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Elevating Chair

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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable an individual with muscular dystrophy to rise from a chair independently. The user required a chair that would raise him almost to a standing position and enable him to wiggle off the seat while adjusting the height as needed. A commercially-available swiveling, reclining armchair was purchased and mounted on a castored steel base equipped with a motor, gearbox, and power screw. A square metal tube frame was added to the base to support the chair, retaining a slight backward tilt for comfort and stability by keeping the user's weight over the wheelbase. The lift mechanism operates with the chair mounted on rollers that run up inclined tracks mounted on either side of the chair. The track supports run through the armrests in order to retain as much of the armrests as possible. Range of travel is controlled by limit switches at either end. The lift is operated by a joystick mounted at the front of the right armrest. The chair can also be operated via a remote plugged into the control. Brakes were fitted to the front castors for stability during transfers. Handles were added to the armrests to assist with transfers. POWER: Uses a 12-volt motorcycle battery with a built-in charger. TITLE: Elevating Chair. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 27, Number 2, August 2007: p. 13-14. PAGES: 3 (including cover).

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06/15/2008
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Technical Aid To The Disabled (TAD)
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TAD is a charity organisation that has the authority to fundraise. TAD uses volunteers dedicated to the design, construction and provision of aids for people with disabilities. Members of TAD provide a resource pool comprising a range of design, engineering, rehabilitation, computer, therapy and other professional and technical skills. Aids custom-designed by TAD volunteers are described in the TAD Journal.
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Email address: tad@tadnsw.org.au
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http://www.tadnsw.org.au
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Therapeutic Aids