Walking Frame Modifications
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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide custom adaptation to a walking frame for an individual with rheumatoid arthritis. The current walking frame provided to the individual by the hospital had several issues. The individual’s arms are quite short and slender, and the armrests were set too wide for her; therefore, her arms were not at the right angle and the sides of the armrests were cutting into her. The existing vinyl cover and foam padding on the armrests was removed, the armrests were repositioned inwards, and the sides cut down. Protective edging was placed on the raw edges, a thick layer of foam was added, and then sheepskins covers (purchased by the individual) were placed on the armrests. In addition to comfort, the frame was adapted to carry plates of food and hot drinks from the kitchen to the dining area or to a chair in a lounge room. A timber tray was made which fits onto the front bar of the frame. Because the frame is not attached to the frame in any way, it can be easily removed when the frame is folded up to go in a car. The tray does not have any catches that would make it difficult to manipulate. It slides under the armrests and rests on the front bar. Additionally, the tray has a lip on the side facing the individual and a hole at the front so that a hot drink can be rested safely—thus removing chances of items falling off and causing injury. TITLE: Staying at home. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 29, Number 1, March 2009: pp. 14-15 PAGES: 3. (including cover).