Jun 302014
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The client is a young boy who is unable to support himself on his legs and uses a Rollator to get about.  As part of his therapy, needs to exercise on a treadmill, for which handrails are required to support him.  

This free-standing design requires no modification to the treadmill and allows it to be removed for others to use.  The location of the hand rails can be moved to allow for the client’s future development.

The client can now exercise without assistance.

Berks Panel Job BK 2014/09


 June 30, 2014  Posted by at 10:49 Children's Equipment - Development and Play Comments Off on BK2014/09 Treadmill handrails
Jun 272014


This client had very limited strength in her upper body and wanted a table which had a reasonably large surface area but could be pushed aside rapidly if she wanted to vacate the seat. It also had to be fitted to a particular seating position of her powered armchair.


A steel hollow-section frame was constructed to support the table-top. The weight of the chair held the base of the frame securely. The frame has a vertical tube into which a steel bar (fitted to the underside of the table-top) slotted.

The table pivoted out of the way horizontally.


With a large surface area, the extreme unsupported end of the table-top required support, and it was designed to sit on the arm of the chair.


In operation, the client found it easy to pivot the table away from her.

(East Suffolk, SF2382, Oct 2012)


 June 27, 2014  Posted by at 21:42 Chairs and Chair Accessories Comments Off on Pivoting Table for Powered Armchair
Jun 272014


This client has had a stroke. He wants to be able to transfer himself from wheelchair to bed. He uses a motorised wheelchair, the chair has drive wheels which project beyond the width of the wheel chair seat, because of this, there is a gap between the wheelchair seat and the bed.

He is unable to use a conventional transfer board as he has no use of his right arm, wheelchair controls are on the left and he therefore needs to transfer on the right. Remap were asked if they could make a short transfer board which this client could use that would attach to the wheelchair and bridge the gap.



The board is provided with a metal “peg” that locates in the wheelchair arm support bracket and an additional support bracket at the front of the seat. To use remove the standard arm support and insert the support peg. The peg is tapered and long to help with location using the right hand-sitting adjacent to a mirror may help with alignment. Adjust the bed height to be just below the board and position the wheelchair so the board overhangs the bed. Transfer by sliding across.


(East Suffolk, SF2408, Aug 2013)

 June 27, 2014  Posted by at 20:46 Powered Wheelchairs, Scooters and Buggies Comments Off on Wheelchair Transfer Board
Jun 252014
Modified walker brake handle
The finished modification

The finished modifications

This elderly client had very limited ability to use his fingers to pull up on the brakes of his walker. He mainly used the walker by resting his knuckles on top of the handles as a support. This was fine when he was moving on level ground, but the walker tended to run-away on a down-hill slope. He wanted the brakes to be knuckle-operated and to work when he pushed them downwards. He hoped that the solution would not be too visually obvious to other people.


The brake handles were extended upwards by adding wooden platforms just alongside the top of the walker grips. Plywood inserts were manufactured and wooden members were glued and screwed to the inserts. The inserts were a push-fit in the brake handles, but were secured with two screws through the plastic mouldings.

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Testing the handles before painting

Testing the handles before painting


In operation, the modified handles proved to work well.


(East Suffolk, SF2423, March 2014)

 June 25, 2014  Posted by at 23:44 Equipment for Positioning, Standing and Walking Comments Off on Walker Brake Handles Modified
Jun 252014


Front view

Front view – before adding the leg-strap

Rear view

Rear view before adding the leg strap

This client was a wheelchair-bound mother with one strong and one weak arm. She had a 6 month old daughter, and it was difficult to lift her up onto the client’s lap without putting a considerable strain on the child’s arm.


The client requested a harness with handles so that the handles could be used to lift the child. A rear fabric loop was also needed so that the wheelchair lap-belt could be slipped through and prevent the child from falling off the client’s lap. Ideally, the solution would be suitable for use over many months, not just for a 6 month old baby.


