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---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create custom adapted footplates for an electric wheelchair used by an individual with reduced mobility and strength. When this individual sits in her chair with the footplates at a comfortable height for her, they rubbed on the wheels, particularly when she was turning. Additionally, this individual did not have enough strength in her feet to push the footplates up out of the way when she wanted to get out of the chair. Sometimes a care giver could assist her but there were other times where that was not always possible to find someone to assist her in using the bathroom. To solve the issue of the footplates rubbing the wheels a 30 by 30 wedge was cut out of each of the footplates so they would not hit the wheels. To address the second issue, a right-angled steel bracket was attached so that it protrudes 30 millimeters near the bottom of a commercially available gripper stick. The individual can hook this bracket under the footplates to pull them up. To keep the stick within easy reach for the user, tool clips were attached to the wheelchair, but after two or three weeks of constant use, the clips broke. Another approach wrapping Velcro strips around the left side back edge of the seat and putting corresponding strips around the gripper stick to attach it solved this issue. The individual can easily reach behind her and pull off the stick when she needs it. TITLE: Footplate problems. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 30, Number 3, July 2010: p. 10. PAGES: 2 with cover.
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