Category: Beds

Bed Lifter

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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable the existing bed of a young teen with cerebral palsy to be raised and lowered vertically to provide comfortable access for caregivers. The bed was an antique mahogany four-poster bed, which the young man liked, but which was of fixed height, making it difficult for caregivers to attend to his needs. A lifter was designed and built that would independently elevate the mattress and its base. The device was designed to fit beneath the bed and to lift the mattress upward without endways movement. The lifting unit is a four-link mechanism with a control rod powered by a Linak electric actuator, a commercial product used with beds and personal lifts. The link mechanism works as a parallelogram, keeping the bed horizontal while raising it vertically. This allows the action to occur within the confines of the original bed structure. Square and rectangular hollow section steel was used for the lifter’s frame which was mounted on casters so it can be rolled out if necessary. The pivot points of the mechanism have ball joints mounted on ball bearings. The actuator is operated by a handset with push button control and the bed can be stopped at any point of travel up or down. DIMENSIONS: The device can lift the mattress base up to 320 millimeters. COLOR: The frame was painted to match the woodwork of the bed. TITLE: Robert’s Bed Lifter. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 25, Number 4, Summer 2005. PAGES: 14-15. Number of pages: 3 (including cover).


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Bed Lifter

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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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