Sep 302015
 

An elderly client was unable to get up unaided from the dining table.  Carers had to slide the chair away from the table (with client aboard) and then rotate chair & client sideways to enable him to stand.

A stair-lift chair was obtained and the offset boss cut and re-welded into a central position.  A robust metal chair had its back removed and a strong wooden base fitted.  The stair-lift chair was then attached utilising the original mounting plate; a long bolt secured the two parts to prevent separation when lifting the chair.

The 90 degree swivel feature of the original stair-lift chair was retained enabling the carer to simply press the lever to release the lock and assist the client to ‘walk’ his feet so rotating to/from the table.  The left chair arm was raised during rotation to prevent a pinch point between it and the table.

chair at table

chair at table

chair rotated out

chair rotated out

client sitting

client sitting

client at table

client at table

Hereford panel Sept 2015

 September 30, 2015  Posted by at 16:16 Chairs and Chair Accessories No Responses »
Sep 192015
 

The client is spinally injured C5 C6 and has no use of his fingers. He broke his neck l7 years ago following a fall whilst fishing.
He remains passionate about fishing, and has designed and had made a belt with a leather cup attached to help him to cast. However the tiny handle on the fishing reel is impossible for him. A modified handle he can manage is requested. He also feels the need for some form of braking on the reel for when the fish makes it’s initial bid for freedom.
(Some reels may have this feature, and might be adapted?)

SOLUTION

The client can forcibly wrap his left hand around the handgrip of a fishing rod, nestling the end of the rod in the leather cup mentioned above.

l. Multiplier spinning reel.
In this metal reel, the spool is driven by hand crank through a train of gears. There is a brake on the spool, applied by depressing a small knob.
Firstly, the brake engagement knob was greatly enlarged to enable it to be operated by a sharp blow from the right hand.
Secondly, the hand crank was discarded and replaced by the device shown in the drawing “Handle 2”. The wooden handle shown in this drawing could be eased into client’s permanently clenched right hand, nestling between fingers and palm and adjusted to the best inclination. The system was very promising after a dry run.
2. Direct drive metal reel.
The device developed above was adapted to this reel by simply making a shortened crank (item 3) which dispensed with the central drive hole. This item was then bolted to the metal reel.
3. Direct drive wooden reel.
With minor modifications, the hardware in item 2 was suitable for screwing to the wooden reel, to replace the original.

Bristol panel ref. 6\14-08

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 September 19, 2015  Posted by at 17:52 Leisure Activities No Responses »