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xu
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posted 12-10-2002 01:47 PM              Reply w/Quote
Need to find an office chair for a disabled client (he is in a wheelchair) with footrest and some other specific characteristics. Ultimately, if I don't find one manufactured, I'll need to design the chair or the addition to a standard office chair.
Budget for all is only 2K
Anyone know anything on the topic?
Help much appreciated

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What now
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posted 12-10-2002 02:02 PM              Reply w/Quote
Why not just let him stay in his wheel chair? Does he want to go to all of the trouble of moving from one chair to the next when he comes into work, then moving back into the chair when he wants to make a copy, go to the restroom, etc., then moving back into the office chair when he gets back, then moving back into the wheel chair when it is time to go. I just seems like it is a lot of work just to move from one chair to another.

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xu
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posted 12-10-2002 02:15 PM              Reply w/Quote
1. He has a sports wheelchair with a very low back, which doesn't give much support, so his back muscles get tired.
2. Yes, he needs to move in the course of the day as much as possible to not let the muscles in his butt get stale, otherwise the bone will cut through.
3. He gets too hot in the wheelchair seat, which is overly cushioned, so a flatter cooles (perhaps leather) surface will make a difference.
4. He needs to train his arms and stay in shape, so moving as much as possible is actually good.
5. The wheelchair takes up too much space, and the huge wheel get in the way.

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momknowsbest
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posted 12-10-2002 07:01 PM              Reply w/Quote
a tip could be a chess timer. if he/she uses it as a habit, it would force them to move and shift their weight as a reminder. this will help with tissue problems in my opinion.

i usually don't use a back. the wheelchair probably tilts backwards to keep him in the chair.

something to ask is how much balance and control he has and where his loss of control is down his body (T3 or T6, etc.)

he might try changing chairs periodically. an open mesh to prevent overheating for some time then shift to the wheelchair and then shift back. the key is to essentially keep his seat moving to have new tissues contacting the seat and letting his seat breathe at times.

wheelchair seats often have barriers to prevent urine from penetrating and as such stop your seat from breathing.

so you sort of want to keep shifting his weight.

if his wheelchair takes up too much space, use this as a good reason to get this guy more space!!! i can't see the employer saying we can't give him more space, it's just politically incorrect....get him a corner window seat while you are at it!!!

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maybe
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posted 12-11-2002 10:44 AM              Reply w/Quote
I used to work with a disabled co-worker. He used an Aeron Chair with the wheels taken off. He liked it alot. Also, he forced himself to get out of it and get a drink of water every hour, on the hour.

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brian
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posted 12-11-2002 10:54 AM              Reply w/Quote

disabled people need to stop taking our jobs.

as for xu, get the hell outta here.

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xu
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posted 12-11-2002 01:20 PM              Reply w/Quote
momknowsbest and maybe -

thanks a lot
I am offering my client to either buy a reclining wheelchair with thin upholstered base and high back,
or to buy a regular office chair (though a nice one) plus a footrest and I'll fix the footrest on the base.
Neverhteless, taking off wheels is a good idea, I'll talk to him and see what he thinks...

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momknowsbest
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posted 12-11-2002 07:41 PM              Reply w/Quote
you might also look at a whole new type of work environment that is more relaxing.

How about a suspended 19 inch LCD and then
Leap® WorkLounge & Ottoman
by Steelcase. The lounge already has glides on it and it has an Ottoman.

Or just the biggest meanest laptop. Or if you have the cash. A Cinema Display....

The seat does not breathe like an Aeron though.

If you take the feet off the Aeron, make sure to put some furniture glides on the bottom if necessary.

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xu
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posted 12-12-2002 11:10 PM              Reply w/Quote
hey momknowsbest,

I've talked to my client, and he's very excited about Aeron without the wheels for office and a reclining wheelchair with high back for home.
Plus, we meet the budjet!

Thanks for advise; Core77 helps me second time now

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xu
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posted 12-12-2002 11:11 PM              Reply w/Quote
OOops, ment "budget"...

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