---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a custom adapted walker brake system for individuals who are unable to use both hands to brake a walker. An individual with multiple sclerosis utilizes a walker but he was increasingly unable to have the strength to use both hand brakes to stop/slow his walker down. The result was the walker would pull to one side and leave the individual prone to falling. A therapist at the MS Society referred this individual to TAD where a brake-splitter
---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a custom adapted one-handed walker for an individual having use of only one hand following a stroke. This simple but effective adaptation was created by cutting off the existing handles of the walker while managing to remove one of the handgrips intact. The handgrip was placed in the center of a new bar which spans the space between the two original handlebars. Underneath the handgrip, a single brake lever was mounted which was then connect
---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To create a prototype of a walker braking system that can prevent slips, slides, and falls for the elderly, individuals with mobility, balance disabilities, and/or grasping disabilities. A team of graduate students from the Department of Biomedical Engineering and undergraduate seniors from several departments in the College of Engineering have worked with David Lipson, Cornell professor of engineering, as well as with Dr. Eli Einbinder to design an electronic b
---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create walker modifications for an adult with paralysis on his right side, use of only the left arm and hand, and with balance disabilities. The user attends a local bridge club with an entrance that has a steep ramp with no handrail on the left side, and he had to rely on someone to walk next to him for stability and balance in addition to using his walker. The walker was helpful, but without the use of his right hand, when the frame brakes were
---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a custom adapted walking frame modification for and individual with congenital hip dislocation and has difficulty walking unaided. While this individual uses an electric scooter for going to the local shops and an electric wheelchair around her home, she requires a folding walker to take with her when going on outings in a car. The Admed seat walker with a basket and hand brakes was best suited for the individual’s needs but was too difficu
---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a custom adapted walking frame for an older individual who has had a stroke and can be safely used with only one hand. The individual was experiencing several problems with her current walking frame—the existing gutter splints were not strong enough for her and had broken in addition to being too uncomfortable to start. Additionally, this individual needed a back rest for the seat and a method for braking safely with one hand. A unique solu
Hand operated brakes attach to wheel to prevent movement. Brake handle is attached to handrail and is operated by downward pressure. May be installed on any Invacare walker.