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Helena

Helena lives together with her husband and two teenage children in a house. She is working part time (75%). Since birth she has a muscular disease with symtoms similar to a high spinal cord lesion. She has personal assistance 24 hours a day.


18 tips and ideas 
RV with rampAccessible RV with ceiling lift
Specially furnished RV allows a woman with disabilities to travel on vacation with her family (husband and two children) and her personal assistant
Helena controls the mouseAdapted mouse
Trackball mouse controlled with mouth and lips – suitable for people with extensive disabilities
Ceiling lift with bent ceiling trackCeiling lift in RV
Ceiling lift with bent U track make transfers possible in RV – suitable for people with extensive disabilities
Ceiling lift to loft bedroomCeiling lift over two floors
Ceiling lift over two floors makes it possible for a person with extensive disabilities to sleep in the loft
Computer workstation with trackball mouse on holder attached to the tableComputer workstation
Individually adapted computer workstation – suitable for people with extensive disabilities
Shower chair on toilet seatCustom-built shower chair for adapted RV
Custom-built shower chair saves room and makes it possible for a person with extensive disabilities to shower in an RV
Helena in elevator; she presses elevator button with wheelchair frontwheelElevator and elevator buttons
Control elevator with wheelchair footrests/front wheels – an option for people without arm/hand function
Gardena hand sprayerHand sprayer as mobile shower
A hand sprayer makes it easier to wash genital area – suitable for people with disabilities
User with lift straps in placeLift strap
Narrow lift straps facilitate bathroom visits for people with extensive disabilities
Metal bar of lift mounted on wheelchair attachment sitesMobile toilet
A folding lift attached to the wheelchair makes bathroom visits possible anywhere – suitable for women with extensive disabilities
Helena at the computerMounting arm for trackball mouse
By using the mounting arm the mouse comes into the right position for the user to control it by mouth – suitable for people with extensive disabilities
Toilet chair, pivoted 180 degreesPivoting toilet in RV
– makes bathroom visits easier for people who need assistance
User in wheelchair lift with plastic containerPlastic container used as chamber pot
Plastic container and custom-built lift on wheelchair replace an accessible toilet
Wooden ramp to RVRamp to adapted RV
Custom-designed stable ramp for adapted RV – an option for people who drive wheelchairs
Shower in RV with ceiling lift and shower chairShower in RV
Custom shower stall with ceiling lift and shower chair – suitable for a person with extensive disabilities
Helena drives wheelchair; her forearm is attached to the armrest with a strapStrap to be able to drive electric wheelchair
The forearm is attached to the armrest which facilitates wheelchair driving – suitable for people without arm function and with very little hand function
Helena with strap around both wristsStraps for easy transfers with lift
Leather strap that holds hands together facilitates transfers for people without arm/hand function
Helena with her wireless phone and headset.Use of phone assisted by computer and modem
– allows people with extensive disabilities to use a telephone independently