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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To adapt a commercially-available shower commode chair to meet the safety needs of an individual with multiple sclerosis. Because the individual has spasms and tremors and has difficulty controlling his movements, he required assistance to remain upright and safe in the shower. To protect the individual's back from the metal bar across the back of the chair. A pad of closed-cell foam was attached to the back of the chair with straps made of seat belt webbing and finished with plastic buckles, enabling the pad to be removed for cleaning. A chest strap was also added to the chair. The strap was made of outdoor furniture fabric with the edges hemmed under. The ends to be attached to the chair were also hemmed and a piece of stainless steel was threaded through the hem. Self-tapping screws were used to attach the strap to the uprights of the chair through the stainless steel. A metal ring was attached to the left side of the strap and a strip of Velcro was added to the right side of the strap. The Velcro loops through the ring and folds back on itself to secure the strap. DIMENSIONS: The seat belt webbing is 25 millimeters (mm) wide and the furniture fabric was 15 centimeters wide. The stainless steel was 12 x 3 mm. The left end of the chest strap was 250 mm long and the right end was 700 mm long. TITLE: Shower Chair Safety. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 25, Number 1, Autumn 2005: P. 8. PAGES: 2 (including cover).
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