Novel Head Support
Our client suffers from MND and experiences head drop when sitting upright which is, among other things, causing difficulties with using assistive technologies. This simple solution of using a fixed hat solved the problem.
Our client suffers from MND and experiences head drop when sitting upright in his chair or on his bed He has a trachea fitted which precludes the use of a collar or any device that fastens under the chin. The head drop is, amongst other things, causing difficulties with be able to use assistive technologies.
York volunteer Dave Chartres devised a novel solution which was to fasten one of the many hats which the client has to a narrow luggage strap fastened over the back of his chair and also the same with his bed. The strap was placed under the hat-band which was sufficient to hold the hat securely.
Our client was able to get sufficient support to hold his head and was able to communicate more easily and begin to use assistive technologies. He also got to wear one of his favourite hats in bed!