Category: Lower Extremity Disabilities

Chair Brake

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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable an individual with a motor neuron disability to transfer safely to and from a wheeled office chair with the aid of a caregiver. The office chair has a swivel seat and a standard five-leg star base with casters. During transfers the seat could swivel or the chair move. To stop the chair from moving, a standard spring-loaded doorstop with a metal pin and a rubber stopper on the end was bolted to a leg on each side of the base. The caregiver can push down on the pin with a foot to anchor the chair and push the attached tabs to release it. To stop the seat from swivelling a thick metal post was bolted to the seat plate; two metal fingers were mounted to the bottom of the post, parallel to the floor. When the caregiver pushes the fingers through 90 degrees with a foot, the fingers extend down on either side of one the chair legs, locking the seat to the leg and keeping the seat in place. TITLE: Chair Brake. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Vol 23 no 1, Autumn 2003: p.18. PAGES (including cover): 2 2003.


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