What are your everyday thoughts, questions, concerns, successes, and challenges?
I assume this individual has an injury level that does not allow her to use her arms. I'm not sure about the fan but as far as the phone she could use a Bluetooth connected to a headset and to a sip and puff equipped transducer that will allow her to turn the phone on and off. When combined with a cell phone that utilizes voice activated commands she will have a cell phone system that she can easily control.
I agree with JoeG. Bluetooth makes all the difference in the world. I have also seen some cell phone holders that attach to a chair. I use a Nokia 920 with voice activation. Samsung is also supposed to have a decent amount of hands free apps and voice activation featured.
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We tried all the cell ular stuff, and it all fell down for one reason or another. Instead, we now hook through her computer with someting called SAJE. It has a remote headset, and software on the computer that allows for voice dialing, answering, etc. We use a set of butterfly switches mounted on her chair that start it up. SIp and puff could be used as well. My wife can move her arms but not her head.
We also have a permobile wheelchair with joystick controller that allows her to bluetooth to the computer using an add-on control center called Rnet from PG Drives technology. Combined with Dragon Naturally speaking, She is able to do most every thing with her computer. Designed a deck for us last year. Further, this RNet system allows her to change tv channels using butterfly swithces that change modes on the controller, and joystick to select channels, etc on the TV. If your patient can use hands (I'm guessing so with a manual chair) there are even more alternatives- like Ipad mini's that attach and work as controllers, etc.
We also set up a door opener from opensesame.com that opens the garage door from the house. Then I put a controller down about waist level that controls the garage door, so she can get out herself when she wants. I could go on, but you can see much of this stuff by simply surfing the web a bit. If you don't like the method I mentioned, they did modify one garage door opener towork with a butterfly switch instead of the button on front.
The last thing I'd mention is a power lift called Surehands. Look into it. It allows the person to use a lift to get themselves in and out of the chair without help. You can even put in rails so they can transfer to the toilet, bed, etc. Pretty expensive, but there are agencies that will help with expenses on these things also.
Look into sammons preston (Now Roylan) and Abledata.com for some of the other things you might find. Everybody's injury is different so some stuff works and some doesn't. I have a closet full of tried stuff.