The client has arthritis and has difficulty in reaching and operating her window latch to open the window. A special opening tool was made as there were no commercial alternatives to suit. It was constructed from 22mm o/d aluminium tubing, sourced from a broom handle. This was bent using a standard plumbing internal bending spring and fitted with a wooden tee handle to aid turning. The opener end was a solid block of wood, bored to suit the window handle and was fitted with a steel angle bracket. By a combination of rocking (depressing the window button) then turning motion, the window could be unlatched.
Bristol panel case number 11\15-08
||Due to an injury a mother is unable to lift her baby into and out of her cot and so requires a fully opening cot side. The counter-balanced cot side can be opened and closed with minimum effort.
Berks Panel Job BK2005/11.
The client’s feet tend to slip off the side of his bed and what was needed was a small width attachment which can be pulled up 180 degrees whilst he is in the bed and then folded down 180 degrees for when he needs to get out of the bed. To complicate things there is an electronic leg lifter and then bed is a 4 section profiling bed so needs to be compatible with these in-situ devices.
A bed rail was fabricated from 28mm round tube, 25mm square tube and steel plate. The top part was hinged and could be lowered approximately 180 degrees from the vertical.
The bottom fixed part clamped to the client’s bed frame and was fitted with two 10mm diameter spring loaded locking bolts, running inside 15mm tubes with a threaded portion which attached to the bolt retraction mechanism. The latter comprised an inner square section tube with tabs, running inside the 25mm square tube, which connected to the threaded portion of the locking bolts. A lock release handle was attached to the inner tube. This could be operated by fingers or the hook at the end of the client’s “helping hand” tool.
The client can operate the bed rail without assistance from a carer.
Padding material on the rail was considered but the client and O/T agreed that it was not necessary as the client normally used a pillow as a buffer.
Bristol panel case ref 8\15-01