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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable an individual with balance disabiolities and only one hand to use a walker. A commercially-available wheeled walker with a seat was purchased and adapted. First, the existing wheels were replaced with larger ones to make it easier to traverse bumpy surfaces. Next, the walker was fitted with a stainless steel cross bar between the existing handles. To add the cross bar, the rubber handgrip on the left side was removed and an aluminum swivel block was fitted over the left arm, with stops at each end to keep it in position. Fixed to the swivel block is one end of the cross bar; the other end of the bar has a clip attached to it that locks onto the right handgrip. A rubber handgrip was added in the center of the cross bar. Using the cross bar, the individual can steer the walker with one hand and push down the legs to engage the brakes. The cross bar folds out of the way to enable use of the seat. TITLE: Retirement Projects. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 27, Number 2, August 2007: p. 14-15. PAGES: 3 (including cover).
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