The Bed Lifters are leg extenders designed for use by individuals with arthritis, back pain, or mobility or lower extremity disabilities. These hardwood blocks lift a bed up off the floor, making it easier to get in and out of bed. These extenders can be used with square or round bed posts, casters up to 2.75 inches in diameter, and trundle beds. When stacked, these blocks fit together securely; steel rods (included) add additional stability. DIMENSIONS (HxWxL): Each block is 3.5 x 4.5 x 4.5 i
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Blocks to elevate furniture to facilitate sitting and rising. Describes construction of blocks to elevate furniture, made of a solid block of wood slightly larger than the furniture leg to go on it and at whatever height needed, with a shell made of 4 pieces of plywood 1 1/2 times as tall as the block, firmly fastened to the block to provide stability. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: How to Make it Cheap Manual: Volume
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable caregivers to assist individuals in and out of bed without bending. A boxed frame of plywood and chipboard was nade to elevate a wood-frame bed. The lengthwise edges were recessed toward the center of the bed enabling the caregiver to to get as close to the bed as possible. Detachable sidepieces slot into the bed frame to prevent the individual from falling out of bed. The sidepieces fit at the end of the bed when not in use. DIMENSIONS: The unit raises the
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable an individual with rheumatoid arthritis to use an arm chair. This project involved building a wooden frame to elevate the chair while not causing the user's legs to dangle or interfering with the built-in footrest. The frame has a land set into the inside for the chair legs to rest on. The rim of the frame holds the chair securely in place and ensures that the chair cannot fall off the frame when the user moves. DIMENSIONS: 90 millimeters high with the land
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide a child with multiple disabilities with access to an elevated cut-out table. The cruciform-shaped risers were made of 9-millimeter plywood and have vertical housings at each corner. The housings accommodate the full depth of the chair legs, but pine inserts were also made which can be dropped into the housing to further elevate the chair for taller children. DIMENSIONS: The vertical housings are 180 millimeters high. TITLE: Supporting Early Intervention. JO
The Chair Sox are furniture tips designed for use by individuals with cognitive or emotional disabilities and balance disabilities. These non-slip furniture tips are designed to eliminate distracting noise of shuffling chairs and desks in a classroom setting. These tips come pre-cut and ready to assemble by slipping them over the feet of chairs or desks. The tips fit all standard classroom-style chair and desk legs. They can also be used as walker tips.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Mobile platform to place under standard chair to easily move the chair around. Instructions for building a platform with casters to place under a standard chair. Includes corner blocks to prevent legs of chair from falling off platform and the board can be lengthened for a footrest. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D. TITLE: Easy To Make Aids For Your Handicapped Child. REF: Book: Englewoods Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall Inc:
Cone Bed and Chair Raisers, model HA-4507, are leg extenders designed for use by individuals with arthritis, back pain, or mobility or lower extremity disabilities. These molded plastic cone-shaped leg extenders raise the normal bed or chair height and are designed to be steady when in use. DIMENSIONS: The height is raised by 150 millimetes.
CUSTOM ADAPTATIONPURPOSE: To prevent children and adults with cognitive disabilities and poor impulse control from throwing the desk and television. Made of laminate for durability and ease of maintenance, this wall-mounted corner desk features a return on one side and a television cabinet bolted to the corner section. Wide support legs extend to the floor at either end and in the center. Loxson bolts anchor the desk to the wall and the cabinet to the desk. The cabinet is divided into two secti
CUSTOM ADAPTATIONPURPOSE: To prevent chairs around a dining table from being moved by a child with developmental disabilities. The system involves three straps, two at each end of the rectangular table and one in the center. The end straps are bolted to the table legs at either side and run across the table and through the side arms of each chair. The middle strap runs across the surface of the table and around the other side of the chairs. Unbuckling one side strap and the center strap frees th
DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable individuals with upper extremity disabilities or tremors, arthritis, or grasping or fine motor disabilities to open cabinets and other doors. Included in a chapter entitled "Kitchen & Meal Time," this article describes how cabinet door knobs and drawer pulls can be replaced with D-shaped handles to facilitate grasping. A D-handle can also be attached to the door of a front-loading dishwasher for easier opening. Attaching a loop of rope or webbing to a D
DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with limited grasp to open drawers with knob pulls. The knobs can be removed and a length of parachute cord (available in hardware stores) threaded through the holes and knotted inside the drawer. In lieu of removing the knobs, cut a length of cord several inches longer than the distance between the two knobs, then form and knot a loop at each end large enough to slip over the knobs.
