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Umbrella holder on electric wheelchair

Umbrella holder on electric wheelchairAlready having a tubular holder for a rolled umbrella and walking stick, the client asked for a holder for the umbrella when used to protect him from rain.

As the umbrella had a straight handle, a tube blocked off a little way down and attached to the wheelchair supports the open umbrella.

The client can be protected from rain or sun while in his wheelchair, provided there is space enough in our crowded streets.

 

Trampoline ladder

Connor, a three year old boy with Down’s syndrome, needed to get on his trampoline safely.

A ladder made from decking planks locks onto the trampoline frame and has nowhere he can trap his head, arms or legs.

Connor can now get on and off without assistance.

 

Toilet handrail

Toilet handrailThe client, having had a stroke, needed support from his left hand to rise from the toilet. A tubular rail, previously fitted, was too far away and to avoid the doorway, too far back to be of use.

A steel tube running inside the original tube was welded to a plate. This was welded to a frame with a wooden rail at the top and wheels on the floor. This could be moved forward across the doorway and secured with a peg.

The client can now push up with his left hand and after use when he is standing, retract the rail to clear the doorway.

Toilet flush lever

Toilet flush leverSue has weak wrists and could not operate the flush on a toilet.

A clamp was fitted over the handle supporting a rod and wooden ball. Sue can now operate the flush by a push of the hand because of the increased leverage.

Support rail beside toilet

Support rail beside toiletThe client has only one leg and needed support rails around the toilet. A wall mounted bar had been obtained but the occupational therapist was not sure how it could be fitted. The other wooden bar on the other side was too far away.

The new metal bar with leg was attached to a wooden block which in turn was attached to the cistern mounting board. The other bar was extended to form a supported shelf.  The two supports are at the right reach for the client to transfer between the wheelchair and toilet.

Table to fit rising chair

Table to fit rising chairAn elderly gentleman, needing massage therapy, who sits in a rising chair, could only be massaged on his arms and shoulders if his arms were horizontal in front of him. Massaging his arms hanging loose was not an option. He also wanted a reading desk.

A wooden table was made with a plywood top in three parts. Each side panel was covered with stick-on slippery plastic film. The centre section, which is hinged to a transverse square steel tube with an adjustable prop, was given one coat of varnish which gave enough friction to prevent his newspaper from sliding off. The table was mounted on castors to be easily moved by his wife.

The client now has a massage facility, reading desk and table for meals all in one unit.

Step stool for toilet

Step stool for toiletThe client of short stature could not climb onto the supplementary toilet seat frame and also could not have her feet on the floor.

An MDF box was made which hooks onto the front of the frame. It is covered with a ribbed rubber mat to make it non-slip and easily washable.

A helper is no longer needed when using the toilet and the client is more secure and comfortable.

Computer table for foot user

Special computer tableFive year old Jensen was given a computer at school with a large keyboard as he was born without arms and has to work with his feet. The special needs teacher agreed that the desk should be as good as or better than the other furniture in the classroom. No desk was commercially available to meet these needs.

The desk is made of 18 mm oak veneered MDF with solid oak feet mounted on castors with brakes. These project forward so the desk will not tip if a child sits on the wide shelf. The shelves for both the monitor and the keyboard, secured with wing bolts, are adjustable to keep them in view and in reach as he grows. Jensen now has his own desk that can grow with him.

Rollator rack on wheelchair

Rollator Rack on WheelchairThe client needed a means to carry her rollator on her wheelchair as she can use either means of mobility.

A metal trough, made from folded and welded 2mm steel sheet, was bolted to the chassis. A webbing strap and buckle retain the top of the rollator.

She can carry the rollator to places where she needs alternative mobility.

Modified steering wheel

Modified steering wheelThis client was accidentally hitting his car horn constantly because of the position of a knob on his steering wheel. A means of preventing this was needed.

A metal shield was made and fitted to the steering wheel to cover the horn adjacent to the knob.

The driver no longer inadvertently sounds the horn.

