Rachael attended her appointment for an assessment for modifications to her wheelchair controls due to her increasing difficulty in using her joystick.
Rachael was offered a small joystick that she would control with her chin. Rachael was concerned that this would be unsuitable as she felt that she would knock the joystick accidentally due to not being in full control of her chin and neck movements.
Rachael asked if the joystick could be adapted so that she could just control her legs with it.
Two other members of staff were consulted. When they plugged Rachael's wheelchair into a computer they found that it would not be possible to separate the control of the legs from the control of the back.
They are going to contact the technical staff at Invacare to see whether they can solve the problem or if a new programme could be written for Rachael's wheelchair.
Rachael was disappointed that a solution couldn't be found, she said that she would send an email to S showing him how one of her friends had had a wheelchair adapted.S said that he will continue to work on the problem and will contact Rachael as soon as he finds a solution.