Apr 282014

The children, who all suffer from Cerebral Palsy, have special high chairs, with a large tray mounted on the front. The tray is used for various purposes, including the use of a simple keyboard for interactive use of a computer. Each tray needs to be adapted to the needs of the individual child. A cut-out is required in the front of the tray so the tray can fit around the child’s body. As the children’s arms tend to flop over the sides of the trays, it is necessary to mount padded restraints near the edge of the tray, again to suit each child. Custom brackets are required to mount the restraints. Remap are requested to modify three trays , all with custom brackets to mount the padded restraints in a position to suit the each child, and one with a deeper cutout in addition to the restraints.

The positions of the restraints, and the extra cut-out were specified by the OT and marked on the trays during the initial visit. A pair of handed brackets were made to suit each tray, using 0.9mm stainless steel sheet. The brackets were secured to the trays using 5mm nuts and bolts with load spreading washers against the plastic tray. The stiffening grid on the underside of two of the trays limited the positions for the bolts, necessitating a different bracket design for each for each tray.

Each child has a tray suitable for his\her needs


 April 28, 2014  Posted by at 13:06 Children's Equipment - Development and Play Comments Off on Trays for special chairs
Apr 282014

Client uses an over-chair table with 4 castors. The table is height adjustable but the lowest setting is 2 inches too high. The leg height is adjusted by putting a pin into a series of holes in each leg.

An additional hole was drilled into each of the 4 legs to permit the table to be adjusted to the required height.

Client can now use the table comfortably.


 April 28, 2014  Posted by at 13:04 Chairs and Chair Accessories Comments Off on Over-chair table
Apr 282014

A ramp was needed to enable people with learning disabilities to launch a skittles ball independently. Special rubber covered balls are used by the skittles team.

A ramp was constructed using pine batton, 6mm MDF and hardboard glued and screwed. Two fold-out arms that lock into place when hinged out prevent the ramp toppling sideways. The ramp is hence stable on rubber feet. A ball is placed on rails at the top of the ramp (a step prevents the ball rolling backwards) which can then be moved for aiming.

Members of the team can now play independently.


 April 28, 2014  Posted by at 13:03 Leisure Activities Comments Off on Skittles aid
Apr 282014

Patient with rheumatoid arthritis and severe water retention was unable to locate both her feet on the relatively small platform of the Harvest crane that she used to raise her into a standing position

A larger foot plate was manufactured. Because of client weight, due consideration had to be made to the strength of the new plate structure, which comprised 50×25 hollow steel section. Platform floor comprised 18mm plywood with carpet tile finish to provide a non-slip surface. An edging of standard copper tubing with 50mm insulation provided a soft edge.

The knee support bracket was also removed from the crane pillar, the exposed end being covered by suitable padding.

The client can now locate feet safely onto crane platform.

Carlisle & District

 April 28, 2014  Posted by at 13:02 Equipment for Positioning, Standing and Walking Comments Off on Mobile crane foot platform
Apr 282014

The client uses a wheelchair. The passage from her bedroom to the bathroom crosses the head of the stairs, and the top step is very close, such that a small error in turning the chair out of the bedroom risks a front wheel rolling over the step and the wheelchair tipping over.

There was no room for a conventional stair gate, so one was designed along the lines of a level crossing barrier. The main pivot was made from a tubular door stop and a coach bolt, and the remaining joints made from a brass butt hinge and two coach screws. Brass tubes and washers were used to protect the softwood members. The design was such that in the vertical (stowed) position, the three moving members folded into a stack onto the fixed vertical member, thus minimising the obstruction to the stairs. For maximum strength in the down position, the lower bar was braced against the side walls , while the upper bar was inset into the vertical member at the hinge end, and into a notched plate secured to the opposite wall at the other end. The client wanted the gate to match the pine doors and skirtings in the passage, so the gate was made from pine where available, and otherwise from suitably-stained spruce.

Gate in closed…                                                …and open positions.

Stair gate for wheelchair user 1Stair gate for wheelchair user 2









The client can now use her wheelchair upstairs without her previous fear of it tipping her down the stairs.


 April 28, 2014  Posted by at 13:00 Household and Environmental Fittings Comments Off on Stair gate for wheelchair user
Apr 282014

Client suffers from severe short-term memory loss following a motorcycle accident. Fridge and freezer doors are left open and an alarm system to respond to doors left open was requested.

