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Technical Aids for Quadriplegics Part XIII

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

We Quadriplegics (Teddys) Love Tootpaste Tubes!

Every morning starts with the spirited bite into the screw cap.

As long as the tube is still full you can manage to get something out most of the time, even without finger function. However, at some point you don’t need coffee anymore for breakfast because proportional to the decreasing amount of toothpaste left in the tube the blood pressure rises.

You all know those plastic clips for sealing bags (see older post).a>

Mit dem Klip kann ich die Tuben jetzt recht gut festhalten

Now with this clip I can get a pretty good grip of the tube.

After removing the screw cap from the tube place it on the sink and squeeze it with one hand.

No need to empty the tube at once ;-) .

Translator BW

 

Technical Aids Tips and Tricks LVI

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Wie vermeide ich als Rollifahrer auch ohne Fingerfunktion,

dass mein Smartphone herunterfällt!

Ich fahre ohne Smartphon selbst in meiner eigenen Wohnung nicht rum.

Was soll dort schon passieren?

Vor ein paar Jahren fuhr ich in meinem Büro über ein Verlängerungskabel. Dieses wickelte sich dann um meine Räder und ich kam weder vor noch zurück. Zu Mobilfunk-und Festnetztelefon, waren es “nur” wenige Zentimeter. So muss sich ein Schiff anfühlen , wenn es auf Grund gelaufen ist. Ich benötigte selbst ca. 2 h bis der Rolli wieder frei war. Auf die “Flut” warten hätte vielleicht geholfen.

Da ich kein Telefon vom Boden aufheben kann, sollte das Herunterfallen vermieden werden.

Ich habe wenn ich im Rolli sitze immer ein Handy an einem Schlüsselbändchen umhängen. Ich musste schon mehrfach die 112 wählen.

In die Handytasche haben wir zwei Ösen gestanzt. An einem hängt das Schlüsselbändchen und an dem anderen hängen ich beim telefonieren mein Zeigefinger ein, da ich das Telefon nur ein bisschen festhalten kann.

Jeder von euch kennt die Smartphonetaschen, die Jogger am Oberarm tragen.

Eine solche Tasche nehmt ihr, lasst euch das Armband kürzen, dass die Tasche mit Telefon um den Unterarm passt.

Jetzt könnt ihr das Smartphone mit der anderen Hand bedienen, ohne das herunter fällt

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Wie vermeide ich als Rollifahrer das Herunterfallen meines Smartphones auch ohne Fingerfunktion!

Ich fahre ohne Handy selbst in meiner eigenen Wohnung nicht rum.

Was soll denn dort passieren?

Vor ein paar Jahren fuhr ich in meinem Büro über ein Verlängerungskabel. Dieses wickelte sich dann um meine Räder und ich kam weder vor noch zurück. Zu Mobilfunk-und Festnetztelefon, waren es “nur” wenige Zentimeter. So muss sich ein Schiff anfühlen , wenn es auf Grund gelaufen ist. Ich benötigte selbst ca. 2 h bis der Rolli wieder frei war. Auf die “Flut” warten hätte vielleicht geholfen.

Da ich kein Telefon vom Boden aufheben kann, sollte das Herunterfallen vermieden werden.

Ich habe wenn ich im Rolli sitze immer ein Handy an einem Schlüsselbändchen umhängen. Ich musste schon mehrfach die 112 wählen.

In die Handytasche haben wir zwei Ösen gestanzt. An einem hängt das Schlüsselbändchen und an dem anderen hängen ich beim telefonieren mein Zeigefinger ein, da ich das Telefon nur ein bisschen festhalten kann.

Jeder von euch kennt die Smartphonetaschen, die Jogger am Oberarm tragen.

Eine solche Tasche nehmt ihr, lasst euch das Armband kürzen, dass die Tasche mit Telefon um den Unterarm passt.

Jetzt könnt ihr das Smartphone mit der anderen Hand bedienen, ohne das herunter fällt

Hier geht’s,…ääh..fährt man zur

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Technical Aids Tips and Tricks LV

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

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Technical Aids Tips and Tricks LIX

Monday, November 21st, 2016

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Empty detergent bottle to be used as “One-Hand Salt Shaker”

The topic of how to get through winter in a Rolli has been on my mind for quite a while (see earlier articles).

In one of these former articles, I advised putting salt in front of your car before the snow arrives, so that the wheelchair would not slip away while getting in and out.

I always salt my wheelchairramp (ski slope) at the front door at the same time.

