Feb 252018
 
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Rails at top of stairs …
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… and with board in place
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Bottom of stairs
A mother of three autistic children requires robust gates at the top and bottom of her stairs to prevent falls. Standard stairgates for toddlers are not high or strong enough.

A pair of rails have been fitted at both the top and bottom of the stairs. A simple plywood board is located in one of the pairs of rails as required. There are no hinges or catches; it relies on the friction in the slides to prevent unauthorised use.

Berkshire Panel Job BK2018/19.

Berks.CaseOfficer@remapgroups.org.uk

 February 25, 2018  Posted by at 12:43 Children's equipment - General Comments Off on BK2018/19 – Stairgates
Feb 252018
 
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Platform configured to provide lower height
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Platform in raised configuration
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ReTurn in normal use for comparison

The ReTurn aid is used both for transfer of children from a sitting position, but also as a physio aid to stretch their ligaments and improve posture. The users come in all sizes, with corresponding differences in their support wheelchair and school chairs.

The requirement was to provide an adjustable height modification to the ReTurn aid, including heel support to help promote a flat footed posture.

On trials, it was determined that only two different heights would be required. A nesting set of two block platforms was developed, attached to the ReTurn platform via a cross hatched Velcro scheme to allow fore, aft, and lateral adjustments without the need to ensure the male and female strips where aligned on top of one another.

In the stacked configuration, dowels force correct location, and two over-centre clamps ensure rigidity.

The back plate is removable, both to allow ease of use, but also to accommodate the 180 degree placement of the upper platform when stacked.

Two eyehole brackets and clamps provided to allow the standard restraint strap to located higher when the block platform was in use.

 

Berkshire Panel Job BK2018/03.

Berks.CaseOfficer@remapgroups.org.uk

 February 25, 2018  Posted by at 11:48 Children's Equipment - Mobility and Support Comments Off on BK2018/03 – Modify ReTurn sit-to-stand aid for child
Feb 152018
 
IMG_0950 Small The standard commodes available are of the wrong height for the client’s toilet bowl and, because she favours one side when getting up, tip over sideways. The tiled floor and under-floor heating mean that the commode cannot be bolted down.

The wheels were removed from an otherwise suitable standard commode and feet added. The feet were bolted to aluminium plates to increase the sideways stability.

Berkshire Panel Job BK2018/13.

Berks.CaseOfficer@remapgroups.org.uk

 February 15, 2018  Posted by at 10:13 Personal Toilet Comments Off on BK2018/13 – Adjust height and stabilise commode
Feb 152018
 
DSCF7541 The client struggles to get up from a wheeled garden seat when gardening. The handles on the seat are too low and the seat moves sideways when getting up.

A pair of free-standing handles provide the required height and their bases act a brakes on the seat.

Berkshire Panel Job BK2018/18.

Berks.CaseOfficer@remapgroups.org.uk

 February 15, 2018  Posted by at 10:05 Leisure Activities Comments Off on BK2018/18 – Handles for wheeled garden seat
Feb 062018
 

Client is a 9 years old with joint problems, they cannot bend down to pick things up and has weakness in wrists and hands. They have tried 2 different sorts of “pick up sticks”, neither useful as mechanical system offers to much resistance.

So I decided it would have to be some sort of electromechanical system. After a little thought I decided a Robot gripper (used by amateur builders of robot arms) would be a suitable solution. This was sourced from the internet. Next was a suitable power source, I decided this should be easy to maintain so I pressed into service a USB power pack as this would be easy for the client to charge.

The whole assembly was made from plastic electric conduit, and after fitting two switches (one to open, one to close) with a suitable circuit the unit was up and running.

The client used it first time with no problem and was able to pick up and pencil with ease and later a heavy pepper grinder.

  

 

  

 February 6, 2018  Posted by at 16:17 Household Equipment, Uncategorized Comments Off on Power Assisted Picker