How to make an arm support. My Breath My Music Step by step guide
Our Occupational Therapist Marieke van der Togt, designed an armrest for Marlon. The first goal was to let Marlon eat his own sandwich again. And with success, if Marlon uses a fork he can eat on his own.
But that is not the only benefit, he also can use the armrest for getting access to the keys of his musical instrument.
This is Recep and Marieke. They are going to show us how you can make an arm support. The totall cost of material being used is less then 50 Euro.
We use Ezeform Light Splinting Material, a strong, durable, thermoplastic synthetic that provides a resistant stretch with superior draping and conforming qualities. Its excellent rigidity make it ideal for hand, knee, ankle and body splints, and it requires no reinforcement. Both Ezeform and Ezeform Light, a lightweight version of the former, soften in hot water and harden within minutes. DIMENSIONS: Ezeform Light comes in 1/8 x 12 x 18 inch sheets only. A577-11
1. Draw dementions on a piece of paper
2. Cut out the drawwing and draw that shape on the thermoplastic plate.
4. To make the thermoplastic material flexible you have to put it in 80°C/ 176°F water
6. Now we need Irma for some extra hands
7. Bend the thermoplastic to the shape of the arm 8. If nessesry put it back in the hot water
You have to find a place to stick the new armrest to the wheelchair. In Holland the electric wheelchairs have a sort of table plate. It is handy for all sorts of things. In our case it is handy for our newly-made armrest.