Category: Armrests

Elbow Support For Wheelchair

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---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a custom adapted elbow support for a wheelchair user with hemiparesis following stroke. Following a stroke this individual experienced muscle weakness in her left arm which also affected her sitting balance. When sitting in her Sunrise Breezy wheelchair, her left arm would slip off the narrow armrest and she would fall sideways. Working with her occupational therapist, a commercial project was tried as a solution but proved to wide for the patron’s grip. Working on a sketch of a padded elbow cup to fit on top of the existing armrest a TADNSW volunteer refined the design so the patron’s elbow could extend further out laterally than it would on the existing armrest. The design is made from two L shapes formed from 1.6 millimeter aluminum alloy sheet, joined by a 20 by 20 millimeter aluminum angle. The new cup is level with the chair’s armrest and acts as an extension of it. The upper L forms the side and base of the new cup, and the second L is bolted to the underside of the existing tubular armrest. The upper L is covered with a 3 millimeter-thick neoprene wetsuit material for comfort. After using the cup, the patron asked for further modifications. The patron requested that the support be further forward—getting the position just right for her to be comfortable. Additionally, she requested softer padding, so an extra strip of neoprene was added to the back corner of the cup. TITLE: Wheelchair arm support. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 30, Number 3, July 2010: p. 5. PAGES: 2 with cover.


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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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