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Custom step and rail

Five-year-old Rhiannon, who has mild cerebral palsy, is quite small, and needed a relatively high platform to give her stability transferring on to the toilet but also struggled to step up so high.

Rhiannon’s therapist therefore asked for an extra step between the floor and the platform. This needed to be retractable in order to fit into the family bathroom and enable the shower door to be opened. Also, the rails are height adjustable so they can be raised as Rhiannon grows and still provide optimum support.

According to Rhiannon’s mother Alicia, a commercially available plastic unit that they had used for another child was not stable or strong enough for Rhiannon. “It had to be strong enough for her to pull herself up without it falling over on top of her,” she said.

The unit was made by volunteer John Crimmings, and has been a great success. “Rhiannon is now almost totally independent in toileting,” Alicia said, “and the platform has made all the difference.”

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