Category: Other Bed Aids

Bed Access Stairs

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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide safe access to a custom-built bed for a child with cerebral palsy, developmental disabilities, and vision and hearing impairments at a comfortable height for care givers. The Custom-built Child’s Bed (see also separate entry) is a standard-sized twin bed with a high wooden storage base designed to keep the child safe while providing a comfortable height for caregivers. To provide access to the bed for the child, a set of access stairs was built in two parts. The first section consists of three steps and the second section is a platform providing access to the bed. The two sections are clipped together with suitcase catches. Both sections have height-adjustable handrails with an intermediate safety panel to ensure that the child cannot slip beneath the handrails. The stairs have closed risers to prevent the child from catching her feet and each step is covered in white non-slip strips; a contrasting black edge aids in visibility. The platform and stairs are made of nine-millimeter plywood and the platform and handrail supports are made of steel tube. Once the stair section is unclipped from the platform, it can be tipped on small wheels attached to the back for transport. DIMENSIONS: The initial height of the handrails is 570 millimeters and they can be adjusted another 200 millimeters. TITLE: Playing and Growing. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 25, Number 4, Summer 2005. PAGES: 8-9. Number of pages: 3 (including 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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