Category: lower extremity disabilities

Commode Footstool

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---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a customized commode chair for a youth with cerebral palsy and developmental delay to use the bathroom. Since this individual is 14 years old, his parents did not want to purchase a commode chair only to replace it in a few years when he grows taller. The most suitable commode was too big as his legs would not reach the footplate. The child’s therapist requested a waterproof platform that would sit on the footplate and provide a stable rest for the feet. A low-priced plywood coffee table, which had a smooth top and curved sides with the correct dimensions was chosen since it would be easy to waterproof and clean. Due to how the table was created the customizer knew the glue in the ply must be waterproof and ideal for this project. The table legs were cut off to the required length and the platform was painted with an epoxy marine paint and fitted with non-slip strips on top. So that the platform can be removed later without compromising the commode, aluminum angle brackets were added to the inside of the legs and then Velcro strips on the bottom that attach to the corresponding Velcro strips on the footplates. TITLE: Simple but effective. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 31, Number 1, Summer 2011: p. 9. PAGES: 2 with cover.


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Commode Footstool

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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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