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Anonym 1

The person lives together with his wife and an child in a house. He is working part time. He was injured in 1975 and has a high tetraplegia (C5). Through hand surgery his grip function improved in both hands. He has personal assistance 7 hours a day.


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Air freshener spray in plastic holderAir freshener spray
Air freshener spray can make it easier to accept help in intimate situations.
Air-to-air heat pump, indoor unitAir-to-air heat pump maintains even temperature
Since persons with high spinal cord injuries frequently do not tolerate excessively high or low temperatures it is important to maintain a constant temperature indoors
Wireless baby monitorAlarm to assistants when traveling
A radio-controlled power switch or wireless baby monitor can serve as an alarm to assistants staying in another hotel room
Arm cycle with customized handlebarsArm cycle with customized handlebars
Arm cycle with customized handlebars suitable as home exercise machine for wheelchair users who have impaired hand function.
Garters holding sheet in place under mattressAttaching sheets
Garters prevent sheets from slipping off – appropriate for persons who use electric beds
User holds tea mugAttractive tea mug with double wall glass
Tea mug with insulated double wall glass - suitable for people with impaired grip and loss of sensation
Latte frother in a glassBattery-operated frother
Frother suitable for persons with impaired hand function; useful for functions such as mixing medications
Battery-operated kitchen scaleBattery-operated kitchen scale
Kitchen scale appropriate for persons with impaired hand function
String tied to briefcase handleBriefcase with customized handle
A string tied to the briefcase handle enables persons with impaired dexterity to pick it up
Carport for half the carCarport for half the car
A half carport combined with a car heater that works by remote control is a good solution in winter for persons unable to scrape the windshield
CD changer (close-up)CD changer for music
A CD changer is appropriate for persons with physical disabilities and impaired hand function who have problems inserting and removing CDs.
Chaps, lying on the floorChaps-style trousers for wheelchair users
Chaps-style trousers that can be put on without having to move from the wheelchair
China mug with thermal insulationChina mug with thermal insulation
Easy-grip mug with rubber ring that insulates – suitable for persons with loss of sensation
Shower and toilet chair on castersCombined shower and toilet chair on casters
A shower chair on casters suitable for wheelchair users with high spinal cord injuries.
Computer with on-screen keyboard and keyboard control switch on Kalix braceControlling the computer with head mouse and external mouse click
Computer assistive device for people with impaired hand function who type with a head mouse and manage the mouse contact with an external control switch
Razor with large buttonCordless razor with large button
Razor with large button appropriate for persons with impaired hand function.
Counter cabinet with sliding drawer, open
Counter cabinet with drawers
Easy sliding drawers at the right height are conveniently accessible and appropriate for wheelchair users
The user holds the popsicle stick using the custom-designed holder.Custom-designed holder for popsicle stick
- enable people with impaired hand function to hold a popsicle stick
Island counter with adjustable height section and knee-space.Customized accessible kitchen
Several people can work simultaneously in this kitchen, both wheelchair users and ambulatory persons
Customized jeans zipper: insert knitting needleCustomized jeans
Customized jeans make it possible for persons with impaired hand function to independently drain urine bag
Customized holder sitting on lower leg without urine bagCustomized urine bag holder
Custom-sewn urine bag holder makes it possible for a person with a high spinal cord injury to drain a urine bag without assistance
User presses Ctrl and Alt with the deviceData tools that enable more keystrokes
- assistive device for people with impaired hand function
Device consists of aquarium net with modified passive handle and forearm supportDevice for picking things up from floor
A device to help pick objects up from the floor for people with disabilities and impaired hand function.
Dishwasher openDishwasher in accessible kitchen
Dishwasher placement is important for optimal handling of dishes by persons with disabilities
Medication dosetteDosette for medications
Dosettes make it easier for persons with impaired hand function to take medicine
Dressing hook for opening and closing zippers picture 1Dressing hook for opening and closing zippers
High quadriplegics can use this dressing hook with customized jeans to drain the urine bag without assistance
Easy handle on boxed wine; user taps wine by pushing the handle upEasy Handle - a handle for the boxed wine
Assistive device for tapping wine out of a box - suitable for people with impaired hand function
Remote control with raised buttonsEasy-to-use remote control
Large raised buttons on remote control are easy to manipulate for persons with impaired hand function.
Electric bedElectric bed
An adjustable electric bed with bed lift is appropriate for persons with a high spinal cord injury
Wall switch for electric door lock openerElectric door lock opener
Enables a person with disabilities to unlock a door by pushing a button
Electric height adjustable deskElectric height adjustable desk
A large electric height adjustable desk appropriate for persons who use different types of wheelchairs.
User pushes on the salt grinder's button with chinElectric salt grinder
Salt grinder appropriate for persons with impaired hand function.
Electric toothbrushElectric toothbrush
The electric toothbrush is appropriate for persons with impaired hand function.
Chameleon travel shower chair with extra foam cushionFolding travel shower chair
Shower and toilet chair on casters that can be packed into its own case
User ‘takes' hand rubHand rub dispenser with sensor
– aids people with impaired hand function
Heating fanHeating fan
Used for extra heat in work room, appropriate for persons who get cold easily.
