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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide a customized bed for children with multiple disabilities. The customized bed was created for twin boys who have multiple disabilities including cerebral palsy, epilepsy, developmental delays, and vision and hearing disabilities. Caregivers wanted the two boys to be able to have shared sleeping arrangements due to the therapeutic benefits seen as a result of the boys' emotional bond. Additionally, the customized bed was to be placed in a family room rather than in a bedroom so the boys could have interaction with the rest of the family and visitors. The bed was requested to be at a height that would offer the least amount of back strain to caregivers. The bed is made from Pacific maple and has solid panels at each end, with flat, square edges to accommodate the mounting of mobiles. It has lightweight drop sides with railings made from dowel, as the boys are not independently mobile. These railings provide containment for their positioning devices. In order for the sides to be quickly and easily lowered in case of emergency, a track system was made without latches but will not come undone if pushed sideways. The track has an inward curve so that the caregiver can push the side slightly inwards when it reaches the top of its travel to lock it in place. To release the side, the caregiver lifts up slightly and pulls it forward. There are dowel posts mounted off the corner posts at the bed head to a height of 1500 millimeters off the ground. These dowel post are equipped with support hooks to hang the boys’ feeding systems. A lipped shelf behind the head of the bed holds suction and other required equipment. The bed has 75-millimeter braked castors with rubber tires on all four legs, thus allowing caregivers to easily move the bed out from the wall for access to the other side. TITLE: Sleeping Together. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 28, Number 3, October 2008: p. 8-9. PAGES: 3. (including cover).
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