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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide a means for a caregiver to lift an individual with multiple sclerosis from the floor after a fall. This lift has a frame made of welded rectangular hollow steel and a three-sided base which is closed at the rear of the device and open at the front. Casters were installed on the two closed corners and on the two open ends, with the casters on the open ends set outside the frame to leave room for the lift seat to move. The rear casters are equipped with brake that snap down to lock the unit in place while the user is getting into it. Two vertical pieces extend upward from the two closed corners of the base and a crossbar connects them, creating a handlebar for moving the device. The device is equipped with an aluminum seat with a plywood base and back that moves up and down on a central vertical screw shaft powered by an electric drill motor with a V-belt pulley speed reducer. A switch on the drill motor changes the direction of the movement from up to down. By pushing the switch in the opposite direction and pulling the drill trigger, the seat with the individual in it can be raised to enable the user to transfer to a chair. DIMENSIONS: The seat on the lift can be raised to a height of 500 millimeters. TITLE: Powered Person-Lifter. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 25, Number 1, Autumn 2005. P. 10-11. PAGES: 3 (including cover).
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