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---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a custom adapted walking frame modification for and individual with congenital hip dislocation and has difficulty walking unaided. While this individual uses an electric scooter for going to the local shops and an electric wheelchair around her home, she requires a folding walker to take with her when going on outings in a car. The Admed seat walker with a basket and hand brakes was best suited for the individual’s needs but was too difficult to use due to the handles being uncomfortably high from the ground (830 millimeters). An adaptation which would lower the handles was suggested. First the old handles from the walker were removed as they were too short to re-use. New handles were made by bending 25 millimeter tubing. The padded handgrips and brake levers fro the old handles were able to be recycled and used on the new handles. The new handles were fitted to into the frame so that they now sit 130 millimeters lower than the old ones. The handle height can be adjusted in the same manner prior to the modification. The modification made the walker much more comfortable to use, the modification does not prevent the frame from folding, and the seat remains at the same height. TITLE: Handles lowered. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 30, Number 3, July 2010: p. 10-11. PAGES: 3 with cover.
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