One can easily imagine how “professional” it looks when a wheelchairdriver balances a bucket full of salt on his knees and tries to spread it on the driveway. This really does not work well!

One thing’s for sure, the seat cushion on the chair as well as other “sensitive parts” will no longer freeze.;-)

After years of research the Rollinator team finally found a solution.

One-Hand Salt Shaker

(special wheelchairdriver)

 

The One-Hand Salt Shaker stands out with its ergonomic form, which allows the user to aim more accurately when spreading the salt using only one arm.

You can pretty much modify any empty liquid detergent bottle. However, I advise against those XXL-supersize bottles because of the excessive weight. During laboratory trials wheels burst and users got thrown out of their vehicles (just kidding).

To fill the salt shaker, a proven method is simply rolling a newspaper, advertisement, brochure etc. to make a quick funnel. ;-)

To prevent the salt shaker from dropping you could attach a key chain to the handle and hang the bottle around your neck as some sort of a trophy – but don’t get strangled… !!!

The special One-Handed Salt Shaker is also 98.74 % pedestrian and walking frame user friendly.

Translator BW

 

Technical Aids Tips und Tricks XLVI

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

It is due to the small fouls that wheelers are exposed every day to new challenges. You are blocked in from the side so that you can’t get into your car anymore, during cleaning the toaster is moved back to the wall, or the installation CD is put out of reach on the cupboard. My last week’s highlight was a beeping smoke alarm because the battery was empty when I was lying in my bed. All this is causing an uncontrollable neuron tornado in my head.

Among my favourites are open windows.

In the summer it’s getting warm and in winter quite cold, if the heater below is not running on full power which I can’t reach either.

There are definitely more important reasons to ring at the neighbour’s door than asking them to close an open window. Grrrrrrrrr…

The do-it-yourself store with 20% on everything except for the parts you really need offers a

Hobbit & wheelchair window closer

„almost“ usable in their assortment. However, small construction work needs still to be done.

Just take:

  • min. 1 meter aluminium pipe, thickness 12mm
  • 1 meter aluminium flat bar 15m x 1mm
  • 30 cm hose inner diameter 10mm- 12mm
  • 2x screw M4 x 25mm
  • 2x screw-nut, self-locking M4
  • 1x drill 4 mm with drive mechanism
  • Construction tools for screwing, or a set of healthy teeth ;-)

Cost of material ca. 10,00€

Saw the aluminium bar in ca. 2x 36 cm long pieces and pull the hose on one of the pieces.

Drill a 4 mm hole into all sides of the aluminium bars and the pipe centered with a space of 15 mm from the edge.

Bend the aluminium bar with hose oval e.g. using a bottle and bolt it two-sided with screw and screw-nut on one end of the pipe. This is going to be the window side.

The other aluminium bar is going to be the handle. This can be formed according to hand function or artistic freedom oval, square, round or even heart-shaped, main thing is that the bolting on the pipe is not forgotten.

(My white Vespa scooter from 1992 in the picture below with kick starter is looking for a new master!)

The operating mode of the window closer should be comprehensible, but could on special request be explained personally under phone number 00907/40059449665 for only (1.000.000.000 €/min) by “Bernd das Brot”. (Translator’s note: Reference is made to a satirical sketch to spoof call-in shows on TV, (see also other blogpost).)

All open windows can be closed again now.

And how to open them we will learn tomorrow!!!

The certified re-constructor is obligated to send to the Rollinator a Chilli Pizza online.

Contact: rollinator@eigude.de

Translator BL

 

Technical Aids Tips and Tricks LXIII

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Rollinator (Wheelinator)-Smartphone-Charging-Plug-Clip

Ever since I joined the folks on wheels, I carry my mobile phone/smartphone on a lanyard close to my heart ; -)

In the rare event that some cable gets wrapped around the rear wheel of the Wheelchair and therefore vehemently denies me to continue my ride, at least then should there be a phone in range.
I don’t think I need to elaborate about the extremely modest battery life of smart phones. Of course, the battery should always be full when out in the wild.

With my crooked fingers it takes me an estimated three minutes daily to stick the Micro USB charger in to the phone to be charged. I just realized that in the last three years I have rendered two full days of my life to my cell phone plug… just great!

The easiest solution to counter this waste of my time appeared to be in the purchase of a cradle charger. Unfortunately, it was not compatible with the leather cover of my phone.
A few years ago I built a holding device for the TV Magazine with just a small metal paper clip. This gave me the idea (see older post).

