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Pedal support straps

For user with no leg movement to safely secure their feet to a pedal.

Foot Plate to attach to wheelchair on bicycle

The adjustable fibreglass footrest of a “The Duet” Tandem Wheelchair bicycle at Pedal Power Finsbury Park had snapped in half, as shown in the insta story pictured below, and required reinforcing for the user’s comfort and safety. The plate was attached to the front of the wheelchair tandem with supports, which were easy to unscrew, and required thicker material to reinforce it. 3D printing the 280 by 180 (mm) footrest from scratch was impractical, and 3D printed material was not likely to be strong enough. The non-slip aspect of the plates had to be maintained.

Deeper tray for wheelchair

Many of us are dependent on our laptops, smartphones and other 21st century gadgets to run all aspects of our lives, and Graham is no exception. However, the tray that was supplied for his wheelchair was too shallow to sit a laptop on securely, making it much less portable than it should have been.

Stair-gate avoiding stair-lift rail

Stair-gate avoiding stair-lift railA six-year old who has learning and behavioural problems needed to be prevented from falling on the stairs. Although he can stand, he cannot safely climb stairs. He would pull on a slat type gate and would quickly damage it.

A stair-gate shaped to avoid the stair-lift rail, was made of a wooden frame covered on both sides with 4mm ply. The edges were veneered. Extensions on the sides of the gate fit into aluminium brackets screwed to the door frame and wall so that when required, the gate can be lifted out and carried up to a second set of brackets at the top of the stairs.

The parents now have greater peace of mind.

Shower chair for child

Shower chair for childFive-year old child with Cockaynes Syndrome (undersized & poor balance) needed shower chair with restraints. The shower area is too small to allow a freestanding chair, and is used by other family members.

A child’s plastic garden chair was adapted by adding a footrest, a webbing belt and a small plastic pommel. A standard chrome handrail was fixed to the tiles in the shower and the back legs of the chair slip into the gap between the rail and the wall.

The chair has been very successful. The child no longer has to be washed in the sink, and the chair doubles up as a play chair.

Shower board for corner bath

Shower board for corner bathAn elderly man is unable to transfer into his bath due to limited standing balance and restricted range of movement in his knees. Standard bath boards were not suitable for his corner bath.

WDP Plywood was cut to shape and slots were cut to facilitate drainage. Three L- shaped fittings were used to provide anchorage to the bath. Two effectively clamp the outer side of the bath, and the third slots into a handle, which exists on the inner side of the bath (next to the wall). This prevents the board from moving away from the wall. The board was varnished with a tough water resistant yacht varnish. The gentleman is now able to transfer onto the bath with the assistance of his wife, and shower regularly.

Pair of steps

Pair of stepsVery small five-year old child required steps to reach water and sand tray at school.

A pair of steps was constructed using Zimmer frame parts and aluminium sheet. Non-slip rubber mats were glued to the tops of the steps.

Child can now get thoroughly wet!

Modified book rest

Modified book restA 12 year-old girl with visual impairment and epilepsy can only read books when they are within a few inches of her eyes.

A commercial paper stand, which could be raised and lowered, was modified as follows. A hardboard base was attached to the bottom of the stand via a piano hinge, fixed by a central rivet so that the stand can be rotated on the base. Movement of the rear support member on the stand was restricted to position the stand nearly upright. A hardboard shelf wider than the bottom rail of the stand was added to enable thicker books to be supported. Music-stand type pins were fitted to the front of this shelf to hold open the pages of any book that will not remain open by itself. The whole folds down for carrying.

The child can now sit more comfortably to read.

Mobile chairs

Melissa, a young girl with restricted growth, needed to be able to move her special chairs (one or two on each floor) between classrooms at school without having to rely on help from her classmates.

Wheels were fitted to the back of her chairs and the back ends of the chair runners were cut to match so that when the chair is tipped back, the wheels lift the chair off the floor, but when the chair is upright, the runners remain on the floor. A pulling handle was fitted to two of the chairs and as an addition, a broad plastic strap was fitted round the back of each chair so that the girl’s satchel could be carried on the tipped up chair.

Melissa no longer needs help to get her chairs from one classroom to another.

Lightweight book rest

Lightweight book restPraful is paralysed from the neck down and wanted to be able to read books and magazines.

A book rest was constructed using 6mm plywood. The part for holding the book was raised high enough to place the book in front of the client’s eyes. Apart from the hinges, all the joints are glued and the wood was finished in walnut varnish. The whole unit can be folded flat for storage. To reduce the weight, two large holes were cut out of the base panel.

Praful is now able to read independently, which also means less work for his wife.

 

Fit trays to a three-wheeled walker

Fit trays to a three-wheeled walkerThe client was unable to push a loaded tea-trolley over the edges of the carpets.

A three-wheeled walker was used instead of the trolley. Two trays were made of white Melamine chip board. These were screwed to holes drilled in the frame of the walker. The walker can no longer be folded, and the width was reduced to 600mm to enable doors to be easily negotiated. The hand-brake cables were re-positioned to go round the outside of the top tray.

The client can now take his meals from the kitchen to the dining room.

Extension to mobility scooter platform

Extension to scooter platformA man with limited movement in his knee joint was unable to place his foot on the normal footrest of his electric scooter.

A forward extension to the existing footrest was made of aluminium. Care was taken to ensure that the platform did not interfere with the front (steered) wheel, and a side rail was attached to protect the client’s foot. He can now ride his scooter again.

 

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