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---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a customized shower chair for an individual with campomelic dwarfism and intellectual disabilities. This individual required a caregiver to bathe her but without getting water in her ears. Previous methods and adaptations were not useful as they required the assistance of another individual and/or they were hard on the care giver’s back. This customized adaptation is modified version the “Matilda” bath seat design which rests on a bath stand. This design has a flat seat and a hinged seat back, which are both covered with outdoor furniture fabric. The seat back on a standard “Matilda” is adjustable between 60 to 40 degrees from vertical, but it was made to adjust between 80 to 20 degrees using a customized deckchair-style prop. This allows the individual to lean back for hair washing. The seat back has a separate upper section that supports the individual’s head when the seat is more upright, but that section can be removed when the user is tilted back to make the hair washing easier. There are also armrests to assist with the individual staying in position and give her something to hold onto when she is returning to a sitting position; there is also a pelvic belt and crotch strap for added safety and security. The unit was sprayed bright pink, the individual’s favorite color. TITLE: Customized shower seat. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 31, Number 2, Autumn 2011: pp. 8-9. PAGES: 3 with cover.
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