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Adaptive zipper

Spasticity and stiffness in hand or arm muscle lead to the difficulties in doing the daily life activities including dressing, as it can be seen in previous inventions. Here is another solution: adaptive zipper for the coat innovated by integrating a ring to the original zipper. People who have difficulties with hand or arm functions can put a finger in the ring to manipulate to zipper.

Number of vote: 55

Adaptive Pen

Using small objects like a pen requires good motor skills with hand and becomes a challenge for people with have muscle weakness or amputated with finger(s). A simple and low cost solution, innovated by Mr. Luong, is to add a bigger handle made from foam to the pen so it is easier to hold and use this such popular object in every house.

Number of vote: 53

One-hand Fingernail Clippers

People with paralysis or muscle weakness in the hands or amputated could hardly cut their fingernails with their own and keep personal hygiene with such usual but important activity. Mr. Sy and his colleagues in Bach Mai hospital developed the nail clippers that can be used with one arm easily. When the fingernails are in the cutting edge, the user can just push down the hand rest to manipulate.

Number of vote: 1697

One-hand Washcloth

Washing a washcloth can be a challenge for one with hand muscle weakness or being amputated. As we have seen in previous application with cloth washing, using one hand to deal with the cleaning could be easier with adaptive devices. Ms. Hue has invented a washing board for one can wash smaller towels with one hand. She modified the wooden washing board with rough surface to wash the clothes better and hooks to fix with the basin.

Number of vote: 115

Dishwashing Assistive Device

Washing bowls and plates after having a meal is an usual activity. However, people with muscle weakness in hands or amputated face to challenge in doing this. To solve the issue, Ms. Hue in Thanh Hoa invented a device that can help people with disabilities washing their utensils with one hand. She firmly fix the two brushes handle on a wooden base with the head up. So it is much easier to wash the bowls and plates with one hand rubbing them.

Number of vote: 93

Adaptive feeding utensils [5]

Manipulating the feeding devices (spoons, chopsticks and cups) when having a meal in children with disabilities or difficulties with hand functions play an important role to improve autonomy and reduce their caregiver attention. Ms. Tam and her colleagues have adapted those utensils by integrating the Velcro tapes to the cup and spoon so they support for the hands in manipulation.

Number of vote: 237

Homemade gait training tools

Home-based rehabilitation exercises are an important part of recovering or developing skills and abilities. In particular, walking across obstacles is an effective way to regain balance while walking. Even for rehabilitation center, finding such obstacles can be difficult or costly – this is even truer if people want to practice at home. In order to address such issue, Ms. Huong, an occupation therapist in Dong Nai, and her colleagues have made obstacles from repurpose foam and plastic pipes, making these obstacles not only cheap and safe, they are also environmental-friendly. Safety note: People should be advised by their therapist or doctor before practicing rehabilitation exercises at home.

Number of vote: 24

Wheelchair Table

Mrs. Duong works in a rehab unit where she supports wheelchair users and trains them to become more autonomous. She came to realize that often wheelchair users need a table to support some of their daily activities without getting out of the seat. However, actual tables are not always accessible for wheelchair users (they are too high or too low or there is not enough free space under the table for the wheelchair to get close enough). The solution: a light weighted wooden tray to put on the wheelchair so that support is available everywhere and at any time. The cherry on top: the tray is covered with removable and washable cloth so that it can be washed or replaced easily when needed.

Number of vote: 183

Velcro Buttons

As we’ve seen with previous application, butting up a shirt requires very good fine motor skills and it can be very challenging for people who have weak, deformed or missing hands. Here’s another very simple and effective solution: Ms. Dung simply sews small pieces of Velcro tape to substitue the buttons – these are much easier to close and open than actual buttons.

Number of vote: 53

Homemade grasp bars

Grab bars are quite usual – most of us have seen them in public space (such as adapted public bathrooms); they are very helpful for those who have poor balance or need support when moving around, standing up or getting up/sitting down. Grab bars can be purchased in shops – however, they might be hard to find (especially outside of big cities) and can be quite pricy. Mr Hau has therefore used his handy skills to make a “home-made” and affordable version of grab bars for his mother. He used water pipes, welded together and secured to the wall with screws, at the right height for her mother to be able to secure them.