MATERIALS: Parachute cord. AUTHOR: Labbe, A. TITLE: Que
DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To make dresser drawers easier to open for senior and individuals with arthritis, use of only one hand or fine motor or grasping disabilities. The existing knobs can be removed and replaced with a small towel bar, creating a single handle that extends across the drawer and enables the user to open the drawer with one hand. MATERIALS: Small towel bars. TOOLS: Screw driver and drill. SKILLS REQUIRED: Basic carpentry skills. AUTHOR: Greenstein, D. TITLE: Dressers and Knobs.
DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To make dresser drawers easier to open for senior and individuals with arthritis or fine motor or grasping disabilities. Drawers with small round knobs can be difficult to open. For easier grasping, the knobs can be removed and replaced with larger knobs intended for use on cabinet doors. Cabinet knobs are available in a range of styles and sizes, so can be selected to make grasping easier for the intended user. For example, a larger square knob may be more accessible th
DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To make dresser drawers easier to open for senior and individuals with arthritis, use of only one hand or fine motor or grasping disabilities. The existing knobs can be removed and replaced with eye bolts with a piece of soft rope or cord tied between them, creating a single handle that extends across the drawer and enables the user to open the drawer with one hand. A modification of this option would be to leave the existing knobs in place and tie the rope between the k
Easy Risers are cone-shaped leg extenders designed to assist individuals with arthritis, neurological, mobility and balance disabilities in rising from a seated position. These hardened plastic cones can also be used to elevate the head of a bed for individuals with respiratory disabilities or acid reflux or related conditions. The risers can also be used to elevate the back legs of a chair to aid individuals in shifting their weight over their feet to aid in rising. Other uses include elevating
Furniture Risers are leg extenders designed for use by individuals with arthritis, back pain, or mobility or lower extremity disabilities. These leg extenders are designed to make sitting or rising from a couch or bed easier for the user. They are made of plastic with reinforced ribbed construction and include protective non-skid pads to protect the furniture and floor. DIMENSIONS: Raise furniture 3 or 4 inches when used as individual sets or 5 inches when stacked. The width of the 4-inch Risers
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Simple method to raise the height of furniture. Wooden blocks are made leaving the top 1/3 of their height hollow for the chair or table legs. Should be made to match the width of the furniture legs. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Simple woodworking. AUTHOR: Hale, G. TITLE: Source Book for the Disabled. REF: Book: New York; Paddington Press: p 90. NARIC CALL NUMBER: R0185 1979.
---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a lounge modification for seniors and individuals with mobility disabilities to make it easier to get up from a lounger (i.e. couch) that is low to the ground. This adaptation was created for a woman who found it increasingly difficult to stand up after sitting on her couch due to increase muscle weakness in her upper legs. The couch was set very low to the floor so extra strength was required to rise up to a standing position. A TAD volunt
Marsh Handicap Furniture includes kitchen and bathroom cabinets, desks, and bookcases designed to be accessible to wheelchair users. Toe kicks beneath cabinet floors are higher and deeper to allow for passage for wheelchair
users. Hinges open 180 degrees for barrier free access. Cabinet heights are customizable. Furniture is available in many styles and finishes. DIMENSIONS (HxD): Toe kicks are 8.5 x 6 inches.
Passport Series Cabinets are accessible cabinets for the home office and kitchen designed for use by wheelchair users and individuals of short stature. This universal design series combines traditional cabinetry with features such as low countertops and drawers.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Leg extenders to raise height of beds, tables or chairs. Describes two types of raisers. One is made with plywood and battens, and is screwed to the furniture leg. The other, also plywood, is made like a box into which the leg fits; pieces of wood, which fit in the box, adjust the height. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 46-47. Also available from
DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable individuals with lower extremity, balance, or mobility disabilities or arthritis to enter or exit a chair more easily. Included in a chapter entitled "Living Room & Leisure Activities," this article describes how to create a box platform to increase the height of a chair or sofa from two to four inches, depending on the needs of the user. The article includes detailed instructions and multiple illustrations depicting the various stages of the project. F
The Stackable Cone Raisers are leg extenders designed to increase the height of a chair or bed to facilitate sitting or rising. Each cone has a recess in the top with a non-slip pad to securely hold bed or chair legs. Each cone supports 490 pounds and the cones can be stacked to provide additional height. DIMENSIONS: The chair cones (model AA3300), are 3.5 inches high and the bed cones, (model AA3302) are 5.5 inches high. CAPACITY: 490 pounds.
DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To make dresser drawers easier to open for senior and individuals with arthritis, use of only one hand or fine motor or grasping disabilities. The existing knobs can be removed and replaced with a wooden handle that extends across the drawer and enables the user to open the drawer with one hand. To maske the handle, drill holes at each end of a horizontal dowel and in a pair of wooden spacers. Put bolts through the holes in the dowel and the specers and secure in the hol