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---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a custom adapted toilet flush lever for an individual with multiple sclerosis (MS) and wheelchair user. Flushing the toilet was becoming increasingly difficult because a commode occupies the space on one side of the toilet and there is a wall on the other side, making it not possible to bring the wheelchair alongside the cistern. The user had to lean right over the length of the toilet bowl to reach the flush button from her chair. An adaption using a series of tubular stainless steel linkages on a frame and attached this frame to the existing support bars on either side of the toilet. On the side of the toilet next to the wall, the existing bar supports a torque tube which extends forward and is bent 90 degrees to form an actuating lever. As it is in between the toilet and the wall, it doesn’t protrude and present a hazard. The torque tube is spring loaded to ensure that it returns to its resting position. When the user presses lightly on the lever, the torque tube rotates and actuates the linkages that operate a mechanical plunger positioned over the flush button. TITLE: Reaching the button. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 30, Number 3, July 2010: p. 12. PAGES: 2 with cover.
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