I feel like I would be in a much better place mentally and emotionally if I could start painting again... But how, with my current range of movement?
How to paint with MD?
Assistive painting devices?
The Arm Easel- 'taking the pain out of painting'
Bob has a diagnosis of limb girdle muscular dystrophy, a disease that causes weakness in the arms and legs. Bob has had to be confined to a wheelchair as he is no longer safe moblising and has had multiple falls.
Bob is very upset that he can no longer be so independent- he requires help for washing, dressing and eating. But now he cannot paint, an activity that was incredibly meaningful to him. His mood and motivation have decreased. His wife is very concerned about his wellbeing.
Bob's wife does a bit of googling about artists who have MD and how they do it. She accesses charities' websites who have links to specialist equipment websites, along with information about how this equipment can be funded if necessary. She finds 'The Arm Easel'
An Arm Easel is fitted onto Bob's wheelchair arm by an occupational therapist to make sure that it is safe and suitable for Bob's needs. Bob can trial the equipment under supervision and adjustments can be made to customize the equipment for him. Any and all questions can be answered face to face
The Arm Easel acts as a splint for the lower arm and wrist. A pneumatic system of elevation counterbalances the weight of the arm, assisting whatever active movements Bob is still capable of, whilst reducing pain. This should enable him to hold and manipulate a paint brush for extended periods of time.
Bob's well-being is much improved by his restored ability to paint. He has been single-handedly redecorating the house thanks to the Arm Easel. Bob has not yet explored other applications of this arm support but is eager to give it a go. The material of the sling is machine washable which is good- Bob's co-ordination is not as good as it was!