Category: Walker Accessories

Walker Modifications

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---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create walker modifications for an adult with paralysis on his right side, use of only the left arm and hand, and with balance disabilities. The user attends a local bridge club with an entrance that has a steep ramp with no handrail on the left side, and he had to rely on someone to walk next to him for stability and balance in addition to using his walker. The walker was helpful, but without the use of his right hand, when the frame brakes were applied, sometimes the frame would swerve due to uneven breaking, creating the potential for falls. To create a custom adaptation, both brakes handles were removed from the walker and a crossbar of aluminum was fashioned. The right side of the new crossbar was hinged so it could pivot, and the left side, being the side with usable hand, was made detachable so that the handle could be swung down to make the seat accessible. To re-attach the bar, one only needs to screw the tri-bolt which has a large, easily managed head. A single brake lever was placed in the center of the crossbar, and modified brake cables were installed using a device called “Balanced Brake Splitter” developed by TAD volunteers. Finally, rubber hand grips were fitted on the cross-bar for comfort. The modifications provided the user with greater independence as he could safely operate his walker with only his left hand. TITLE: Staying Independent. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 31, Number 4, Spring 2011: p. 14. PAGES: 2 with cover.


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Walker Modifications

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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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