Heating pad lying on bedHeating pad with timer
Heating pad with timer warms the bed
Kitchen towel hookHook for kitchen towel
Easy-to-use kitchen towel hook for persons with impaired hand function
Bed and ceiling liftIndependent transfer with ceiling lift
A method for high quadriplegics to move to the bed themselves in emergency situations
Wall-mounted infrared heater from Infrasved. Photo from www.infrasved.seInfrared heating
- a good way to quickly increase heat, for example, in the bathroom or the workplace - suitable for people who easily freeze
Wooden key holderKey holder, an assistive device for keys
People with impaired hand function achieve a better grip and more force
Key holder, metal rodKey holder, metal rod
A device for handling keys for persons with physical disabilities and impaired hand function
Key ring in portfolio zipperKey ring in zipper
Persons with impaired dexterity can use a zipper if they attach a key ring to it.
Tall cabinet with doorsKitchen cabinet in accessible kitchen
The tall cabinets contain many shelves (the lower ones) that are accessible for wheelchair users
Landing craft open with portable rampsLanding craft
A landing craft that works for persons who operate electric wheelchairs
Locking knob, attached to doorLocking knob that makes it easier to open door lock
Assistive device for persons with impaired hand function to be able to handle a locking knob
Door closer with stringLow-tech door closer
Solution enables wheelchair users to close doors that open outwards after coming inside
Magazine holder with leather shoelace as handleMagazine holder with handle
A modification that enables persons with physical disabilities and impaired hand function to handle magazine holders.
User picks up keys from floor using the magnet.Magnet for picking up metal objects from the floor
Suitable for persons with impaired hand function and who find it difficult to bend over to reach the floor
Microwave oven with open doorMicrowave oven with door hinged at bottom
The microwave oven door can be used to put things on – appropriate for wheelchair users
Modified milk container holderModified milk container holder
A strap taped to the milk container holder works well for persons with impaired hand function.
The motion detector sits on the ceiling next to the lightMotion detector as switch for light
Replace difficult to reach switch with motion detector
OnScreenKeys installed on the user’s computerOn-screen keyboard
Downloadable on-screen keyboard that works in many different languages - suitable for people with extensive disabilities
Paper towel holder with easy-grip handlePaper towel holder with easy-grip handle
By inserting a finger into the opening of the handle a person with impaired dexterity can grasp the paper towel roll.
Plastic spatulaPlastic kitchen utensils
Plastic kitchen utensils suitable for persons with impaired hand function
Pressure-relieving mattress lying on bedPressure-relieving mattress
Solution for persons with spinal cord injuries
Faucet with sprayer pulled outPullout spray faucet in accessible kitchen
Pullout spray faucet makes kitchen work easier for persons with impaired hand or arm function
Two large refrigerators and freezersRefrigerator and freezer in accessible kitchen
Refrigerator and freezer with large handles at the right height for wheelchair users
picture missingRental car when traveling
A rental car can be a solution for persons who use an electric wheelchair when traveling
Serving cart with large handlesServing cart with large handle
Wheelchair users with impaired hand function need a serving cart with a large handle at the right height; large wheels are preferable
Shallow washbasinShallow washbasin with counterspace
A shallow washbasin works well for wheelchair users with limited reach
Shower stall with doorsShower stall with doors
Shower stall with doors that seal directly against the floor is a good solution for wheelchair users.
User with sleeve protectorSleeve protector for wheelchair users
Protects shirts and sweaters when manually driving the wheelchair
Specially designed workstationSpecially designed workstation
This customized desk is the product of a workplace accessibility project
Control panel on computer screenStickyKeys, a setting in Windows
- a setting for people who cannot press two or more keys simultaneously
Storage unit on casters in kitchen work islandStorage units on casters in accessible kitchen
Provides accessible storage for persons with limited reach
User holds string tied to a loopString to pick binders up from the floor
A piece of string is a simple assistive device for persons with physical disabilities and impaired hand function to pick binders up from the floor
Teapot: user holds handleTeapot with easy-grip handle
Teapot with handle attached at both ends and customized lid suitable for persons with impaired arm and/or hand function.
Two thermal mugs with large plastic handleThermal mug
Thermal mug with large handle suitable for persons with impaired grip and loss of sensation.
Timer with big buttons that can be attached with magnetTimer with big buttons that can be attached with magnet
Timer appropriate for persons with impaired hand function.
Toilet chair that is 7 cm shorterToilet chair that is 7 cm shorter
Solution for modified bathroom with crowded space.
Toothpaste tube with flip-top lid, openToothpaste tube with large flip-top lid
Flip-top lid makes it easier for persons with impaired dexterity to open toothpaste tube
Typing sticks with splint on dorsal wristTyping sticks for typing on computer
Assistive device for persons with impaired dexterity
Vibrating foot bathVibrating foot bath
Vibrating foot bath can accelerate healing of wounds and improve circulation
Wall-mounted soap dispenserWall-mounted soap dispenser
Easy-to-use soap dispenser – appropriate for persons with impaired hand function
Water kettle with handle attached at both endsWater kettle with handle attached at both ends
Water kettle with handle attached at both ends and customized lid appropriate for persons with impaired arm and/or hand function.
Sauna entrance with on/off button on the wallWheelchair accessible sauna
An accessible sauna that can be used while sitting on a shower chair on casters
Whirlpool tub with ceiling liftWhirlpool tub
A hot bath can help persons who find it difficult to stay warm and have problems with spasticity
Writing orthosis in the user's handWriting splint; assistive device for writing
Assistive device for persons who cannot hold a pen
Zip-off trousers on hangerZip-off trousers
Wheelchair users can change from shorts to trousers without moving from the chair.