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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

another engineering project needed

Here’s a description of why a better walker and cane are needed. (Let’s hear it for perceptive participant-observation!) One thing I’ve noticed locally is that almost no one has a cane of the proper length. How can one be assisted by, much less weaned off of, a device which is incorrectly sized? Worse, ill-fitted and ill-designed devices can cripple.

http://themomandmejournals.net/2005/10/heres-worthy-problem-for-engineers.html


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Hand Steady cup and wineglass holder

The invention was developed with user collaboration and designer Chris Peacock won an award from Help the Aged (see HTA sidebar link).

‘My hands shake all the time’
By Jane Elliott, BBC News health reporter

Tonia Wells has a hereditary hand tremor in both hands.

Her condition is getting progressively more pronounced – and she says it is dominating her life.

But what she, and many others, find the most difficult thing to cope with is their inability to hold a cup steady.

However, a graduate from the Royal College of Arts’ design school could have the answer – the Hand Steady.

By holding drinks in a rubber grip that rotates, the device keeps the cup steady while people are drinking.

“I found it very good. There are not many people who design things for hand tremor and something like this is really fantastic for us.

The invention works by holding drinks in a rubber grip that rotates freely about two horizontal axis by means of a gimble mechanism. A comfortable ergonomically designed handle fits all sizes of hands, attaches to the gimble and has a catch to limit the rotation of the gimble, thus enabling pouring drinks into your mouth.

Hand Steady cup holder

http://www.handsteady.com/


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Virtual aging for living in a real world

When you visit the senior center is an attempt to raise awareness by the younger or able-bodied person [especially those in power] to see what older people in Bethel have to deal with at their senior center. The images are hosted by a friend at Visit Bethel Alaska’s Eddie Hoffman Senior Center.

There are suggestions there for obscuring vision or approximating a wheelchair on gravel, etc. that anyone can do to get a feeling for whether a building or service is either dangerous (fire exits, poor seating and lighting) or inadequate for other people. Some other checklists [see categories of postings] exist for assistive living facilities, but few if any for regular community facilities.

Another way to empathize came from finding a type of Internet search tool, http://www.answerbus.com/, which allows human type questions such as How to buy furniture appropriate for elderly people? The answer led to Continue reading ‘Virtual aging for living in a real world’

Anti-tremor mouse stops PC shakes


BBC NEWS http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/technology/4340561.stm

A special adaptor that helps people with hand tremors control a computer mouse more easily has been developed.

The device uses similar “steady cam” technology found in camcorders to filter out shaking hand movements.

People with hand tremors find it hard to use conventional mice for simple computer tasks because of the erratic movements of the cursor on the screen.
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The Assistive Mouse Adapter (AMA) is the brainchild of IBM researcher Jim Levine who developed the prototype after seeing his uncle, who has Parkinson’s disease, struggle with mouse control.

“I knew that there must be way to improve the situation for him and the millions of other tremor sufferers around the world, including the elderly.


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