Precision Rehab Luke pushcahir

Over the years, Precision Rehab has developed a reputation as a specialist in bespoke powerchairs. However, when new parents and wheelchair users Luke and Yasmin Hamill needed a way to push their newborn child in his pram, director Matt James and the team at Precision had to put their expertise and ingenuity to the test to find a solution for the new family.

Luke and Yasmin, both wheelchair users as a result of spinal cord injuries, knew when they embarked on starting a family that they would have to find solutions for certain things that others take for granted. In particular, the pair had to find a solution to enable them to push a pram from their wheelchair.

“Bobby was born in June; however, our problem was that from the end of March, when we thought we would be buying and researching various items, pretty much everywhere was shut so this became something of a challenge,” explained Luke.

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“This was especially the case when it came to looking for a way of connecting the pram to our wheelchairs when we went out of the house and, as far as we could tell, there was nothing available which I found very hard to believe in this day and age.”

Luke discussed this with a friend who recommended Matt at Precision Rehab might be able to help.

“Being introduced to Matt was fantastic,” continued Luke.

“We met up, I explained what we were looking for and he went away promising to come back with a solution – and he did not let us down.”

Sitting down with the pair and discussing their requirements, Matt explained the right supplier came straight to his mind.

“I knew that as the preferred supplier in the disability sector for Ram Mount UK, we would be able to offer a solution by combining several items from the Ram Mount range,” he said.

“I visited in late May to test my initial idea in theory. We then ordered the parts I thought would work best and visited again in July to test it and was delighted to see how well it worked and how easy Luke and Yasmin found it to use.”

How did Precision Rehab come up with the solution?

The final version consists of a medium Tough-Claw HD Mount with 18-inch Pole, a heavy duty medium Tough-Claw with 1.5-inch diameter solid rubber ball and a single socket Arm 1.5-inch ball with 0.5-inch NPT thread and metal knob, all sourced from Ram Mount and then slightly tweaked where necessary.

One end connects under Luke or Yasmin’s wheelchair with the other end connects to Bobby’s pram while a tether also connects them to the pram as a safety back-up.

Delighted with the solution, Luke brought it there & then and since being out and about with Bobby, the solution has grabbed the attention of others.

“We have already received requests from other mums-to-be who are also manual wheelchair users,” commented Matt.

“We pride ourselves on always going the extra mile to ensure every client receives the powerchair and adaptations they need to ensure they can be as independent as possible and we wish Luke, Yasmin and Bobby all the best for the future.”

Thanks to the ingenious adaptation, the family can now enjoy days in the park or trips to the shops and to see family and friends without worrying about pushing Bobby in his pram – especially when they encounter any inclines.

“We cannot thank Matt enough for all his hard work in resolving what was a real concern to us as a family,” added Luke.

“He knew how worried we were but put our minds at rest and came up with a great solution which I am sure many other families could benefit from.”

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