Spina bifida has left Brendon without the use of his feet, although he has good upper body movement. He uses a wheelchair for day to day mobility, and says he manages well getting to his job in customer service with the St George Bank.
Brendon needs to use a chair in the shower, and a seat was built in his bathroom some years ago by a commercial company he found through the local hospital. It is mounted on the side wall of the shower with hinges which enable it to be folded down when not in use, and has folding legs which brace against the junction of the shower floor and wall.
This device had a wooden seat covered with plastic, which sits at a slight angle so the water runs off it easily. Unfortunately, over time water penetrated the plastic and the wood gradually warped and rotted, and eventually broke completely.
The original supplier was no longer in business, so Brendon hunted around for a bathroom aids supplier who could provide a replacement seat. He could not find anyone who would do something that was custom-built, so he approached TAD for assistance.
Volunteer Kevin Everitt is in his own words ‘a boat person’, so he was very comfortable with a project that had to be waterproof. He made a new seat base out of 12mm high-density polyethylene, which has rounded corners to avoid Brendon hurting himself, and ‘will last forever’. Glued to this is a sheet of closed-cell foam, which provides a soft, non-slippery surface for Brendon to sit on.
Kevin then attached the seat to the original mounting using stainless steel brackets, which will not rust and are strong enough to withstand the force of Brendon transferring himself onto the seat from his wheelchair.