---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a custom adaptation for an individual with weakness in his upper limbs. The individual was weakened to the point where he could manipulate his arm but could not lift the arm’s weight and therefore could not lift eating utensils to feed him self. A plastic sling is used to hold the individual’s arm, hung by a rubber bungee cord, affixed to an overhead arm on a swivel above the bed, and placed in a neutral position approximately an inch or so
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Aids in the inability to hold oneself upright while eating. Seat belt webbing, heavy thread and Velcro tape make up this device. COMMENTS: The sling positions one's arm in a way that creates a more upright position--better suited for eating.
---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself portable table for use with an individual with Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy who can no longer lift his arms to feed himself. A small table which folds flat was made from a 1/8 inch masonite. Three panels are all of the same width with one slightly longer than the other two. This creates a top for the table with the two other panels being used to fold out as “leg panels”. Small hinges and screws were obtained from a local
The SaeboMAS (Mobile Arm Support) is an arm exerciser designed for use by individuals with neurological or orthopedic conditions that exhibit proximal weakness of the upper extremity. This zero gravity arm exerciser facilitates and challenges the weakened shoulder and elbow during functional tasks and exercise drills, with the goal of maximizing function while increasing proximal strength. It allows the user to perform exercises with minimal compensation, and it supports self-care tasks such as
The Thomas Steady Arm is an arm support for feeding and a writing aid designed for use by children or adults with disabilities causing arm and hand tremors. This unit eliminates and/or significantly controls tremors by supporting graduated vertical, horizontal, and circular movements. The unit mounts to any table top (other than glass) or to a wheelchair. The user's arm is placed in a trough-style arm holder and secured with straps, and the unit's three tension adjusters are set to counter tremo