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John’s shower chair

Posted 23 July 2019 in Stories

a smiling man looks at the camera

A man sits in a wheelchair and smiles at the cameraJohn had a visit from his local Remap volunteer. Here’s how it went:

In order to enable my new shower chair to navigate my small landing and narrow doorways, I’ve had to remove its push rings and foot plates, making it both narrower and shorter. The consequence is that the only way of moving it about is to proceed backwards, dragging my legs. This is slow and cumbersome.

So I contacted Remap, a charity that specialises in making items, or modifying existing items, that can’t be bought as standard products.

Remap Berkshire assigned John Morgan, a retired engineer, to design and make a compact foot rest. He first came up with an ingenious idea of using a piece of plastic drainpipe as a removable foot rest. However my floppy legs tended to slip off it.

Mark 2 was a wooden equivalent with a small platform on top.

This sparked an idea for a Mark 3, which is in the photographs. With this I can proceed forward with feet clear of the ground and quickly manoeuvre over the loo or under the shower, a much more satisfactory solution. The platform is hinged, so can be folded back when getting in or out of the chair, now being achieved using a transfer board.

The result is a sportier and easier chair to drive around, that fits through my restricted landing and doorways.

Do you have a piece of equipment that could benefit from the Remap treatment? Contact us! 

One response to “John’s shower chair”

  1. Shirley Bessent says:

    Thanks to one of your team, my daughter has a comfortable and perfectly fitting knee strap on the hoist we now use to get her out of bed. The strap passes behind her knees to encourage her knees to remain slightly bent. Her legs tend to straighten and knees lock when in a standing position which isn’t useful when in the hoist. A quick release button allows the strap to be undone quickly as the hoist lowers her into her roll – in shower chair. Thanks to your volunteer Alan the strap was made quickly and is very effective. A truly wonderful voluntary service. Shirley

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