Nov 302015

Many clients lack sufficient grip in at least one hand to operate the brakes on their rollator.

If they have an adequate grip with the other hand, the brake cables can be paired through a ‘monkey face’ balancing plate to allow both brake pads to be operated from a single brake lever – see photo A.

Situations also arise where the client has insufficient grip in either hand. In the case of 3-wheel rollators, this can be solved by cutting one handle and inserting a bicycle gear change twist-grip, with the outer twist-grip component locked to the rollator hand grip and the inner scroll fixed to the portion of the handle that locks into the rollator frame. The cable leading to the balancing plate is attached to the inner scroll. Rotation of the handle by <10° is then sufficient to apply the brakes – see photo B.

It has been found that clients can use their rollators successfully and safely with this adaptation, and are not disconcerted by the relatively small rotary movement of the handle.

Bournemouth & District panel ref. 90/125


Nov 282015

Some autistic children have a compulsion to raid the fridge, which gives rise to a need for a child-proof lock that is easily controlled by the parents.

Fridge-freezers usually have provision to mount the doors on either side, so there will be a pair of unused tapped holes between the doors on the open side. These can be used to mount a base plate carrying a sliding hook that, when in the closed position, traps the corners of both doors. The sliding component is fitted with a short cap-head screw, the lower section of which is filed to a rectangular shape. This runs in a slot in the base plate and, in the ‘locked’ position, coincides with a hole of the same diameter as the screw.

With both doors closed, the hook is slid until it traps the doors, and the cap-head screw is given a quarter turn by means of an Allen key inserted through the gap between the doors. This prevents the screw, and the slider, from moving until the screw is rotated back to its free position.

This lock has proved child-proof with different children over a number of years, and has been found easy to use by the parents.

Bournemouth & District panel ref. 78/17


Nov 282015

Fitting gutters to a tea trolley is a common requirement. On the older-style Bardon trolley, this is easily done by attaching the upper sections of standard gutter crutches. However, these trolleys are unbraked, and clients with balance problems may have trouble controlling them. The newer Days trolley walker is supplied with brakes, but the position of the handles precludes attaching standard gutters.

The two requirements – gutters plus brakes – can be met because both the Days trolley and standard gutter crutches use 7/8” diameter tubing. The brake handles are removed from the trolley and replaced by the upper sections of the gutter crutches (after drilling an appropriate range of adjustment holes). The original Days handles, with the brake levers reversed, can then be fitted in place of the original hand grips from the gutter crutches.

With this combination, clients can remain mobile while supporting their weight but with the reassurance that the trolley cannot run away from them.

Bournemouth & District panel ref. A34/086


Nov 272015

There is often a need to fix pedal exercisers in relation to the client’s chair, to stop them travelling when in use. The problem can be solved by standing both pedal assembly and chair on a board. The example shown was made for use in a hospital, and so is adjustable to suit different clients’ leg length. For individual clients, it is usually sufficient to engage only the front legs of the chair.

Bournemouth & District panel ref. 23/043


Nov 232015

Clients with restricted finger movement or arthritis often have trouble operating the small ‘blister’ switches on bed controls. The solution is to clamp on a framework carrying extended rockers with plastic buttons (B&Q drawer stops) that bear on the blisters. The rockers are made of polycarbonate, and are usually transparent to enable any icons on the control unit to be seen.  They can also be colour-coded.

The same idea has been extended to the controls for a riser-recliner chair.

Clients find these much easier to operate as little or no manual dexterity is required.

Bournemouth & District panel ref. A45/039


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Nov 232015
Completed seat, lowered Completed seat, lowered, showing the seat remote control.
Completed seat, raised
Completed seat, raised,  showing the air pump and battery pack

trolley Trolley, without foam bumpers

The client uses a Mangar Booster Seat to get on the floor (eg. to play with her child) and then get up again.  The seat is inflated with a battery powered air pump.  She required a means to make the seat mobile.

A simple trolley was made.  The two larger 300mm wheels allow it to be moved my the user as for a hand powered wheelchair.  The air pump and battery pack are retained in the box with a Velcro strap.

Berks Panel Job BK2002/50.

Nov 162015

The client has an NRS bedrail (product code M48192) which is unsuitable for his weight and is not located firmly enough in the bed. He asked if it can be modified e.g. by fixing to the wall

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Bristol case ref. 8\15-05

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