Category: Environmental Adaptations

Shower Access Platform

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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide access to a shower stall for an individual with mobility disabilities. The shower of the home was too small to allow a shower chair to be maneuvered and the base of the shower was recessed into the floor, making it difficult to pull the chair out of the shower. The solution was to develop a platform or false floor made of marine plywood. The platform was square with one corner cut out to fit around a small ledge in the shower. The plywood was treated with a waterproof coating , slots were cut in it to permit drainage, and non-slip strips were added to the surface. Lengths of PVC pipe and feet made from door stoppers were attached to the underside of the platform to raise the platform to the level of the bathroom floor. The feet were set slightly back from the platform's edge to accommodate the curved edge of the shower. Since the platform needed to be lifted to allow the floor underneath to dry or be cleaned, a metal T-bar handle was made. The handle had prongs at the bottom that fit into the surface slots to enable the platform to be lifted when the handle is turned. A shallow ramp made of Tyrex rubber was addedto the front of the platform to accommodate the height difference between the floor and the platform. DIMENSIONS: The platform is 90 centimeters square. TITLE: Shower Access. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 25, Number 2, Winter 2005: P. 17-18. PAGES: 3 (including cover).


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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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