Category: Lifts

Modified Stair Climber

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---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a custom adapted modification to a stair climber for an individual who uses a wheelchair. The individual attends a mediation class that requires him to get up a flight of 20 steps. Previously he used a commercially available stair climber that clamped onto his wheelchair and lifted him up the stairs. This adaptation was working well until the user got a new wheelchair which was not compatible with the stair climber. The new wheelchair has a cross bar behind it to support the back of the chair, but the crossbar prevented the arms of the stair climber from reaching the wheelchair to lock onto the sides. The crossbar on the wheelchair was thrusting the chair forward and making the sides of the chair too far away from the clamps on the stair climber. The solution was to move the clamps on the stair climber forward. The volunteer cut a piece of aluminum into a bar of about 40 millimeters by 40 millimeters to make a spacer. Then the spacer was cut to match the profile of the stair climber’s existing arm to make a tight fit. The clip was then riveted onto the stair climber to ensure that the spacer couldn’t fall off. The second part of the problem was that the adjustable bolt that slides the clamp back and forth needed to be longer. Inserting long bolts completed the job. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 32, Number 1, April 2012: p. 12. PAGES: 2 with cover.


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Modified Stair Climber

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Technical Aid To The Disabled (TAD)
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TAD 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.

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