The perfect size to hold the Micro USB Plug is 20mm x 10mm x 8mm (0.8“ x 0.4” x 0.3”)

Attach a small cable tie and you practically get to plug it in without any finger function and daily blood pressure increase.

The paper clips can be found on the internet, in the stationery shop or after several days of searching maybe in one of your clutter trays.

For other tips on the subject of “tools for restricted finger and hand movement” like me, click here.

Translator BW

Technical Aids for Quadriplegics Part XVII

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

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Quadriplegic Workshop IV

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

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Technical Aids Tips and Tricks L

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

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Technical Aids Tips and Tricks XXXIII

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

It doesn’t always have to be the big reconstructions in your home like e.g. bathroom or stairlift… (see older blogposts).

Often you “just” need to drill a single hole at the right place to make life easier for a wheelchair user.

Because I never had a video-surveillance-security system at my apartment door I used a virtually maintenance-free, analogue peephole when I was pedestrian.

With its fitting height of 145 cm this is now only usable for me in connection with my standing chair, some ignorant mates call it standing wheelchair.

Because I order a few or many parts in the internet and like to look into the eyes of the courier drivers before I open the door I have drilled a 14 mm hole in my door in individually adjusted hobbit height with the active support of a friend.

A highest price Conrad Elektronik peephole order no. 75 01 63 for the full price of 6,39 € was then screwed in from both sides.

The analogue NSA hobbit peephole

serves its purpose 100%.

The angular field is surprisingly good, you can see the face of the “ringer” even above a size of 1,40 m when he is there… !!!
You don’t have to identify the courier drivers by the size of the parts they bring ;-)

Read the blogpost about a handle on my kitchen door. I have mounted such a handle on my entrance door as well to close the door easier from the outside (see older blogpost).

Now I only need a band-aid to hide the peephole in granny style ;-)

Translator BL

 

Technical Aids Tips and Tricks II (Blogpost 2009)

Friday, October 25th, 2013

The transport of items of all kind is horror for us wheelers, especially if they are round!
Thighs are completely unsuitable for carrying pomaceous fruit.
The high art of German engineering has brought it to light after years of research:

the plum transport box for wheelers

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The resemblance with an egg carton is misleading!

Translator BL

 

Technical Aids for Quadriplegics Part XI

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Around 30 years ago I tried to learn to play guitar.

The success was so limited that I put the career aspiration to be a professional musician on hold for an indefinite period.

As mentioned already several times, my finger function is very limited since my accident so that playing the guitar was not necessarily on my priority list.

Many quadriplegics like me with our cervical spine injuries have difficulties with gripping.

Therefore it was so much surprising when Mary from Scotland (quadriplegic as well) showed me her self-constructed

guitar plectrum holder.

When she told me that in spite of her handicap she is able again to strum around on her guitar her eyes were sparkling.

A really great idea, we need more of these.

Tips as usual to contact: rollinator@eigude.de

Click here on “Quadriplegic Tips”, to read other tips!!!

Translator BL

 

Technical Aids Tips and Tricks IXL

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

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Technical Aids Tips and Tricks XLVIII

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Since I am rolling through the world for 5 years now, I have another enemy besides disabled parking place occupiers, namely doors.

These mostly white pieces are slowly turning into a phobia.

Not so easy to pull the door shut when you are standing… eh, sitting in your own way.

Hold the handle tight, roll backwards and mind not to fall forward if possible, or to do a backflip with the wheelchair.

In hospital I already had a long ribbon with which I was always fishing for the door handles. This ribbon is still hanging on the door of my flat and is serving its purpose.

I hate my own kitchen door, it is one meter wide. I only say:

No arms, no cookies…!!!

Only the door knows why I haven’t hung such a ribbon on my beloved kitchen door during the last 4 years.

The blue-yellow nordic timber worms offer drawer handles in all designs, sizes and colours. There were no more hurdles for the

kitchen door tuning.

A mate has screwed such a handle on my favourite door from the inside.
Now I can eventually close the door even when I am already standing in the corridor.

Because the screws have to be very long I recommend to immediately take threaded bars (on IKEA handles mostly thread M4), and saw it off to size only at the end.

If you leave the bars a bit longer you can even mount two towel hooks at the inside on the door.

Tip, always drill the holes from outside to inside and use an air level.

Looks a bit like a towel rail, I like it. Next, the door of my flat will be refurbished.

Before spot-drilling the entrance door it can’t do any harm to integrate the landlord in selecting the handles.

Translator BL

 

Techncal Aids Tips and Tricks XLX

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

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