Jul 102016
Typical walker-trolley
Trolley wheels 
Modified wheels
The client has motor neurone disease and uses a walker trolley to get around the house, but finds the brakes are not good enough to provide the required stability. 

It was found that the poor braking ability of the trolley was caused by the low grip between the wheels and the carpet.  The two braked wheels were replaced by wooden ones with ribbed rubber tyres glued and stapled in place.

Berkshire Panel Job BK2015/38.


Jul 082016
Crelling harness
Harness for use in vehicles
Harness rear
Harness for use while walking – rear view …

Harness front
… and front

Client is a very active adult with learning difficulties and uses a Model 28 Crelling restraint harness when travelling in a vehicle (in addition to the normal car seat belt) and a separate harness while walking (for the carer to have something to hold for guidance). The OT asked for a single harness for both duties.

After discussion, it was agreed to use two harness, as at present, but make them easier to use. 

Three Crelling harnesses for use inside vehicles were modified with quick-release buckles to allow them to be fitted more easily to any vehicle. 

A new harness, using a standard load-bearing vest (as used by soldiers and paint-ball enthusiasts), modified by adding webbing straps to the front and back for carers to hold, for use while out walking.  The harness is thin enough to be worn inside a vehicle underneath the Crelling harness.

Berkshire Panel Job BK2015/58.


Jul 072016
ramp in position
Ramp in position
ramp folded
Ramp folded 
The client uses a Symmetrikit chair which has an unusually wide footprint and so standard threshold ramps are not wide enough to be used to allow her to pass through her patio doors into the conservatory.

A light weight folding wooden ramp set was made.  It is light enough for the client’s carer to lift it into and out of position to allow the patio doors to be closed.

Berks Panel Job BK2016/29.


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