Category: Grasping Aid for Hand

Jar Opener

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---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To provide a custom adaptation of a jar opener for individuals with hand paralysis to unscrew the lid from a variety of jar sizes. A standard vise was modified by bounding a 1-inch thick strip of hard rubber to each jaw face. Each rubber strip has a “v” cut out of the center to allow firm gripping the jar. The vise is mounted to a convenient counter space. The second component consists of a plastic handle with a cam on the end. A 1-inch canvas webbing forms the loop that goes around the jar lid; the left side of the handle and the inside of the end of the webbing, have mating Velcro strips. Using just the wrists, the web is positioned loosely around the lid by the user. The webbing can be pulled snug with a finger through the ring even though there is no muscle control of that finger. A push of the handle to the right brings the cam into action, causing the web to tighten and provides leverage such that the lid is easily opened. TITLE: The Jar Opener. WEBSITE: Workshop Solutions. REF:


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