Number of vote: 1524

Clip and Pull Pants

Mr. Tung has locally reproduced a “Clip and Pull Pants” dressing aid. This simple device supports people with weak hands, or poor balance or lack of hip/back flexibility to pull up their pants with only one hand and while in a stable/sitting position. The 2 pins at one end of the strap are fixed to the waistband of the pair of trousers. Then, with the other hand of the strap, the person can pull up his/her trousers with one hand.

Number of vote: 26

One-hand Wallet

Handling a wallet with one hand is challenging. Touched by the story of a person who is missing one arm and reported difficulties when shopping (he has to estimate the cost of what he will be buying and put the money in his pocket and then ask the seller for help), Ms Hang has adapted wallet that can be easily used by persons who have a weak or missing hand. She sewed two elastic strings into the wallet so that it can be secured to the weak hand (or the arm stump) while the other hand can open the wallet and handle the money. Whatever the amount of money there is in that wallet, the ingenuity of this adaptation is priceless!

Number of vote: 35

Locally Brace

Children with cerebral palsy may present stiffness and spasticity in their muscles. Spasticity and stiffness may easily lead to deformities of the legs, feet, arms or hands. To prevent complications due to muscle stiffness, Mr Hai created braces for elbows or knees. They are made from local and unexpansive materials (bamboo, fabric…) and help children in improving daily exercises and activities.

Number of vote: 3

The “Croom” – a crutch and a broom…

Mr Doan finds it difficult when he wants to sweep the floor with a broom since he has half of his body paralysed – holding a broom with only one hand can be hard. To solve this problem, he invented a broom that can be hold firmly with one hand thanks to the added bamboo frame that goes under the person’s armpit.

Number of vote: 81

PVC Walking Frame

Walking frames are of great help for persons who have difficulties walking and moving around – in particular for children with cerebral palsy. Walking frame can be purchased, but they can be expensive. Plus, once the child growth, they become too small and need to be replaced. Well: here comes Mrs Hoa’s PVC version of walking frame for children. Made of pipes glued together, this frame allows children to safety practice walking. It is stable and safe for the kids and they can be adapted to the child’s height.

Number of vote: 251

Thick Handle Spoon

Another adapted spoon, from Mrs Hoa at Hue Central hospital. This spoon is made for children with cerebral palsy so they can hold the spoon easier thanks to the thick handle. She simply rolls the medical bandage around the spoon handle and uses glue to keep it firmly fixed. And there you have it!

Number of vote: 156

Buttoning Tool

Ever tried to dress with only one hand? It is difficult. Especially when it comes to buttoning up a shirt. Here’s a solution that helps dealing with buttons and was made by Mr Tung, a physiotherapist in Hue Rehab Hospital. The handle is made for small plastic pipe which is glued with a metal band that can be used easily to pull the button inside the buttonhole.

Number of vote: 56

Handmade Neck Brace

Children with cerebral palsy with poor muscle control may face difficulties controlling and holding their head up. This could lead to neck deformities but also, poor head control makes daily activities more difficult and prevents the child from properly interacting with others. Mrs. Lanh, mother of a boy with cerebral palsy, created a soft neck brace to keep her son’s head high up. This homemade neck brace is simply made from foam, elastic fabric and tape. Cotton is also added for the comfort of the child.

Number of vote: 139

Handmade Hand Toys

Playing plays a big role in every child’s development and is especially helpful for children with cerebral palsy. Mrs Lanh has made for her son with cerebral palsy, toys for playing with his hand so he can hold them stably and safely. The toys are 3-5 cm sealed fabric bag with rice in side. These toys are cheap, stimulating and unbreakable…

Number of vote: 558

Adaptive feeding utensil [3]

Eating and drinking is an important and very recurrent daily activity – supporting children with disabilities to eat takes time and energy for parents and care takers; hence the importance of trying to make children as independent as possible during meals. Here are additional ways to help a child with cerebral palsy to become more autonomous while drinking and eating. These great adaptations are from Mrs. Sen, a health worker in Quang Tri.

