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Pivoting door lever

step and door handle AdAPTIONS

The request was for an adaptation for a client with motor neuron disease who is unable to raise his hands and has a weak grip, so cannot safely open and close the lever handles on his front door, or reach the key hole. He lives alone so he is effectively housebound unless he has someone with him to open and close the door. He would like to go out for walks, to chat to his neighbours without waiting for help.  His OT has referred him to the technicians service to consider technology to help him open the door electronically, but this solution will take some time to install. We wanted to enable him to get out and about now.

Comfort panels for a standing sling

The person relies on a standing hoist  but the standing sling was uncomfortable under the arms. The current sling was the most padded version available. The sling belongs to the community equipment store, so nothing can be permanently fixed to the sling as it would compromise the fabric and would affect safety checks.

Dense natural  fleece scraps from the local ‘scrap store’ were cut to shape and joined at the long edge to create a tube shape, by stitching soft elastic to each long edge. The panels can be moved along the sling to the right position and stay in place while the sling is used, and can be slid off when the sling has its safety checks.

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