ES&H Avoid dangerous furniture design principles

ES&H Avoid dangerous furniture design principles

I’m having trouble locating design principles or guidelines for making, modifying, or buying furniture suitable to the elderly and frail.

Like many senior centers in rural areas, I’m sure furniture for elders is usually castoffs. (We have an especially niggardly program) But furniture of the wrong design can be dangerous, contributing to fractures, vessel and muscle injuries, stroke, etc.

We also have a population of people of genetically short-stature, unique physique (not average Euro-American) people for whom the typical furniture is not appropriate.

So, if people want to purchase, modify, or build ourselves furniture, what guidelines should we follow?

Thank you.
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Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2003 10:44:35 -0500
From: ABLEDATA Resource Center on Accessible Housing and Universal Design!
Subject: Re: furniture design principles

Hello Dr. B,

The ABLEDATA project is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), US Department of Education, to provide information resources about assistive devices and rehabilitation equipment products for people with disabilities for the purpose of aiding people in finding needed items. However, we, unfortunately, do not have available the kind of guidelines you are seeking.

You might find some assistance through the following organizations:

Center for Inclusive Design & Environmental Access
378 Hayes Hall, School of Architecture & Planning
3435 Main Street
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14214-3087
(716) 829.3485 extension 329
(716) 829.3758
(716) 829.3861
idea AT ap.buffalo.edu
http://www.ap.buffalo.edu/idea/indexwelcome.html

THE CENTER FOR UNIVERSAL DESIGN
College of Design
North Carolina State University
50 Pullen Road, Brooks Hall, Room 104
Campus Box 8613
Raleigh, NC. 27695-8613
toll-free : 800.647.6777
ph. 919.515.3082
fax. 919.515.7330
E-mail: cud AT ncsu.edu
http://www.design.ncsu.edu/cud/

Alaska Assistive Technology Project
Department of Education
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Assistive Technologies of Alaska
1016 West 6th St., Suite 205
Anchorage, AK 99501
V: 800/478-4378 (in state only); 907/269-3570.
TTY: 800/898-0138 (in state only); 907/563-0153.
Fax: 907/269-3632.
E-mail: james_beck AT labor.state.ak.us.
Web: http://www.labor.state.ak.us/at/index.htm

In addition, the following company specializes in products for individuals of short stature:

Adaptive Living
4981 SE Sterling Circle
Stuart, FL 34997
561-781-6153, 561-781-9179 Fax
http://www.adaptive-living.com

Sincerely,
Katherine Belknap
Project Director
ABLEDATA

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