We attached a cord to the Swing-away-arm so Colin can put it back whenever he wants:
Hospital bed control which I attach across him so he can always reach the control (It used to always fall off and he couldn't find it):Colin posted a video on Facebook some time ago on how he uses his bed control: https://youtu.be/ph5sbSmsRJ8
Camelbak drink backpackWhile Colin was still in rehab, one of the other patients there mentioned a camelbak as a potential idea. One of the things Colin was not very at yet was asking the nurses to help him get a drink of water. The camelbak changed that. The brand name product was quite expensive, but I found a no-name brand one that was less than a quarter of the price, and actually held more. It quickly became a big hit, and it allows Colin to have a sip any time he wants.
Webcam for facial mouseOne of the things that Colin is trying is a facial mouse to operate his computer. It also has a microphone on it so he can use his voice software. He has not found a really good one yet, and the search continues.
Gate beeperNow that Colin is able to go for walks and use the little gate, he wants to be able to go out the main gate down to the shops. Even just 2 months ago, he was not able to press buttons with much strength or accuracy, but now he is able to press the gate remote button which we have stuck onto his wheel chair.
trackball mouseOne of the first things we got for Colin in order to use his computer was a trackball mouse. This has been a huge hit.
Tablet stylusEven before the trackball mouse, we figured out a way to put the stylus in Colin’s splint so he could use his tablet. In this picture, you can see that although this splint is made especially for pens and writing, it does not support the conductive stylus so he sticks it under the splint so he can use it.
Straw peg and bandColin needs to drink with a straw. We have a super long one from a local restaurant (the one we visited on one of his very first home weekends) which we have clamped with a peg and elastic band onto his glass. This way he can drink anytime, on his own, and the straw doesn’t move.
Hope these can give you all some ideas. I love it when we share because I am always learning.
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