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Food Preparation Device for Amputee

Our client lost both hands in an accident and wishes to be able to prepare food. A sleeve was made that straps onto his arm to which different knives can be fitted.

Adapt sit-to-stand aid

A 9-year-old child had difficulty supporting herself when transferring using her ReTurn sit-to-stand aid. A padded knee divider supports her legs and guides added to the footplate locate her feet.

Supportive pony saddle

The client requires a frame to support her while pony riding to improve her posture and core strength. The adjustable frame clamps onto a standard saddle and provides sufficient support while also encouraging exercise to strengthen her muscles.

Buggy safety tether

The client is concerned that she will release her baby’s buggy during an epileptic seizure and requires a means to restrain it.

Table place setting template

The college student has no fine muscle control and often will spasm when trying to use his hands. Laying the table for banquet service is part of the curriculum and currently the student is unable to participate.

Changing mat restraint

The client is very active when being changed and their carer requires a means of providing gentle restraint.

Changing mat guard rail

The client uses a changing mat that fits over their bath. The mat folds up out of the way during bathing. This active child has learnt how to roll off the mat very quickly. The bath manufacturer makes a guard rail that fits into sockets on the mat. Unfortunately it must be removed by lifting in order to fold the mat so as to use the bath. Due to its weight and length it requires two hand and is quite large to store without the risk of it falling and hitting someone or thing. A rail is required that remains in place when the mat is folded away and can be opened/closed one-handed.

Buggy rain canopy

The manufacturer of the client’s new buggy does not offer a rain canopy, and the canopy from the previous buggy does not fit.

Wheelchair leg and arm supports

After a stroke, the client’s left side weakness means he needs his wheelchair to be adapted to provide additional support to his left arm and something to restrain his left leg to maintain proper posture.

Changing bed steps

The school required steps to enable a small child with good mobility to climb up onto a changing bed with the minimum of assistance. It is hoped that he will gain confidence and be increasingly able to mount the bed as he grows and develops.  Currently two wooden steps are used, assisted by two carers to climb up to and down from the bed.

A two-step, easily-cleanable, single unit with removable & height adjustable handles on both sides (removable depending on the child – to allow the legs to be swung to the side.) was requested. The aim being that the child holds onto the handle whilst climbing up and, if capable, swings their legs onto the bed. To come down, the child would hold the handle in his right hand, sit on the edge of the bed and slip off onto the top step and progress down to the bottom step and floor with the aid of the handrail. It is expected that the handrail height doesn’t need to be adjusted whilst in use.

Tilting bed

The client requires her daughter’s profiling bed to be kept flat when the head end is raised while she is continuously enterally fed over a 12 hour period. Keeping her head higher than her feet will enable her to be fed safely to avoid aspiration.  This is a standard feature on many such beds, but not this one.

Braille Swing Cell

Braille is read using a 6 dot pattern arranged as two columns of 3 dots to define each letter. When it is typed, the six keys of a Braille typewriter are arranged in a straight line left to right (ie. in a linear 6 dot format) which are each pressed by three fingers of each hand. Students therefore need to be able to recognise the patterns in both formats.

Oxygen cylinder bracket for wheelchair

The client needs oxygen but there was no current means of support, on the wheelchair, for a small (100 mm diameter) oxygen cylinder and a bag of associated medical equipment. 

Wheelchair footrest holders

In order to take the client out of the wheelchair, the horizontal foot rest needs to be pivoted to a vertical position, and held there by a carer during transfer, as the manufacturer has made no provision for holding it in the vertical position. 

Changing table

A client with learning difficulties needs a table to support him in his home while his carers help him get dressed and bathed. Because of the restricted space available, the usual floor-mounted table would not work.

Child’s exercise bars

A 20-month old child with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) required a set of parallel bars for exercise.

Lateral support for electric scooter

The posture of this electric scooter user has deteriorated and she now requires additional support on her left hand side.

Fidget/activity boards

Client has advanced dementia and requires something to keep his fidgety hands occupied.

Pan holder for one-handed cooking

After a stroke, the client was unable to hold pans steady on the stove while cooking. The usual pan holders use plastic suckers to grip the stove top but these would not work on the hot surface his Aga.

Child’s crawling track

The client wishes to develop her daughter’s limited physical abilities by encouraging her to crawl.

One-handed nail filing and varnishing

After a stroke affecting her ability to use one hand, the client struggled to file her fingernails and varnish them.

Garden ramp with adjustable feet

The client needed wheelchair access to his garden where commercial ramps were unsuitable.

Arm supports

A client with MND requires supports to hold his arms up when sitting to alleviate back pain, especially when away from home visiting friends, so it needs to be transportable and suitable for use with any dining chair.

Reduce height of 3-wheeled walker

The client found that the height of her 3-wheeled walker could not be adjusted low enough for her.  Often, this can be easilly achieved by drilling extra adjustment holes and/or cutting the frame a bit lower, but this would not have given enough reduction in this case.

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