Category: Aids for Daily Living

Custom Adapted Cot

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---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a custom adapted cot/crib for a mother with muscular dystrophy who has difficulty bending and lifting. An adaptation was needed to a cot that is low enough for the mother to access from her wheelchair but tall enough for her chair to slide under and to access easily while standing. First the cot was raised onto timber pillars to lift it higher. A sliding door was cut in half to create two doors which open out at 180 degree angles. The double doors allow the mother easy access to the cot’s interior and reduce the need to stoop so much when standing. Additionally, when she is in her chair, the wide angles mean that she has plenty of space to turn her chair around and not be obstructed by the open doors. For added safety and security, a lock was created on top of the doors making the cot childproof as the child got a little older. The hinges are pinch proof so that the child cannot catch his fingers, and the cot modifications compiled with the Australia and New Zealand Standards. TITLE: Part of the Furniture. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 31, Number 4, Spring 2011: p. 5. PAGES: 2 with cover.


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Custom Adapted Cot

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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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