Sep 202018

Can anyone advise Steve please?


 A few years ago we developed a strategy for stair gates and room gates with our OTs and its now county wide.. The basic premise is of course we are engineers and not trained in the evaluation of risks and entrapment

Recently we came across a case to “ gate off” an adult. It seems to our investigation that this is well documented in care homes but not in ones own dwelling

 Has any panel got any experience that may help us


 Steve Bloor  Shropshire Case Manager




Sep 202018

David Rowlinson from Guernsey has contacted us for help.  Does anyone have any ideas which may help him? Perhaps he could find a local tradesperson to help if we supplied the ideas?

David is happy to be contacted directly if anyone can help.



I have a muscle wasting condition called Inclusion Body Myositis. My biggest issue right now is climbing stairs and getting up from chairs etc. I need a leg device which could hopefully assist with this.

thank you for considering.



Sep 202018

We have just received a self referred enquiry from a lady who has Charcot Marie Tooth disease  which manifests itself in her having badly deformed feet and she already has specially made insoles in her shoes to help her to walk. This is a progressive disease and she now needs new insoles plus ankle supports and to make anything suitable is beyond any skills we have in Merseyside.

Has anyone had a similar experience and can offer help/advice?


Tony Fennell (Merseyside)

Sep 122018

Anyone fancy taking this on at a distance?

An OT in Pembrokeshire has asked if we could make a small cover to go over the controls of a powerchair, to stop the child it belongs to from turning it on and off at inappropriate times. He’s happy to provide photos and measurements.

Please comment below or email Sophie if you’d be interested. Thanks all!

Sep 102018

We’ve had the following request from an OT near Scarborough. Is anyone able to help?

I am a family coordinator for a social care team in East Riding. I work with families who have children with Special Education Needs and Disabilities.  I was hoping you would be able to  help a young boy I am working with.

The child is 6 years old. He has been diagnosed with a condition that affects the shape of the skull. It affects this boys face where one side of his face is further out and the other is more sunk in.

This boy loves swimming but he had to stop as the next part of his lessons involved going under water. He is unable to wear standard children’s swimming goggles as water gets in the lenses due to the shape of his face. 

This boy would love to be able swim as he gets a lot of enjoyment out of swimming as well as gives him regular exercise and interacting with his peers.

If someone would be able to help get this boy back swimming we would all be very grateful.

If you’re able to help, please contact central office and we’ll put you in touch with the OT. Thanks all!

Aug 242018

It’s another Big Life Fix case for you all!

Mersey panel have had a request from a lady with cerebral palsy. She uses a wheelchair and communicates through her laptop.

She would like to be able to enter her own PIN into card terminals independently.

I believe the BLF team solved this using a mobile app and physically tethering the phone to the wheelchair with a very strong cable? I’m sure she’d be open to more low-tech solutions though!

Anyone want to take this one on remotely? Comments below please!

Aug 242018

Hi all,

I just got a phone call from a man who has lost his right eye (decades ago) and thus cannot see objects to his right hand side. He asked whether any device is available or could be made to allow his vision to extend to the RHS beyond his nose which obscures any objects more than about 45 degrees to the right of centre. His optician tells him there is nothing that can be done but, of course, it would be fairly easy to devise an optical device that would include RHS objects within the field of view of his left eye. However, high quality optical engineering skills would be required and this would make the manufacturing cost prohibitive. There is no way that 3-D perception could be obtained but only an increase in the field of view of one eye is required.

I explained that, although Remap has the skills to design such a device, we could probably not afford the manufacturing costs and he is unable to pay very much for it.

A quick internet search only turned up strategies for coping but not for increasing the field of view. Any ideas please from anyone?

Many thanks,

John Hill
secretary NE Wales Remap

Aug 062018


Derrick from the North Herts panel would welcome ideas to help with the following please:


I have a client who is a disabled new mum. She has very limited use of one hand and arm so is effectively one handed. She bought the Joie seat as it rotates making it easier for her to get baby in and out of the car. However this seat has a two part buckle, one part for each shoulder strap. It has to be assembled and held as one before plugging into the socket which is not rigidly mounted so the socket also has to be supported or held. Attached are photos of the buckle separated and assembled.


She was given a guide (T8) on one-handed parenting published by an organisation called Disability, Pregnancy and Parenthood in which REMAP is mentioned in the context of a removable support for the socket. However the illustration shows the two shoulder straps being plugged in separately so, whilst supporting the socket is one of problems, the more difficult one is assembling and holding the two halves of the buckle.


Any experience of this type of buckle or any ideas will be welcome.

 Derrick Bailes

North Herts Panel



Jul 302018

We have had a request from S Wales for a ‘one handed elbow reacher’.  I wondered if this was something that could be done remotely or if anyone knows of a commercial solution.

Unfortunately, the Gwent panel is very low on engineers due to health issues at the moment and trying to cover the whole of S Wales.  Any thoughts to me please




Dear REMAP, 10/10/17 I contacted your team  to say thank you for some excellent adaptations to crutches and kitchen tools completed by Gwent group.  I have been unable to get in touch with them, so I am asking if you can help with making a reacher that can be operated by pressing the handle with the elbow

see pictures for ‘one handed elbow scissors’ home made 3 weeks ago and work really well.

draft for ‘one handed elbow reacher’ attached, prototype made yesterday, it needs some improvements but I can pick up a shoe with it! I can’t manage that by hand because thumb-forefinger grasp too weak. 

Has REMAP made elbow-operated tools before? are they available commercially?  what do amputees use? I would be grateful for your advice,      many thanks



Jul 242018

Alan Catharine, Chair of Brighton and District, has had the following suggestion from a client for adding motorised armrests to an electric wheelchair. Has anyone had experience of anything similar?

Summary of difficulty: 

I am living with Motor Neurone Disease and have reached a point where I use an electric wheelchair, have no power over my legs and very little power in my arms or hands. My occupational therapist had supplied me with moveable arm supports to help with typing, playing the keyboard and eating/drinking. However, the apparatus supplied relied on a vertical post fitted to the back of the wheelchair, with metal arms coming forward and around the chair to my own arms. These are not only bulky but can stick a long way behind the chair if I move my arm or arms back. They also add width to the chair, making it difficult to pass through doorways. If I choose not to use the arms for a period, then they have to be fitted back on by someone else.

Details of need to be met:

I have been thinking that there must be a simpler and much more compact solution which could be attached to the chair’s own armrests and I have come up with a very outline design. It may well be that you have already encountered this problem and have a solution, but if not, I’d be grateful for any thoughts that you might have.

I suspect that this sort of aid might well assist those in wheelchairs with neurological conditions such as MS, Parkinson’s, MND or similar.

I have attached a very basic drawing (I can no longer draw by hand or write) to show the sort of thing I am thinking about.

Any replies please to Frank  with a copy to Alan Thank you!