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Charlie: Our thoughts about Charlie

  1. 1. Performing daily activities Our thoughts about Charlie
  2. 2. OPENING DOORS AND WINDOWS Thinking about...
  3. 3. Problems with doors and windows •  Opening windows for Charlie will be particularly difficult for Charlie if: •  Opening mechanisms are located high on the window, or are tight. •  The window opens out or up further than he can reach from a seated position. •  The route to the window is obstructed by furniture or other items. •  In contrast, the biggest problem for Charlie with opening the front door is likely to be reaching it in time. In both cases, the main difficulty is with having complete control over the home environment.
  4. 4. Enhancing Charlie’s control of the home environment ‘Stand alone’ solutions •  The front door could be fitted with an intercom and automatic door-release mechanism.
  5. 5. Enhancing Charlie’s control of the home environme<>nt ‘Stand alone’ solutions •  The front door could be fitted with an intercom and automatic door- release mechanism •  Windows could be fitted with motorised opening and closing devices
  6. 6. Enhancing Charlie’s control of the home environment ‘Stand alone’ solutions •  The front door could be fitted with an intercom and automatic door- release mechanism •  Windows could be fitted with motorised opening and closing devices Integrated solutions •  Environmental control units use infra-red or radio signals to remotely activate a wide range of devices.
  7. 7. Enhancing Charlie’s control of the home environment ‘Stand alone’ solutions •  The front door could be fitted with an intercom and automatic door- release mechanism •  Windows could be fitted with motorised opening and closing devices Integrated solutions •  Environmental control units use infra-red or radio signals to remotely activate a wide range of devices. •  The Disabled Living Foundation provide comprehensive information regarding the varieties of environmental control units available.
  8. 8. REACHING HIGH SHELVES Thinking about...
  9. 9. Reaching higher •  Before his accident, Charlie would have been able to reach most items simply by standing; and the option to move from sitting has advantages for pressure care. •  Several wheelchairs now include the option of a lifting seat, including: o  Powered chairs with a vertical lifiting option (e.g. Sunrise Medical's Quickie F55). o  Chairs with a 'sit-to-stand' facility: §  Manual (e.g. Lifestand's LSA Helium). §  Powered (e.g. Etac's Finesse 290).
  10. 10. Lowering the shelves •  Whilst outside the home, Charlie would benefit from being able to gain a standing position, he may be happy at home to remain seated, if he can make the items on his shelves more accessible. •  Whilst we could not locate any designs specifically for dealing with this task, the following options may be suitable: •  A bespoke adaptation to Charlie's shelves by the charity Remap. •  Making use of kitchen shelving options such as the Granberg series supplied in the UK by Mountway (seen on the next page).
  11. 11. Click here for Mountway website Click here to watch on Youtube Granberg Kitchen Lifts (NB - No sound)
  12. 12. An electronic assistant (El-E)? (Choi 2009; Kemp 2010) Click here to watch on Youtube
  13. 13. HOME AND GARDEN MAINTENANCE Thinking about...
  14. 14. •  What options are available to enable Charlie to clean the home independently? •  Could any of these options assist with other domestic activities? •  What options are available to enable him mow the lawn independently? •  What other technology could assist him with gardening? Domestic and garden tasks
  15. 15. Cleaning floors •  To an extent, Charlie would be able to be more independent in cleaning floors if he was able to access a more lightweight cleaner that he could use from his wheelchair: •  The Dyson DC59 is a small but powerful hand held vacuum-cleaner that Charlie may be able to use easily from his wheelchair (see here for Which? review). •  However, it may still be difficult for Charlie to access some places this way. Perhaps robot technology is the answer? •  The Dyson DC06 still has not been released. •  However, the Roomba and Scooba robots are well- established. •  The Moneual's Rydis H67 robot has been released in the US, which both vacuums and dry mops. Domestic and garden tasks
  16. 16. Mowing the lawn •  Charlie's lawn is probably too small to justify a ride-on mower. •  Therefore, the options available for Charlie to mow the lawn are similar to those for cleaning floors: •  He could use a self-propelled mower - perhaps attached to his wheelchair. •  Remap may assist in designing such a feature. •  An easier option, though, may be to use a robot mower e.g. the Robomow or the Tango E5. •  Some more links for gardening tools adapted for wheelchair users can be found here. Domestic and garden tasks
  17. 17. SOCIALISING WITH OTHERS Thinking about...
  18. 18. •  One means of helping Charlie to overcome his sense of social isolation would be to remove the need for him to leave home in order to interact with others. •  Whilst traditional phone systems would possibly help in this regard, a home computer system with broadband would allow him to: •  Communicate with webcam as well as audio (e.g. Skype). •  Engage in online social networks (e.g. Facebook, Twitter). •  Participate in multi-player online games (some examples here). Technology within the home
  19. 19. Online Dating •  One way that Charlie could use technology to meet people is through online dating websites. •  There are even sites specifically designed for disabled people – which may help alleviate the stigma. •  Channel 4 has produced a number of series exploring issues around relationships and disabilities; called ‘The Undateables’ and ‘ Sex on Wheels’ Sex Aids •  There are some websites which specialise in sex aids for people with disabilities e.g. Spokz. Sex and Relationships
  20. 20. GETTING OUT AND ABOUT Thinking about...
  21. 21. •  Since his accident, Charlie has relied on public transport if he wishes to travel very far - but this is quite restrictive. •  An obvious alternative would be for Charlie to have access to a motor vehicle that can be driven by a wheelchair-use. •  Directgov have provided a useful introduction to the subject of adapting a vehicle to meet the needs of disabled people, which includes links to more detailed information regarding the process. •  Alternatively, Charlie may prefer to make use of his motorbike license, and access a vehicle such as a Nippi scooter. Everyday transport
  22. 22. •  Charlie's history suggests that he would probably prefer to be able to get much further than the local shops; and it would therefore be worth considering transport suitable for rougher terrain. •  Suitable equipment may allow him to return to similar outdoor work to his previous job as a Park Ranger. Rough Terrain Swiss-Trac add-on to a manual chair Click here to view on YouTube
  23. 23. Off-road options •  All-terrain powered wheelchairs (e.g. Fieldmaster)
  24. 24. Off-road options •  All-terrain powered wheelchairs (e.g. Fieldmaster) •  Other options (see the Wheel Life Guide): •  Add-ons to manual wheelchairs (e.g. Swisstrac; Lomo Off Road Wheel) •  Buggies (e.g.Tramper; Modul’Evasion)
  25. 25. Off-road options •  All-terrain powered wheelchairs (e.g. Fieldmaster) •  Other options (see the Wheel Life Guide): •  Add-ons to manual wheelchairs (e.g. Swisstrac; Lomo Off Road Wheel) •  Buggies (e.g.Tramper; Modul’Evasion)
  26. 26. Off-road options •  All-terrain powered wheelchairs (e.g. Fieldmaster) •  Other options (see the Wheel Life Guide): •  Add-ons to manual wheelchairs (e.g. Swisstrac; Lomo Off Road Wheel) •  Buggies (e.g.Tramper; Modul’Evasion) •  Off-road trikes (e.g. the Molten Rock Boma)
  27. 27. Stairs There are even wheelchairs which can climb stairs currently in development ...
  28. 28. And Finally... •  The Conquest 1200 motorcycle will carry a manual or a powered wheelchair. This may be a good option for Charlie, enabling him to: •  Travel outside the home for everyday tasks (e.g. shopping, socialising). •  Gain access to off-road leisure activities (perhaps using other devices mentioned earlier). •  Consider a return to his previous career pathway. Click here to watch on YouTube

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