Category: Neurological Disabilities

Chair With Double Seat

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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable an individual with neurological disabilities to sit upright. Because of severe pain, the only comfortable position for the individual is with his legs completely curled up. A chair with essentially with a two-layer seat was developed. The upper section supports the user's buttocks and the lower section supports the legs in a curled position. The seat layers are mounted on a base made of one-inch square tubular steel. Castors at one end allow the chair to be tilted and transported while remaining stable during transfers. The upper and lower seats are made of padded plywood mounted on a metal frame, and the upper seat has a mesh fabric back. A padded box behind the lower seat provides support for the user's feet. Each seat needs to be positioned precisely to achieve comfort and reduce the risk of pressure ulcers. To accomplish proper positioning, an electro-linear actuator drives the upper seat up and down the main post. Another electric motor and chain drive move the front of the lower seat up and down. Hinges at the other end of the lower seat enable the angle to be altered to increase or decrease the degree of support and bending of the user's legs. POWER: Uses a rechargeable 12-volt battery. TITLE: Double Seat. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 27, Number 2, August 2007: p. 14-15. PAGES: 3 (including cover).


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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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