Two identical door sensors and timer alarm systems were supplied. The door sensors were heavy-duty surface contacts type TZ45Y in which the normally open reed switches were changed for the normally closed contacts of type N95BT form C reed switches. The operating range of these sensors is 40mm. The timer units were based on universal timer modules type I-1 (Quasar Electronics), which can be set to give a delay of 1-180sec. in a time out from power-up mode. Packs of 10 rechargeable AA cells were used for providing the 12V supply and a battery charger was provided. Very loud sounders type N15CL were utalised to alarm if a door was left open for longer than 60sec., a battery test button was supplied which sounded the alarm when pressed if the batteries were OK. The sounders gave a very brief beep when a door was opened, this gave confidence that it was working. All part numbers above with the exception of the timer modules, are Maplin components. Circuit diagram, photograph, parts lists and operating instructions are included as separate sheets.

The client can be certain not to leave the fridge or freezer open.

Southampton and West Hampshire

 April 28, 2014  Posted by at 12:55 Household Equipment Comments Off on Fridge door alarm
Apr 282014

The client (aged 2 years) sometimes bangs her head without control. She now has a larger cot and the top rails and ends need padding. The padding must stay in place and the straps be tight.

The top rails of the cot were covered in 22mm pipe lagging. The ends of the cot were protected by 25mm foam pads covered in a cheerful, washable plastic fabric and secured outside the ends of the cot with webbing straps (see photos).

The client can sleep and play safely in her cot.

Southampton and West Hants

 April 28, 2014  Posted by at 12:53 Children's equipment - General Comments Off on Padding for a cot
Apr 282014

The client is a stroke victim, who uses a set of exercise pedals to exercise his lower legs and ankles. His feet slide out of the pedals. He requires something to restrain his ankles from sliding off of the back of the pedals.

The assembly was supplied with rubber ‘toe clips’ which were attached to the pedals with four screws. Lengths of 38mm wide heavy duty velcro were fitted to the pedals using the four screws (see photograph). The client was able to fix the lengths of velcro around the back of his ankles and this prevented his feet sliding off the pedals. The velcro was cut to size leaving an extra 50mm tab on the ‘outside’ length’; a 50mm piece of the opposite type of velcro was fixed to these ‘tabs’ to provide a convenient grip to enable the client to undo the velcro after use.

The client can exercise consistently and independently.

Southampton and West Hampshire


 April 28, 2014  Posted by at 12:52 Leisure Activities Comments Off on Ankle straps for pedals
Apr 282014

The client has a shower chair that she uses to transfer from her living room to her bathroom. She now needs a commode pan fitting underneath this chair. However, there are no runners or sliders to which a pan could be attached.

Since the shower chair is frequently sprayed with water, the solution to the problem had to be made entirely out of materials which would not rust or corrode.

A plastic commode pan was supplied by the O/T. A frame to hold this pan was constructed from aluminium angle, held together by stainless steel pop rivets. The central rod of these rivets (the end of which remains with the rivet when fixed in situ) is also made out of stainless steel, unlike the case of the more common aluminium pop rivets, where this rod is made of mild steel.

Runners to support this frame were made from aluminium angle, and attached to the side of the shower chair by means of supports which fitted over the chair side rails. These were then clamped together with stainless steel machine screws, thereby tightly gripping the chair sides. Hence no modifications whatsoever (such as drilled holes for attachment screws) were made to the chair.

In use, the pan is inserted into the frame from behind along the runners attached to the chair. The frame is sized so that when pushed forwards as far as it will go, the pan is in exactly the right position underneath the seat. After use, the frame can be pulled backwards to withdraw it. The runners are designed so that the frame can be almost fully withdrawn, but will still be retained by the runners. This allows the carer to then take hold of the frame with both hands, and remove it completely from the chair.

The client can use the toilet without transferring to a plumbed-in toilet.

Southampton and West Hampshire

 April 28, 2014  Posted by at 12:51 Personal Toilet Comments Off on Shower chair with commode
Apr 282014

The client has poor grip and has requested a cup-holder, mounted at the right height on the arm of her wheelchair so that she can drink comfortably with a straw.

A clamp was cut from a block of aluminium with a pinch screw to clamp it onto the tubular arm of the wheelchair. A 3″ long arm of 1/8″ aluminium was screwed to the clamp. the arm was bent over to form a level tray to which the cup-holder is pop-riveted. The cup-holder was adapted from an obsolete older model.

The client can now drink independently.

Southampton and West Hants

 April 28, 2014  Posted by at 12:49 Eating and Drinking Comments Off on Wheelchair cup holder