Nov 302017
Head rest fitted to dining chair, wheelchair behind
Brackets with paper template
pic4 Brackets fitted to chair back
The client uses a wheelchair with a headrest to support her head, but wishes to use a standard dining chair while eating. A headrest is required to prevent potential choking.

The solution agreed was to add a bracket to the dining chair to allow the wheelchair headrest to be easily fitted when required.

Berkshire Panel Job BK2017/66.

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Nov 172017

BS 15/16-39 Holder for Electronic Magnifier

The client has very poor sight and uses an electronic magnifier to aid her reading. The unit is similar to a digital camera and has buttons to control on/off, magnification, colour etc. As she also has a problem with pain in her fingers she found that holding and operating the device for any length of time gave her pain. The requirement was therefore for a holder with a handle to enable the magnifier to be held without discomfort to her fingers.

A holder as shown was formed by heat-moulding UPVC plastic (taken from 100mm soil piping) around a wooden former. The magnifier slips into the carrier-slide element and by cutting a window in the front face and boring access holes into the casing the push buttons on the unit can still be operated whilst in the holder.


A single central pop rivet acts as a stop to prevent the Magnifier from sliding beyond the correct position whilst an elastic band attached to the hand strap holds the unit firmly against the stop; this is looped around the handle and fixes onto a stub. It can therefore be easily unhooked to facilitate removal of the Magnifier from the carrier for it to be recharged via the USB connection. The plastic element of the handle is an extension of the main plastic moulding with a piece of 25mm wood dowel used to complete the grip.

The client can now read her papers and books without pain to her hands.


Nov 152017
Clipboard in position

The client needs easy access to a call button to call for assistance at night when in bed. The client’s wireless button had been mounted on a bed clip board (as used in hospitals to identify the client and assigned hospital staff) and a firmer method of mounting on the bed side rails was required.

A pair of tool spring clips was bolted to the board to clip it firmly onto the tubular bed side rails.


Berkshire Panel Job BK2017/69.

 November 15, 2017  Posted by at 15:45 Beds and Bed Accessories Comments Off on BK2017/69 – Mount for night call button
Nov 132017
The problem 
The ramps in position

The ramps

Commercial ramps are not adjustable to suit the front door threshold. They cannot deal with the height difference inside (100mm) and out (175mm) and allow the door to be closed with the ramps in position.

Two new wooden ramps, one for outside and one for inside, made from 12mm ply and coated with non-slip paint. Each ramp is supported on two legs at the high end with wood reinforcing stiffeners in line with the wheelchair wheel track.


Berkshire Panel Job BK2017/63.

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Nov 092017
current position
Current situation
Two-piece light weight ramp installed
The ramp

The client’s carer is unable to move the client on his wheelchair from his bathroom down two steps into his bedroom. The ramp supplied is too steep for his carer to push the wheelchair up and a longer one will be too heavy to be moved to enable the bedroom door to be closed.

A light weight two-piece ramp with a non-slip surface was made.

Berkshire Panel Job BK2017/60.

 November 9, 2017  Posted by at 09:45 Manual Wheelchairs Comments Off on BK2017/60 – Special wheelchair ramp
Nov 022017
Back pack and half inflated cushion from Decathlon
Back pack and half inflated cushion 
Rucksack and shaped foam
Back pack and shaped foam
Backpack showing the moveable hook on a velcro strap
Back pack with hook in position
Client sitting against the backpack containing the air cushion
Back pack in use

The client has a protruding shoulder blade as a result of scoliosis which makes it very uncomfortable to sit in most chairs and required a solution that is discrete.

He was supplied with two aids: One was a foam cushion shaped to fit to the actual shape of his back. The second was an air cushion bought from Decathlon. Both are intended to go into a soft back pack which can either be worn or put on the seat between the client and the chair back. A hook which attaches to the back pack with Velcro to provides adjustment to ensure the back pack hangs on the back of the chair at the right height.

In order for the air cushion to mould itself to the client’s back and not to the shape of the chair (which could be too short or could include struts for example), a board was inserted into the backpack to provide a flat surface so that the air cushion would press against this uniform surface.

The advantage of the air cushion over the foam cushion is that it will adapt itself to almost any shape of back and therefore can be worn by anyone with a similar condition and is very quick and cheap to assemble.  A disadvantage is it can feel a bit wobbly. The foam cushion on the other hand requires carving into shape, taking time and skill, and is a bespoke product for that individual. 



Berkshire Panel Job BK2017/36.

 November 2, 2017  Posted by at 09:50 Equipment for Positioning, Standing and Walking Comments Off on BK2017/36 – Shaped back support