Method of loading three-wheeled scooter

Method of loading three-wheeled scooterThe client needed to load his scooter into an estate car.

Small wheels were fitted to the chassis on each side of the front wheel. These supported the scooter on the two ramps for loading and unloading. This solution is much safer than putting the front wheel in a lateral trough skidding on the ramps.

The client can safely load his scooter into his car.

Leg lifter and positioner

Leg lifter and positionerPippa has a paralysed left leg and needs to position her foot before standing.

The lifter has a knee height handle at the top of an aluminium tube, with a shoewidth spur at the lower end. It also has a hook to carry it on a walking aid.

Pippa can lift and shift her foot to the best position for standing provided she is wearing shoes with low heels. She could not get the spur under flat-soled moccasins.

Larger buttons for door opening controller

larger controls for door opening controllerA 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 the four corners of the box. An arrow shows which way up to work it.

The client can now operate his push button controller.

Horse mounting platform

Horse mounting platformKaron, in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, had been recommended to continue riding but could not mount her horse from a normal height block.

A platform with steps was provided.

Karon can now step astride her horse easily.

Handlebar for mobility scooter

Handlebar for ScooterThis blind man wanted a handle to enable him to follow his wife’s electric scooter and sense changes of direction.

A socket already existed on the back of the scooter. Into this fitted a square tube and on to this was welded a round tube and handlebar. The square tube is secured with a large pin.

He can now follow his wife’s scooter and sense when she changes direction.

Drink holder on wheelchair

Drink holder on wheelchairLeander is partially sighted, and required a safe place to stow a cup.

The panel made a wire cup holder on an articulated arm, which clamps to the chair.

Leander can now have a hot drink safely within reach.

 

Cot sides for hospital bed

Cot Sides for Hospital BedA young man with cerebral palsy was to be housed in a residential home. To enable him to be attended to, a height adjustable hospital bed was provided. As he is prone to violent movement, a strong secure cot was required to surround, but not be attached to, the bed.

A panel headboard & railed footboard were fitted between welded steel ‘rugby posts’. Hinged onto these are four metal cot side gates secured at their bases to the metal horizontals by barrel bolts and restrained at the top with wooden beams.

The members of staff at the home are confident the client is safe and secure and also that they can attend to his needs in bed.

Baby carrier on wheelchair

It is not permitted to carry anyone else on a mobility vehicle on a public highway or footpath Department of Transport guidance  . Any modification undertaken by Remap is done for the purpose of using the item on private property.

Baby carrier on wheelchairThe mother has a modified wheelchair to allow her disabled son to travel horizontally. He objected to his lively younger brother sitting above him. A baby carrier out of reach of the elder boy was needed.

A frame with a front wheel and carrying a car baby seat was fitted over the caster pivots with two removable luggage straps. The baby seat can be detached from the front of the wheelchair when the elder boy goes to school.

The mother can take both boys out, even on bus trips, and squabbling has diminished.

Aid to reach cooker controls

Aid to reach cooker controlsThe client is stooped and could not reach the cooker controls situated high up.

A spanner comprising a rubber chair leg foot attached open side outwards to a wooden handle enables the client to turn the cylindrical control knobs.

The client is safer as they no longer have to stand on a stool to operate the cooker.

 

Aid for putting on surgical boot

Aid for putting on surgical boot

The client has use of only one arm and could not hold his surgical boot secure to enable him to put it on.

A half box made of wood had a cut out to hold the boot. The Velcro closures on the boot were held out of the way by mating pieces of Velcro on the box. A loop handle prevents the box and boot slipping away as the foot is inserted. The client’s good hand can secure the Velcro straps on the boot.

The client can now put his boots on without help from a carer.

Aid for dressing amputee

Aid for dressing amputeeA client with only one leg needed under-arm support while she dressed.

A substantial tubular steel frame, like an oversized Zimmer, was made with thick pipe insulation pads on the top horizontals.

The client, by supporting each armpit in turn, can dress while standing on her one leg.

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