May 222015

The client was a residential centre for disabled children who wanted a garden toy which involved moving water with as many interesting features as possible. “Activities” were constructed on weatherboard (OSB3) with a sump or tank in the base. Plastic half- round guttering was used mostly together with a tipping tray, funnel, tipping bucket, waterwheels, rain effect tray, bucket wheel and hand pump. This was fixed to a suitable wall in the playground.


Bristol Panel case reference 3\15-01

 May 22, 2015  Posted by at 17:12 Leisure Activities Comments Off on Water Toy/activity centre
May 212015
clip_image002Original wheel
clip_image002[4]New wheel as deliveredclip_image002[6]New wheels as modified
clip_image002[8]New wheels fitted

The client had been supplied with two commodes but, being only 4ft 9inches, she found the seats too high to use.

The commodes were fitted with large wheels so the seat heights could easily be lowered by installing smaller wheels. New wheels were purchased and modified to make the fitting method identical to the original. The seat heights were thus reduced from 49.5cm to 42cm.

A secondary concern was that the potty could only be removed from behind the chair which the user found inconvenient. The chair back was moved to the front and the arms repositioned and secured with cable ties to effectively reverse the chair and allow the potty to be removed from the front.

Berks Panel Job BK2015/16.

 May 21, 2015  Posted by at 11:32 Continence Comments Off on BK2015/16 – Reduce height of commodes
May 192015

Finished seat


Forming the seat cushion

Underside of seat showing screw height adjustment and plywood board tool tray

The client is an amputee and requires a wheeled seat to allow her to continue with her gardening.  The seat cushion needs to be custom shaped to suit the asymmetric amputation and have arms to help her to sit down and stand up.

The shape of the client’s bottom was taken using a bean bag made of a bin liner full of polystyrene beans.  The form of the beanbag was held by drawing a vacuum with an airbed pump while a plaster of paris mould was made.  A GRP seat was made and covered with foam padding and leatherette.

Berks Panel Job BK2015/01.


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Seat in use

 May 19, 2015  Posted by at 12:36 Leisure Activities Comments Off on BK2015/01 – Wheeled garden seat for amputee
May 112015
Activity stand in use
Activity stand in use

Activity stand 
Activity stand

A severely disabled child needs an adjustable stand to hold her toys so she can play with them while lying prone.

First thoughts of modifying a commercial over-bed table were dismissed after it proved difficult to source anything suitable. The tray is tilt adjustable, and includes screw-in eyelets and a string “washing line” to tether her toys. The height of the feet is a tight fit under the bed, which makes it very stable and secure.

Berks Panel Job BK2015/14.

Tray parts 1

Tray underside

Tray parts 2

Tray top

 May 11, 2015  Posted by at 08:30 Children's Equipment - Development and Play Comments Off on BK2015/14 – Activity stand for prone child
May 022015

The client has an aluminium folding ramp but when unfolded a hinge protrudes upwards and interferes with his wheelchair footplate. Special double-pivot hinges were made so that they sit flat.

Bristol Panel case ref. 4\15-05

image Before

image After

image hinge assemblies

 May 2, 2015  Posted by at 10:44 Powered Wheelchairs, Scooters and Buggies Comments Off on Portable ramp special hinges