Just wondering if anyone has any additional ideas for a project we have currently. The situation is an elderly lady who side transfers onto a toilet seat which she wants to be padded for comfort. She transfers with some force too.
Original OT supplied padded toilet seat was soft enough – but very flimsy and the hinges would be very likely to break under side transfer. Investigation confirmed that the padding was on a backing of thin plywood about 4mm thick – so any brackets fixed to it, to locate it on the pan would likely pull through the plywood over time. The hinges secure into T nuts in the plywood – but the PVC covering is vinyl welded all around so they can’t be retrospectively fitted in other places without re-covering the seat.
We located and tried a couple of higher quality alternatives – but none of these have proven soft enough like the original. Currently, we are working on the following ideas:
- Silicone rubber moulding an entire seat ourselves. We have located a product that is mixed and poured at room temp – but don’t have any experience of this type of material, and wondered if anyone else did? This seems a lot of effort in creating the mould for something that might not work as well as we might hope.
- Creating a seat ourselves (or recovering the original once it has been modified to take T nuts) – but none of us have experience of welding PVC seams, which are needed for hygiene reasons. Anyone with experience of getting something like that done? Presumably there are companies who specialise in PVC welded products but we haven’t found any yet.
- Seeing if we can do anything to replace the hinges on the original with something far stronger that will hold the seat in position from the back in spite of the force from the side.
- Seeing if we can find something that will anchor into thin plywood strongly enough from one side, such as D nuts. Anyone any experience of those in material as thin as 4mm, or can suggest any alternative?
Ashley appears to have answered his own question with https://www.contactleft.co.uk . Why is it that Google manages to find nothing one day then exactly what you need the next. You may like to post the answer, I’ve ordered two lockable buckles now I have to persuade the client to let me have the strap for a couple of days so I can modify it.
Thanks for the comments
We have received the request below but unfortunately the Bath panel no longer exists. If anyone is willing to travel to Bath or can has any suggestions please reply to me
My daughter Laura, who is 9 years old, has absence epilepsy and she has about 150 absences per day and each time it happens, her head rolls backwards and sometimes it rolls so far back it is actually hurting her neck. At the end of the absence, she will lift her head back up again and carry on as normal. She is in every other way a normal girl who is in mainstream school but sadly her absences are becoming quite bothersome for her due to the extension of her neck.
What I think she needs is a support made of flexible material that will inhibit her neck from extending too far backward but will not stop all other neck movement. I have just gained consent from her neurologist in London to get something designed for her if possible. It would perhaps need to be worn like a sports bra but have some sort of device extending from it to support the lower part of her head.
18 months ago, we did meet with your Bath REMAP representative and he thought something could be designed. At the time, we had not gained the support from Laura’s consultant, so we did not pursue it, but now we have gained consent, I would really like to see if something could be done. I guess realistically, her measurements would need to be taken for the design person to work out the best way for a device to work effectively, therefore, they would need to meet her.
Let me know if you have some willing person in your organisation who may be able to help us. As I said I would be more than willing to meet any costs incurred.
I really appreciate your help.
Electronics advice needed by Essex North please
Essex North are making another Squeezie (we made 2 many years ago) and the clients still find them helpful. It is a device made from two air mattresses encased in a sailcloth bag the client gets in between the mattresses and air is pumped in and it gently squeezes the client, the school staff who use this want to be able to monitor the pressure used for each use. Pressure is fairly low and I’m thinking that with suitable sensor the whole session could be logged on to a laptop, so I need help with data logging and a pressure sensor, I guess actual pressure is not that important so calibration may not be essential. I also imagine when the client moves in the bag pressure will increase and decrease hence the data logging if we have a pressure reading at intervals it can be averaged and presented graphically. At present we have no electronics expertise in the panel so thought I’d ask for help. This is probably a case of I know what I want but not how to achieve it, commercially available sensors seem incredibly expensive.
Ashley Slater email@example.com
Richard Brown, Basingstoke is asking for help with this please.
Lucy is a young, very sociable lady who is a resident in a very special care home supporting young adults with complex needs and visual impairments. Her health issues mean that she now has to have all her meals pureed to a very fine degree. The meals are industrially produced and supplied in frozen packs. Her carers say:
‘Once, her favourite thing to do was going out for meals and to be able to choose what she would like to eat from a menu. She has little control in her life due to health needs but she always remained in charge of her meal choices. This is now an impossible task. Restaurants and pubs refused to puree meals and any technology we purchased would not puree her meal to a safe consistency. If our individual had a small battery operated portable puree machine than she could go back to what she loved most. She could join her peers in restaurants of her choice and enjoy days out without having to bring a flask from home which contains her ready pureed meals.’
This the wish, but the deeper problem is that even in the care home kitchens they cannot produce meals to the right degree of ‘puree’ particularly when the ‘wish list’ includes meats and other difficult foods. At present she is entirely dependent on the commercial supplies.
We are out of practical ideas on this one, does anyone know an answer?
Richard Brown – Basingstoke Panel.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01189 700100
Tom Bradley from the Gloucester panel would like some ideas about adapting a play station controller.
Has anyone any ideas of how to help Terry from Jersey?
I don’t know if you might be able to help me please, I’ve stumbled across your website by pure chance. I’m disabled with multiple sclerosis, have limited mobility, but still drive with hand controls.
I was driving using the steering spinner shown on this web page and also below: http://alfredbekker.com/product/tetra-grip-flat-steering-spinner-quick-release/ ,
but when I changed car I left the spinner in the old car because the buyer wanted it and I thought it’d be a good time to treat myself to a brand new one with new foam, however Alfred Bekker have told me that they’ve stopped making those spinners because it was apparently too hard/time consuming to fit the foam all around.
Their webpage (http://alfredbekker.com/product/tetra-grip-flat-steering-spinner-quick-release/ ) has never been updated and still shows an old product image, to Alfred Bekker’s discredit and to my frustration, they seem incapable of correcting the erroneous photo.
Having actually bought the spinner again from Alfred Bekker, what I actually got was the new version, it’s like the photo below, except it has foam around it, i.e., the same as what I wanted, except it doesn’t join up in the middle.
So I’ve got an idea. Maybe I can get somebody to join a new spinner in the middle somehow by welding or bolting some metal across the gap, and then once the gap is bridged, get the whole oval covered in some sort of durable/comfortable foam or handlebar tape?
What do you think? Is that a viable idea? And would you maybe be able to help me please?
Thanks and regards, Terry Leavis
David Martin has been asked for help from someone in Plymouth and the nearest panel is unable to help.
All I know is that she’s a double below knee amputee with lupus and a mum to 4. She wants a way to keep knee pads on whilst ‘walking’ on her knees and a way of fixing flippers to her stumps for swimming!
We’ve had a request through the Twitter about making a cup for a young man with autism – https://twitter.com/GrumpyCarer/status/798212421370318848
If anyone can help either tweet @GrumpyCarer or contact David Martin email@example.com