Dec 312015
Window opener
The client struggles to open the uPVC windows of her flat because her condition does not allow her to depress the release button and turn the handle easily.

The tool is made from 22mm plastic tube and two Tee pieces. One Tee is passed over the window handle. The steel finger presses the release button on the window catch, allowing the handle to be turned.

Berks Panel Job BK2015/64

 December 31, 2015  Posted by at 15:44 Household and Environmental Fittings No Responses »
Dec 212015

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.

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Bristol panel case number 11\15-08

 December 21, 2015  Posted by at 14:54 Household Equipment No Responses »
Dec 212015


The client wishes to have wheelchair access from a utility room down two steps into the garage. The supplied briefcase ramp was too wide to fit in the door opening and would not allow the door to be closed with the ramp in position.

A 40 x 40 x 700 wooden batten was screwed to the wooden door sill, on which the upper end of the ramp rests. Two screws mate with two over-size holes in the ramp to stop it slipping when in use but still allow it to be lifted out when needed.

Berks Panel Job BK2015/63

 December 21, 2015  Posted by at 10:25 Household and Environmental Fittings No Responses »
Dec 212015
support, straps and bath_01

support, straps and bath

The client uses a monorail hoist but, because of his height and the low ceiling, the hoist cannot lift him high enough. The spreader bar was removed and replaced by two climber’s carabiners to connect the chest harness directly to the hoist, gaining 300mm.

The hoist can now be used correctly.

Berks Panel Job BK2015/57

 December 21, 2015  Posted by at 10:14 Hoists, Lifts and Lifting Equipment No Responses »
Dec 192015
BK2015-53-2  The client struggles generally with dressing, in particular putting on his socks, because he is unable to bend to any degree due to his condition.  The dressing aid supplied by social services required too much bending.  A commercial aid that would have suited (and similar in design to the one actually made) had poor reviews in regards to its robustness.

The device is made from a horse-shoe shaped metal ring, a length of 110mm diameter plastic waste pipe and a length of wooden dowel. The ring and pipe assembly is attached to the dowel by a pin which allows it to pivot. The dowel is approximately 1m long and can be held over the foot while the client is sitting, without any need to bend.


The sock is slid onto the plastic pipe with the heel at the bottom and only the toe section protruding.


The sock holder is slid along the foot, over the heel and part way up the calf before being pulled out of the way behind the leg.

The client is now able to put on his socks unaided.


Berks Panel Job BK2015/53

 December 19, 2015  Posted by at 12:04 Personal Toilet No Responses »
Dec 102015
IMG_3662 A child with Downs Syndrome cannot walk unaided.  At his Montessori school, he need to be able to select his own activity from where it is stored and take it to his table.

He requires a trolley to provide him with support and a means to carry the activity.

The trolley is sized to suit the activities of different sizes and the height matches his desk to make transfer easier. The trolley has four castors, with the rear ones able to be locked inline if necessary. The lower members of the frame are made from heavy wall pipe to ensure a low centre of gravity.

Berks Panel Job BK2009/15.

 December 10, 2015  Posted by at 14:35 Children's Equipment - Development and Play No Responses »
Dec 082015

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.


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Bristol panel case ref 8\15-01

 December 8, 2015  Posted by at 14:55 Beds and Bed Accessories No Responses »
Dec 082015
2006-11 - offroad rollator pic2
Off-road rollator
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The client uses a standard rollator to getting about on paved areas, but needs something similar for use on soft ground.

A large-wheeled tricycle type buggy was modified with the addition of rear outriggers made from the wheeled part of a Zimmer frame.

Berks Panel Job BK2006/11.