A toddler walking aid in the form of a harness and reins was purchased as a basis for the lifting aid. This was heavily modified by adding two handles on the front, shortening the over-shoulder straps, adding a rear loop and adding a between-leg-strap to stop the harness lifting over the child’s head. The harness was reversed for this application with the intended front of the harness actually being used at the back of our modified version.

Several photos of the modifications

Slide-show displaying several photos of the modifications

(East Suffolk, SF2405, Dec 2013)

 June 25, 2014  Posted by at 23:09 Hoists, Lifts and Lifting Equipment Comments Off on Baby Lifting Aid for Wheelchair-bound Mother
Jun 252014
Camera Release Button

This client took excellent photographs from his powered wheelchair. He could line up the camera before the shot,  but a helper had to press the shutter-release button on his behalf because his fine motor control was not sufficiently good. He requested a large shutter-release button to connect to his Nikon camera.

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The camera has a socket which is designed for the purpose, and a cheap (around £5) electronic button was purchased from eBay. This was opened, remodelled and fitted in a new, large enclosure. A large button was manufactured to operate the original contacts.



Once connected to his camera, the large button operated the shutter and he could now frame and take his own images.

(East Suffolk, SF2409, May 2013)


 June 25, 2014  Posted by at 22:26 Household and Environmental Fittings Comments Off on Electronic Cable Release for a Nikon Camera
Jun 242014

As a Charity and a limited company Remap is governed by two main documents.  Our Articles of Association and our Operations Manual.

Articles of Association

The “Articles of Association” sets out the legal standing of the company as a company limited by guarantee.  It also contains our “Charitable Objects”, the purpose for which we exist and the boundaries within which we must operate.  The Articles of Association cannot easily be altered and any alteration requires the support of the voting members of Remap (the Panels).  Most members will not normally need to read this document.

Operations Manual

The Operations Manual is our working document and contains our operating rules and procedures as well as guidance on many aspects of panel operations.  All panel members should read at least Part A of the manual which contains the mandatory rules for Remap members.

These two documents can be downloaded in pdf format using the links below :-

Articles of Association Click Here

Operations Manual – please note this is currently under review and will be posted up shortly.

While the Articles are not usually altered frequently the Operations Manual is updated regularly.  If you have any suggestions for alterations please send them to the Remap CEO.

Additional Sources of Information

Details of many past jobs and articles of general interest to Remap members are contained within the Remapedia.  Past newsletters and requests for help from panels on jobs can be found in the Remap Newsletter .  If you want to post requests for assistance to the newsletter please contact the national office.

 June 24, 2014  Posted by at 15:30 Articles of Association, Operations Manual Comments Off on Remap Articles of Association and Operations Manual
Jun 232014

This client wanted to use a “Neater Eater” (a device to steady her hand as she fed herself). She wanted the device to be positioned higher than a typical table and to be able to remove and engage the support rapidly with the minimum of help.

Client sitting with the Neater Eater attached to the new lightweight table

Client sitting with the Neater Eater attached to the new lightweight table

A strong but lightweight table support was made from glued-and-screwed plywood. The hollow construction was reinforced in the two areas which held the Neater Eater‘s clamps. The support lifts off the client’s existing table easily, because it is held by a steel bracket sliding onto the existing table and a hinged leg to carry the weight of the ‘free’ end.

Strong but lightweight construction

Strong but lightweight construction

The client is now able to feed herself comfortably.

(East Suffolk, SF2402, May 2013)










 June 23, 2014  Posted by at 00:06 Eating and Drinking Comments Off on Lightweight Table for a “Neater Eater”
Jun 162014

Picture quality is important if images are to be used to promote Remap’s work and also if others are to be able to build upon previous work.  They are a most valuable contribution to the growing body of Remap knowledge and preserve your work and ideas so that others can benefit from them.

Including People

For the majority of Remap purposes, what matters most is the human story behind each Remap project. Invariably, some aspect of the client’s life is improved. It might be a simple daily task that is made easier, it might be some leisure activity they have longed to enjoy but haven’t been able to until Remap came along. Ideally, pictures ought to reflect the client’s pleasure in their new capabilities. Sometimes this is impossible – the client might not want attention drawn to whatever it is they had difficulties with and their wishes are paramount.

