Category: Legrests

Leg Support For Wheelchair

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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable an individual with a fused knee to use a wheelchair. The legrest extends straight out from the wheelchair seat, supporting the legs while leaving the foot free. A support frame was created from square steel tubing and mounted on the right front frame of the chair and under the seat. A horizontal piece comes out from the wheelchair frame and attaches to a vertical piece that supports the horizontal leg support. The support itself is made from half a section of six-inch PVC stormwater pipe. The ends were heated and turned over to eliminate sharp edges. The PVC form was lined with foam and fitted with a sheepskin cover. Initially, the support was set at a fixed angle of 22 degrees; however, the user found that adjustability was needed, so the support was altered to provide support in three places. The initial adjustment is made using bolts on the vertical frame piece; once this is done, further fine adjustments are made to ensure that the support meets the seat exactly. These adjustments are made using an adjustment point further down the vertical piece and a second point at the bottom of the right wheelchair frame. TITLE: Wheelchair Leg Support. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Vol 23 no 2, Winter 2003: p. 18-19. PAGES (including cover): 3 2003.


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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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