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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide a customized bracket and ladder system for use in getting in and out of the bath unaided for a person with mobility disabilities. A bracket is mounted on a stainless steel plate, and a fixed stainless steel tube is welded onto the plate. A smaller diameter inner tube with a 500 millimeter (mm) long piece of tube is welded at 90 degrees, creating an L-shape that sits in the outer tube and rotates from flush against the wall to 90 degrees from the wall. Hanging from two rings bolted through the horizontal section of the L is a ladder made of synthetic rope with a load rating of up to 100 kilograms (kg), and 30 mm diameter hardwood rungs at 125 mm intervals. The ladder descends to 1200 mm above the base of the tub and enables an individual to pull him- or herself up to sit on the ledge at the end of the bath in order get out. In order to prevent the horizontal arm from moving when weight is on it, a slot was cut in the outer tube and a band was connected the inner tube with a vertical piece corresponding to the slot welded on. The ladder is kept at the right height by the band and is locked in place by the vertical piece. TITLE: Getting out of the Bath. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 28, Number 2, July 2008, p. 7. Pages: 2 (including cover).
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