Category: Balance Disabilities

Modified Dining Chair

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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable an individual who uses a walker and has upper extremity weakness to transfer safely to a dining chair for meals. The individual required a chair that enabled her to sit and then swivel into position and lock the seat in position for eating. A standard office chair with a five-legged star base was purchased. To ensure the chair would be safe and stable during transfers, the existing casters were removed and replaced with rubber feet. Because the left armrest would sweep the table and knock over items during the turning process, the existing hard plastic armrests were removed and replaced with upholstered ones. The left armrest was also hinged to the support post so the user could flip it out of the way while turning the chair. To ensure that the chair was securely locked in place whil the user eats, a round horizontal plate was installed under the seat with slots cuit around the circumference into which a single "tooth" drops to stop the chair from revolving. The user reaches down with her right hand and lifts a spring-loaded lever to allow the chair to rotate and releases it to lock the seat when it is in the desired position. TITLE: Dining Chair. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 27, Number 1, May 2007: p. 16. PAGES: 2 (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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Email address: tad@tadnsw.org.au
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http://www.tadnsw.org.au
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