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---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a custom adapted walking frame for an older individual who has had a stroke and can be safely used with only one hand. The individual was experiencing several problems with her current walking frame—the existing gutter splints were not strong enough for her and had broken in addition to being too uncomfortable to start. Additionally, this individual needed a back rest for the seat and a method for braking safely with one hand. A unique solution was found at a local bike shop—a single brake lever which simultaneously operates two brake cables. The brake lever was mounted onto the right handle of the frame and adjusted the length of the cables to reach each of the two rear wheels. New gutter splints were created using aluminum piping cut in half lengthwise, padded with foam and covered with vinyl. A simple back rest was made using a plywood base, also padded and covered with vinyl, and mounted on the front crossbar of the frame. TITLE: Walking straight. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 30, Number 3, July 2010: p. 11. PAGES: 2 with cover.
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