Friday, 10 July 2015

Stuntman's Acessible Home

A film stunt double left paralysed after a scene went wrong is featuring in a new series of short film to help disabled people to live more independently.

David Holmes, 30, was left tetraplegic and now uses a wheelchair after an accident when he was working as a stunt double on the set of a major movie franchise in Leavesden Hertfordshire, when a scene involving an explosion while he was 'flying' in a harness went wrong.

Lawyers at Irwin Mitchell worked to secure a settlement and has now produced a series of inspirational online videos alongside David which show some of the special adaptations in his home to help with everyday tasks including:

*         A tablet computer to help control his house - and allow him to open the front door via video link to let carers and nurses in

*         A sliding door system so the doors don't get in the way of his wheelchair

*         Taps operated with a push button which changes temperature depending on the number of presses

*         A lift helps him get between floors

*         A Special electronic bed which makes it easier to get in and out

*         Adapted bathroom with special taps, toilet and shower to allow easy access in a wheelchair.

There is also an interactive online guide to possible changes that can be made to the home called
Great Adaptations which runs through potential improvements room by room.

David said: "Words can't describe how much confidence this house and the adaptations have given me. It's changed the way I tackle my rehabilitation from injuries and changed the way I interact with friends and family.

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