Sarah is up and out of the house every day thanks to a walker that can carry her heavy oxygen bottle. See Sarah in our short film about all kinds of adapted equipment made by DEMAND.
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Orla is a long standing client of DEMAND. She has multiple disabilities including Autism and Global Development Delay. This makes it hard for her to understand when she is likely to injure herself, or others, by her actions. She had a safety gate to stop her from going in the kitchen and accidently injuring herself, but as Orla grew bigger, and after many years of wear and tear, a bigger, more robust, gate was needed.
DEMAND designed a special gate – bigger and stronger than the ‘baby gates’ available from the shops – with an unique locking mechanism which Orla cannot operate, but her parents and sisters can. The unique transparent window which makes up most of the area of the gate ensures that Orla feels very much a part of everything that goes on in a busy household whilst being kept safe from harm at the same time.
17 year old Natasha was able to cook in her kitchen for the first time thanks to a custom seat designed by DEMAND.
Cerebral Palsy means Natasha isn’t able to stand unaided so it’s not possible for her to stand at a kitchen counter to prepare food. Natasha and her family spent years testing different pieces of equipment. Using a wheelchair meant Natasha needed to stretch up high to reach the counter and no stool offered enough support or stability.
Seemingly out of options, the family learnt about DEMAND, who can provide custom made equipment to augment and enhance the lives of people living with disabilities when no suitable solution can be found. From workshops in Hertfordshire and Yorkshire DEMAND designs, manufactures, and modifies equipment to suit an individual’s unique needs.
Natasha’s bespoke stool has a tilting seat that lets her perch half sitting, half standing which makes it easy to work comfortably at the worktop. Locking castors mean she can move around the kitchen freely but apply the brakes when she needs to stay securely in one place. DEMAND’s designers produced prototypes of the seat to find the best seating position for Natasha to feel comfortable and secure.
With the custom stool Natasha can be more independent, and it has come just in time to help her practice for a GCSE Catering course starting this September.
Save a cake for us Natasha!
John came to us about his walker. The frame of his walker was too small for him and forced him to bend forward whilst walking which led to persistent and often excruciating back pain. DEMAND modified the walker to suit his height and therefore greatly improve his posture and overall mobility.
John speaks about his modified walker in our short film:
Susan has a severe and persistent tremor which often stopped her from making her own hot drink. Hot water presented no problem as she has a special kettle but she often needed someone else to pour milk and finish making the drink.
We designed an unique mug holder and milk dispenser which allows her to squeeze the milk into her tea, avoiding messy spillage and the need for assistance.
Wendy has multiple sclerosis and when drinking she has to use two straws because she often chokes if she only uses one. She wanted to be able to drink independently without needing someone else to position the straws correctly. She had tried many ways to secure the straws, finally resorting to elastic bands which was still far from ideal. We devised a neat 3D printed,
We devised a neat 3D printed, 2-straw holder which clips onto the rim of a range of cups and glasses. Wendy is now able to enjoy her drinks without the frustration of always having to have someone else there to position the straws for her.
Stephen has brittle bone disease which means his independence is greatly reduced as, to prevent injury, he has to rely on his parents helping him with day to day tasks. Stephen’s Occupational Therapist originally contacted DEMAND because he was at risk of injury from the rigid arms of his dining chair when getting in and out. To stop this from happening, we modified the chair’s arms so that they could rotate up and out of the way, allowing Stephen to get in and out of the chair by himself. To improve his independence even further we incorporated a neat, easy to operate mechanism which allowed Stephen to move his chair closer to, and away from, the table without assistance.
‘Before DEMAND helped, getting Stephen close enough to the dining table on his high chair was really hard. We had to try and push him forward towards the dining table, as that’s the only way we could manage. There was always the risk of tipping him over. Now Stephen is able to pull himself into the table.”
8 year old Samuel has hemiplegia; a condition which results in weakness and lack of control in one side of the body. After seeing DEMAND’s video of trumpet-playing Leah, who also has hemiplegia, Samuel’s mum contacted us to see if we could help him in a similar way. No sooner said than done! Samuel now has his own unique stand which allows him to concentrate on playing great music whilst the stand takes care of supporting his trumpet.
Betty has a range of mobility issues. When her new sofa was delivered she was disappointed to find that she could not get up from it without assistance. Our solution was to design a bespoke frame to fit the sofa, adding exactly the right amount of extra height to allow her to get up independently. A clever mechanism incorporated into the design also allows her to move the heavy sofa by herself whenever she needs to.