The key to success is variety of pictures. You should always aim, first of all, to get a picture of the client looking happy, without worrying whether your device is in the picture – a broad smile always makes a positive impression and attracts attention the reader’s attention. The importance of this cannot be overstated – what viewers of the material most need to know is that Remap makes people’s lives better  – and the material they see must underline this. It is a key reason why the National Office prefer to use professional photographers for pictures to be used in publicity. They are skilled in making subjects feel relaxed. This enables the clients to move swiftly from feeling nervous about having photographs taken to a state where they can express visually the pleasure they feel in what the Remap panel has done to improve their lives.

Once you have taken these person-centred photos, by all means move to the pictures showing the device you have made. Ideally these pictures should show both the person and the device, but they can be separate. The important thing is variety. Getting lots of pictures can be tricky. It often seems intrusive, and embarrassing to request. It is useful in these circumstances to tell clients that photographs of projects are hugely helpful in explaining to others what Remap’s capabilities are and that if you take lots of pictures there are bound to be some which are really good, even though many will not be. The key thing from Remap’s point of view is to paint as broad a picture as possible of the benefits Remap has brought to the client’s life.

It is important to involve as many people as possible. If there is an OT or other health professional concerned with the case, it is very valuable to get a picture of that person – on their own and along with the client. It all adds to the versatility of the pictures.

If you believe the project is a particularly interesting one and you do not feel confident about taking photographs, do please contact Paula Allchin or Adam Rowe at the National office.  They will be able to give you special advice, or even get a professional photographer to help you out. Good pictures of the work Remap panels do are really that important.

If pictures are to be used other than for Panel records and they include clients or other recognisable individuals, the subject’s permission to use the photographs must be obtained.   This is extremely important.  Remap cannot use a case study unless it is clear from the outset that the client, and their parents or carers where appropriate, are happy for the case to be publicised. A Remap form giving a broad consent to publicity can be found HERE.


Most film cameras other than “disposables” will produce prints adequate for this site.  Ideally prints should be on the larger of the two sizes usually offered by processors (7 x 5″).

Most digital cameras should also be OK as long as the camera is capable of at least 1 megapixel resolution.  For cameras below 2 megapixel sensor size set the camera to take pictures at its highest resolution and best quality (Usually called something like “Large” and “Fine”).

Cameras in mobile phones will possibly just about manage images for this web site but  it doesn’t matter how many megapixels they claim – the lenses are usually simply inadequate and camera shake too obvious unless the light levels are very high.

Image Size

Many digital cameras now produce large image sizes.  These huge images are wasted on web sites where the effective resolution is that of the viewing screen, normally 96 Pixels (Dots per Inch (DPI)).  Large images also eat up server storage space and make pages slow to appear for people looking at the site.  Aim to have images with no more than about 800 pixels on their longest side unless it really does  need to be bigger.  Maximum file sizes should be 500k – 1MByte unless it is really necessary to have larger.

Software to resize large images includes (free) Irfan View


or “Free Photo Resizer” http://download.cnet.com/Free-Picture-Resize-Starter/3000-12511_4-10297789.html  (If anyone has any other favourites please let me know)


Please take care when you are composing the photograph to look at the background.  The human eye and brain are very good at filtering out what they don’t want to see when viewing a scene in 3D but much less good when it’s in a photograph.  The swirling green and red Paisley carpet may be Mrs Smith’s pride and joy but doesn’t do anything for your picture of a wheelchair foot taken with carpet as a background.

Try to avoid background clutter which is distracting.   Don’t be afraid to request that items should be temporarily repositioned to make for a picture which focuses on the important things.

The Rule of Thirds

When composing a picture a more pleasing effect is usually obtained if the subject is not placed in the centre of the image but at a point 1/3 of the frame from the edge.  This can be from the top, bottom or sides.  The point to place the subject is shown by the dots below at the intersection of the 1/3 lines.

