DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY" ----- PURPOSE: To assist individuals with low vision who use powered wheelchairs in reaching elevator call buttons or buttons on the control panel for higher floors. This short cane constructed from parts of damaged canes can be constructed of spare parts from damaged canes and attached to the wheelchair using hook-and-loop strips. Cut a cane grip and shaft to 17 inches. Install a slip-over tip on the end of the shaft, increasing the length to 18 inches. Complete the tool b
--- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself utility reaching stick for pressing buttons for individuals with upper extremity disabilities. When navigating in small spaces such as an elevator, pressing buttons can be problematic. First, determine the length of the stick needed. The stick should be long enough to reach the highest elevator button for the elevator(s) most likely to be used, but not so long that it is difficult to carry. To determine how long the stick sho
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Long handled washcloth, sandwich or other item holder for persons unable to raise hands to face due to stiffness or weakness. Describes a holder made of aluminum with plastic end pieces and a steel spring to provide grip. Lists materials needed. Provides diagrams and photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. TITLE: Self-Help Devices for Rehabilitation REF: Dubuque, Iowa: Wm C Brown: p 64-66 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R3360 PAGES (including cover): 4 1958.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Simple devices and suggestions for locking and unlocking the passenger door from the driver's seat, holding doors open, putting things in the trunk, and supporting the right arm while driving. Suggests using a length of wood with a notch in the end for locking the opposite door, another stick to prop open the trunk door, a cane to pull things from the rear of the trunk, and padding a small wooden box with foam to rest the right arm on. AUTHOR: Lunt, S
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to enable persons who can't reach their feet to wash and dry their toes. Simple device consisting of a 1/2 inch diameter dowel 18 to 24 inches long, with a 6 inch slit up one end. A washcloth or towel is inserted into the slit and wrapped around the stick to use. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Grainger, S E TITLE: Making Aids for Disabled Living REF: North Pomfret, Vermont: Batsford: p 15 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1126 PAGES (including cover):
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Extender with a gripper on one end to hold a lipstick or powder puff for a person with limited arm movement. Device made with a length of copper or other suitable tubing flattened at one end and fastened to a plastic clothes pin with tape or rivets. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: Make it Cheap: Volume 3 REF: Middletown, Ohio: Independence Factory NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1183 PAGES (including cover): 2 1976.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Stick with hooks to assist in retrieving small items or to help with dressing. Instructions for making a utility stick. Uses a dowel, clothes pin and door hook. Suggested length is 18 inches but can be any length. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Occupational Therapy Service. TITLE: REF: Resource Sheet: Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, New York. .