand. The […]

Holding jigs for hose assembly

Cavan has symptoms akin to cerebral palsy so had problems positioning items for assembly in his job as a braided hose assembler. After the outer rubber sheath was cut away revealing the steel braiding beneath it, the braiding tended to spring away from the inner rubber hose making the end fitting difficult to assemble. Hinged […]

Fine craft steady grip

Client has Parkinson’s disease. She has prominent tremor in left hand. She has a keen interest in craft especially for dolls houses. She was having difficulties completing work to a satisfactory standard. Construction of a fine gripper to hold steady small pieces of furniture. Client can participate in her hobby with improved standards of work. […]

Engineer’s vice for use with one hand

The client has had a stroke leaving him with the use of the left hand and leg only. He is an engineer and model maker and wished to continue to manufacture parts for his table top railway. A small vice was purchased and reworked to make it very free in use. The leadscrew “collar” was […]

Belly vice

The 51 year-old client had had a cerebral haemorrhage/stroke and was unable to use one arm. He had previously used a wooden “belly vice” to help him grip and open tins and bottles. Only plastic vices are now available and they break easily. He asked the panel to make him a new wooden one. An […]