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---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a customized adapted shower stool to allow a child with muscular dystrophy to wash his face and hair in the shower. Due to the child’s legs being abducted, he was unable to use the footplates on his commode to raise his legs and use a previous washing system. The child’s therapist suggested a separate footstool which would enable the child to sit in a stable position with his feet wide apart. After an in-home evaluation a device was created with six legs made from square stainless steel tube with rubber stoppers on the end, four on each corner and an additional two at the front. The legs are adjustable through 25 millimeters to take the slope in the bathroom floor into account. The 1000 millimeter-wide top is made from white acrylic (this was generously supplied free by Pacific West Corporation), which is easy to clean and looks neat in the bathroom. The stool also has a 50 millimeter lip at either end to hold the child’s feet in position. Additionally, the top of the stool has a cutout on one side, which is intended to provide space for a carer to assist him if needed. Finally, there is a post on one side of the stool made from round steel tube with a rubber stopper at the top. This acts as a handle so that Malcolm’s carer can lift the stool in and out without having to bend over. TITLE: Bathroom stool. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 30, Number 2, April 2010: p. 11. PAGES: 2 with cover.
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