Hello Everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. To start your week, I would like to share with you a product called the JAECO. This product is really cool and was shown to me by James Cooper from Priority Posture Systems Ltd. James has the only demo model of this product in Western Canada and I was super excited to see it in action! The JAECO is essentially a dynamic orthosis or exoskeleton that can enhance a client’s upper limb function by assisting them against gravity. The system can be mounted on a wheelchair or even a table top and is secured to the client’s arm with strapping. The JAECO can be adjusted to meet the client’s needs through the number of blue elastic bands added onto each part of the system. Check out the photos below!
Mounting bracket on back of wheelchair
Upper arm component with blue elastic bands
Hinge at elbow
James has informed me that he has set up this product for clients with various conditions including Muscular Dystrophy and Spinal Cord Injury (Quadriplegia). It has helped clients with a variety of functional activities including eating and drinking independently and even with work based activities such as computer work or other table top tasks. As you can imagine, a product like this could greatly improve a client’s independence and function. Definitely an interesting product worth a trial for the right client!
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Seating is Super!
Hello Everyone! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving weekend. Today, I would like to share with you a very special tool that was fabricated by Chad Kania at Ability Health Care. It’s a custom reacher!! I realize that this isn’t exactly a seating modality, but it’s such a neat device that I really needed to share it with you! This device was fabricated from scratch! It is a super light weight aluminum reacher that was made for a power wheelchair user who needed a device that could be used to pick things up from the floor and be used as a device to open heavy drawers and access items in drawers that were out of reach. Here is an image of the reacher.
The total length of the reacher was 36 inches long, which was specific to the client’s needs.
Reacher intact with pin
Reacher pulled apart to be folded in half for easy transport
The reacher could be pulled apart and folded in half at the middle. This made it easier for the client to bring it with them in the community.
The handles and latch were also custom fabricated. The latch allowed the client to pick up an item on the floor and keep the item secured to the reacher while the client pulled the item up within reach. The plastic used to fabricate the reacher was light weight, but also sturdy and durable.
Here is a photo of the end of the reacher. The black part of the reacher is actually rubber coated for better grip. Also, note the hook on the end. This hook was used to open drawers by hooking onto the handles while the client used their power wheelchair to pull the drawers open. There is also a magnet at the end of the reacher.
Thank you to Chad Kania who fabricated this device. I know it has made a big difference for this client and I definitely appreciate working on this special and different project.
Thank you for checking in today. Seating is Super!