Number of vote: 89

Adaptive feeding utensil [2]

Here are some other ways to adapt feeding utensil to people’s abilities. Holding a spoon or chopsticks requires good hand control and strength – a challenge for people with muscle weakness or hand deformity. These simples adaptations made by Mr. Hai may be of great help to people facing difficulties in being independent when eating.

Number of vote: 48

Adaptive feeding utensil [1]

Những người bị liệt nửa người hoặc bị yếu tay thường gặp khó khăn khi cầm nắm các vật dụng khi ăn uống như thìa, đũa, cốc… Để giúp đỡ cho những bệnh nhân của mình, anh Luân đã cải tiến những chiếc thìa và bàn chải đánh răng bằng cách thêm phần quai cầm cao su có thể ôm lấy bàn tay của người sử dụng.

Number of vote: 169

Corner Seat

A good sitting position is important for children with cerebral palsy – it allows them to better perform daily life activities, they can better use their hands and they will see better what is around them (which is important stimulation for their development). Mr Hai, a therapist from Hue Rehabilitation Hospital, is making corner seats to help children sitting better and have better stability during daily life activities.

Number of vote: 59

Stable Sleepers

Walking with sleepers can be dangerous for a person with mobility difficulties – if the sleeper doesn’t stay well on the feet, it increases risks of fall. Mrs. Nguyet adapted the sleeper to “become sandals”, adding a rubber band to stabilize the sleeper on the heel and prevents it from slipping out of the foot.

Number of vote: 54

Rubber Band

Supporting a person with disabilities’ autonomy can be as simple as a well-located rubber band… Squeezing the trigger of a bidet sprayer with weak fingers can be challenging. Adding a rubber band around the nozzle might provide the mission force the fingers do not have, making use and manipulation of the sprayer easier.

Number of vote: 58

Fixed Cleaver

Here is one more from Mr Luan (OT in Quang Tri): a cleaver that can be used with one hand. Using the hole on the cleaver (that is usually used to hand the knife), he fixed the cleaver on a stand that is fixed on a cutting board. The cleaver is stable and can easily be manipulated with a weak hand.

Number of vote: 181

Slow stools

For a person who has lost both legs, moving around is a daily challenge. Mrs. Thanh has asked a local carpenter to produce 2 low stools that can be used to move around. They are big enough to remain comfortable but small enough to be carried around easily. Seating on his stool, the person can move and remain active at home without walking/sitting directly on the floor.

Number of vote: 92

One Hand Washing Board

Mrs. Hang has adapted a handwashing board that allows people to wash their cloths using only one hand (persons with paralysis or people who are amputated). The adaptation allows to firmly secure cloths on the board, to adapt the height of the basin for a more effective and comfortable positioning and it allows controlled water evacuation (so that the floor around the basin doesn’t become too slippery).

Number of vote: 256

One Hand Scissor

Using a pair of scissor, when you have weak hand (or hands) can be difficult – while you need to hold the object you want to cut with one hand, the other one needs to secure and squeeze the scissors. To ease cutting with scissor, Mr. Luan, an occupational therapist from Quang Tri, has come up with a rather simple solution: secure the scissor on a small plank a wood – manipulating the scissor then becomes much simpler (one can even do it with his/her elbow).

Number of vote: 201

Windowed Face Mask

With the COVID-19 outbreaks, wearing facemask is becoming the norm; we wear mask when we go out, meet people, take public transportation and go shopping. However, for a deaf person, meeting a person with a facemask can be very challenging as they can’t read their lips anymore. To solve this issue, the Center for Research and Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CED) has come up with a solution: a transparent piece of plastic, sewed in the middle of the mask, to ease lip reading.

Number of vote: 53