In the photos above and below the subject is placed in the centre of the frame, a typical “snapshot”.

In this pair (above and below) the subject  is moved to one of the “thirds” points.  The result is better composition (although the model had nodded off while waiting for the picture to be taken).

 June 16, 2014  Posted by at 17:52 Photography for Remap Comments Off on Guide to Photography for Remap
Jun 162014

Remapedia was originally developed using a Wiki based application. Unfortunately development of the base application made it less suitable for our use and at the same time other applications developed in a direction which suited us. In particular the very popular blogging application WordPress became more popular as a content management system (in its stand alone version – not that hosted commercially at WordPress.com). Remap has been using WordPress for the Remap Newsletter for some time now and it has proven to be reliable and easy for authors to enter information so we adopted it as the platform for Remapedia.

The idea of Remapedia is to allow Panels to enter their own projects and illustrations.  This removes the inevitable bottleneck which occurs if material has to be sent to a central point for entry.

Before being able to enter new projects you need to obtain a login name and password to give you editorial access. However, no registration or login is needed to read any part of the Remapedia).  You can get a login from Ian Midgley (ian@remapgroups.org.uk)

Preparing Information

WordPress allows information to be prepared and entered in a number of ways and users can chose the one that suits them best. It can be entered online using the WordPress built in editor or it can be prepared off line using a local text editor. Generally our users of the newsletter have found it is easier to use the second method for preparing articles as it is easy to save local copies and work on them over a period of time.

Please bear in mind that what you write in any editor and what appears on screen may not be quite the same so you may need to learn the idiosyncrasies of your chosen editor.

A number of available free editors are listed below at Annex A, try as many as you wish however, for Windows users Windows Live Writer is the recommended first choice and the one covered in these instructions. If there are any Mac or Linux users or Windows users who use different editors I would appreciate it if you could let me know your experiences with those editors and how to install them.

For Mac users the only free editors are the Firefox browser based ones

Installing an Offline Editor- Windows Live Writer

These instructions apply to Windows Live Writer (WLW). Two versions of Live Writer exist which have different layouts. The first is for Windows XP, the second version is for all later operating systems (including Windows 8 even though it says only up to 7). CAUTION – when installing Live writer it comes as part of a “live” package with a variety of other applications you may not want. Make sure you de-select those packages you don’t want after the initial loader is downloaded.

Setup Windows Live Writer 2011

Before starting this please email me for a login name and username to allow you to edit the trial Remapedia contents.

Time required to set up Live Writer 8-12 minutes

Download the Windows Live Writer 2011 setup program.

Select “Choose the programs you want to install.”

Uncheck everything except for Writer. Click Install. You’ll be prompted to restart your computer once the install completes.

Note: Please be patient while waiting for the install process. It can take several minutes to install Writer.

Once you have restarted, you can find the new program in your Start Menu. Go to All Programs > Windows Live > Windows Live Writer.

When you start Windows Live Writer for the first time, you’ll be prompted to configure the program to connect to your blog.

  • For “What blog service do you use?”, select WordPress (Or “other blog type” in the XP version) and click Next.
  • · For “Add a blog account”, enter the Remapedia blog address of www.remapedia.org.uk your user name, and password, then click Next.

Once you select your blog type, you’ll be prompted to allow Live Writer to detect you blog theme, click Yes. (This feature will allow you to view your blog post like it’ll look on your blog before publishing.)


The final screen should say “Your blog has been set up.” If you’d like, you may edit the Blog nickname before clicking Finish.

Now, you should see an [untitled] post screen. On the Home tab, your Blog nickname from the previous screen will appear next to the Publish button.

