Remap - enabling meaningful activity

Remap - enabling meaningful activity

Remap's annual awards took place on 28 June in London.

This inspiring event recognised the innovative ideas of skilled volunteers and showcased the variety of work being carried out and checked by experts such as occupational therapists, engineers,technicians and carpenters.

Remap is a charity that designs and tailor makes equipment for disabled people of all ages, free of charge.

In his welcome speech , Adam Rowe, chief executive officer of Remap said: 'We are here to celebrate the ingenuity and smart ideas of engineers who solve problems to help make people a bit more independent. Standards are getting better in complex jobs'.

Attendees at the ceremony were treated to stories, images and videos of impressive, efficient and effective equipment. Winners also took some time to address questions from the audience.

The charity works closely with occupational therapists to assess each case individually. One such case involving an occupational therapist won the Inman Award at the ceremony.

Senior occupational therapist Heidi Grant, from the Blindfold Integrated Community Rehabilitation Team, worked with Linda, an accomplished singer and pianist who was deeply affected when treatment for breast cancer left her unable to support her left arm to move it sufficiently to play the piano.

Heidi said: 'Linda's treatment had left her with contractures and lymphedema in her upper left arm. She was able to lift her left hand onto the piano keyboard but due to weakness in her wrist, unable to maintain this position and her hand would slide of the keyboard. As a temporary solution, we provided a collar and cuff to support her left wrist when playing piano but, as a along-term solution, we enlisted the assistance of Remap.'

Alan Blunder, a volunteer with Remap Bournemouth, visited Linda with Heidi and together they came up with the idea of fitting a rail to the edge of the piano with a wheeled wrist support like a truck that could run silently up and down the rail. Developing this device has enabled Linda to play piano again.

Heidi added : 'On trying out the aid Linda was overjoyed and immediately able to play for her own pleasure.

 

(1to 1) Occupational  therapist Heidi Grant with Linda, an accomplished singer and pianist 

As a community occupational therapist, I'm often dealing with activities of daily living, such as washing and dressing, transfers and being able to prepare a hot drink or meal, so when Linda mentioned that she was a piano/singing teacher and struggled to play the piano anymore, I  jumped at the chance to help her.

'I love the fact that occupational therapist are able to 'think outside the box' and be creative when thinking ways to empower people to be independent and help them make their lives more meaningful. And the fact that Remap is able to take our (crazy) ideas and put them into realities is brilliant.'

 

Source:  OT News July 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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