Have you or your loved ones been frustrated in not being able to carry out the ordinary tasks of life due to a disability? Whilst a vast range of aids are now available commercially, they might not always be entirely suitable for the purpose required. The answer comes in the shape of national charity REMAP, which is an organisation of voluntary engineers devoted to solving problems of persons with needs, whether they be children or the elderly.
Our work is normally, but not necessarily, performed in association with medical representatives such as occupational therapists. Our devices are designed and manufactured by our engineers and provided to our clients free of any charge.
Normally, it is the simple things in life that give the most problems, such as: an arthritis sufferer trying to open a window; turning on a radiator or fire; fastening a bra for an arm amputee; drinking or eating for a paraplegic. Or something more specific, such as an electronic page turner or a transfer device for a paraplegic wishing to continue sailing or skiing. What ever the need, REMAP is normally able to provide a solution; as an example, the picture shows a bow support to allow participation in archery.
The local branch of this charity is REMAPTyne. Full details of our services together with examples of devices made locally can be seen by visiting our web site, www.remaptyne.co.uk. Further information can be obtained by telephoning 01665 570 240.
by Alistair Moat