Adding Plug-Ins

Plug-ins are small programs designed to extend the functions of the base program. Livewriter will work perfectly well as it is, however, if you want to add files as downloadable links (for example a downloadable CAD file or a download of some software you have written) you will need to add  a plug-in to allow you to do so. You do NOT need to use this just to add pictures

Unfortunately Microsoft has abandoned Live Writer so you cannot add them through the built in function.  Instead go to http://insert-file-plugin-for-windows-live-writ.software.informer.com/  and download the Insert File Plug-in. The file you download should be called insertfileplugin.msi  once downloaded run it and it will install the plug-in to Live Writer.

Once the configuration is complete, you can start writing new articles using Windows Live Writer. Just type in your blog post title and content in the spaces provided, and use the formatting buttons as you normally would. Adding images is easy using the icons or links on the right hand side of the Windows Live Writer window. You can select a category using the dropdown menu at the bottom of the screen. PLEASE – make sure you always select one, and only one, category for each post. This will normally be the Hamilton Index category which you will find in the categories box.

You can save work as a “Local Draft” (found in “File” on the menu bar) until you are ready to post it which you do by pressing the “Publish” button.   You can also retrieve files you have posted for editing if you want to add to them or alter them after posting.  You can’t delete files using Live Writer.

Layout for entering Jobs

The prescriptive form layout of the old yearbooks made the descriptions rather stilted. There is no form layout in the new system but it is suggested you follow the sequence of describing the problem-describing the solution and then illustrating the solution and describing the benefit the client gained. There are examples already on the site which you can follow.

Preparing Pictures for use

Before using pictures on the Remapedia PLEASE make sure you have prepared them so they are at an appropriate size and resolution for the web. If people upload large numbers of multi-megapixel photographs the site will become very slow and we will run out of server space. Live Writer has a facility where if you load a large picture you can reduce its displayed size using normal corner scaling handles. This won’t reduce the file size however.

Most pictures should be at no more than about 800×600 pixel size (usually less) and a resolution of 96DPI. This should give you images no greater than about 500k in size.  Please don’t post multi-megabyte images. To prepare pictures use either your normal photo editing software and look for a “save for web” or similar option or use one of the many photo resizing programs around such as Irfan View or “Free Photo Resizer” http://download.cnet.com/Free-Picture-Resize-Starter/3000-12511_4-10297789.html (If anyone has any other favourites please let me know).  More information on photography for Remap can be found at http://remaponline.org.uk/remapedia/2013/04/technical-guide-to-photography-for-remap/

Embedded Video

The new system should also accept video sequences in posts, I haven’t tried this yet but again try to keep the file sizes down to the minimum necessary.


When adding more than one post per session DO NOT (in Livewriter at least and probably other editors) delete old text and enter new, always go to the menu and select “New Post”.  If you fail to do this the text from the previously entered post will be overwritten as WordPress keeps track of pages by its own numbering system not by titles and thinks you have edited your last post, not started a new one.  This internal numbering is useful as it allows you to have a number of separate posts with the same title.  If you inadvertently edit rather than restart a post the older overwritten text can usually be recovered so if you have lost a significant body of work please contact Peter Parry.

Annex A

Available Editors

The following offline editors can be used to prepare work for entry into the Remapedia.


· Blogo

· Ecto (Commercial – costs $20)

· MarsEdit (Commercial – costs $40)


· Windows Live Writer (Free) users from XP to Windows 8. Note there are two versions, one for XP and one for later operating systems, make sure you chose the right one)


· Raven (Free but has not been updated for a while)

· Microsoft Word (2007 or newer)


· BloGTK (Free) http://blogtk.jayreding.com/


· Scribefire (Firefox Add-on) Free, http://www.scribefire.com/

· Shareaholic (Firefox Add-on) Free, https://www.shareaholic.com/tools/firefox


Live Writer instructions have been given.  For others you are on your own (and please, if you use any others send me details of how you managed).

Some Editors will ask for something like an XML-RPC (or API) endpoint, which will be your blog domain followed by “xmlrpc.php". This will be :-


Any desktop application will also require a username and password – this is the username and password that you will have been provided with to login to WordPress.com.

 June 16, 2014  Posted by at 16:32 Remapedia Help Comments Off on Preparing material for Remapedia