Robert Monk

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.

 November 13, 2017  Posted by at 17:14 Manual Wheelchairs Comments Off on BK2017/63 – Threshold ramp
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
Oct 052017
ramp support 1
Support bracket
ramp support 2 … located in place.

The client has a high rear doorstep requiring a long 7 foot suitcase ramp.  However it was found to bounce disconcertingly in use.

The ideal solution would have been to use the hinge bolts of the ramp to permanently attach legs. The client didn’t want such a solution, so a simple block with captive end brackets was created.


Berkshire Panel Job BK2017/17.

 October 5, 2017  Posted by at 11:58 Household and Environmental Fittings Comments Off on BK2017/17 – Stiffen suitcase ramp
Oct 052017
chew straps

The client has a compulsion to chew her clothing and needs a replacement sacrificial chew aid.

Two fabric slings were modified with quick release snap connectors like the type that are used on ID badge neck straps. The device can be worn around the neck with low risk as the connectors will release if pulled or if the wearer gets caught in it.


Berkshire Panel Job BK2017/46.

 October 5, 2017  Posted by at 11:37 Personal Care Comments Off on BK2017/46 – Sacrificial chewing aid
Oct 052017

The client is unable to reposition herself in bed and is at risk of choking on her own vomit if left unattended.

A detector was made using a water detector mounted on a plate and linked to the nurse call pager system. The system activates when a resistance of just over 4 M? is bridged across the detector wires. The client can now receive the vital care she needs quickly without having to have constant supervision.

Berkshire Panel Job BK2008/15.

 October 5, 2017  Posted by at 11:24 Personal Care Comments Off on BK2008/15 – Vomit detector
Oct 052017
image004 Drilling the hazel stick

image002 Drilling the antler
A finished walking stick

The client has suffered a stroke and would like to continue with his hobby of making walking sticks with deer antler handles while seated in his wheelchair and with the use of only one hand.

He requires to drill the irregularly shaped hazel sticks and the even more irregular antlers down the centre. The two parts are then assembled with a 8mm steel screw thread and spacer through the middle which is epoxy glued together.

A jig was made that could be set up in a Workmate by the client’s carer, consisting of two interchangeable tables to hold either the stick or the antler. A drill was mounted on a sliding table.

The stick is mounted on the first table between centres at the correct height using a selection of stepped bushes roughly the size of the stick and then clamped up with the three screws in a chuck motion. The drill is then pushed into the stick and the hole is produced central down its length.

The antler is mounted on the second table made of a Mole grip clamp mounted onto a heavy duty ball and swivel. The clamp can be positioned in any alignment allowing the antler to be drilled along its centreline.


Berkshire Panel Job BK2016/53.

 October 5, 2017  Posted by at 10:51 Leisure Activities Comments Off on BK2016/53 – Hobby workstation
Oct 052017
Chair armrest
Existing arm rest
chair grabrail in position
New grab rail in position

chair grabrail New grab rail

The armrest of riser armchair was used heavily during the client’s transition from wheelchair to armchair. He didn’t use the elevate function, but preferred to use his upper body strength to transition. His concern that the armrest lacked a good purchase.

The armrest was easily removed, and a handle and fixing bracket designed to fit snugly over the side panel. Clamp screws were added, but these were not required upon fitting. The bracket was made of recycled marine ply from a kitchen and a hardwood tent pole.



Berkshire Panel Job BK2017/42C.

 October 5, 2017  Posted by at 10:13 Household Equipment Comments Off on BK2017/42C – Modified arm of riser armchair