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Powered Armchair Modification

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---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a custom adapted armchair for an adult with Charcot Marie Tooth Disease, a disease similar to Muscular Dystrophy, which causes muscle weakness and foot drop, making it difficult to walk. The individual had used a powered lounge chair to watch television. The chair had a remote control which tilted the chair at an angle that would lift the individual forward and hold him into an almost standing position to help him transfer to his walker and then wheelchair. When the user went to replace his chair, he and his wife realized that the original model had been discontinued. The replacement had much shorter arms, so when he reached the full tilted position he could not put his hands on the chair's arms to steady himself and push forward towards the walker. A TAD volunteer evaluated the chair and determined that the arms were about six inches too short for the user to lean his hands. The solution was to make a metal extension for the arms making them at right angles for a bit of extra support. Since the chair's cover was attached with Velcro, it was easy to detach the spare material that could be used to stretch over the arm extenders. In addition to resolving the issue that the arms on the chair were too short, the volunteer observed that the user was having difficulty using both hands to operate the chair's controller. Since the remote was attached by a cable, the user had to hold it in one hand and press the switch with the other hand. The volunteer fashioned a cradle for the controller out of sheet metal and bolted it to the outside of the chair so the user could operate the switch using only one hand. TITLE: The Converted Armchair. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 32, Number 2, August 2012: p. 4. PAGES: 2 with cover.

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Powered Armchair Modification

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Technical Aid To The Disabled (Tad)
Technical Aid To The Disabled (Tad) Organization Type: 
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TADNSW 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.
Address: 
Locked Bag 2008
2145 Wentworthville Australia
Email address: tad@tadnsw.org.au
Fax: -11742
AU
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http://www.tadnsw.org.au
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Therapeutic Aids
 
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