Standing Wheelchair with Lead Screw Mechanism
Author(s):
K.K.GURUMANIKANDAN, S.CHANDRU, H.BALARAMAN, P.GANAPATHI, L.SHRIRAM
Keywords:
Independence, Lead Screw Mechanism, Wheelchair Users, Reconfigurable type, Disabled people.
Abstract
The wheelchair users are exposed to many physical and psychological health problems associated with prolonged seated posture with being inactive in a wheelchair, e.g., fatigue, pain in hip joint, pressure sores, etc. Other related issues are increase in caregiver dependency, lower back pains among caregivers, and injury incidences during transfer support, etc. Many elderly subjects who can walk are confined in wheelchairs due to the lack of standing ability. With fewer caregivers and increased numbers of lower limb disabled and elderly subjects, there is a significant need for improved wheelchair designs aimed at enhanced independence of wheelchair users. The focus of present work was at designing a novel reconfigurable wheelchair incorporated with stand and sit capabilities for the purpose of enhancement of independence and quality of life of lower limb disabled and elderly subjects. Further work presents an overall product design and development phases of a reconfigurable wheelchair. The major contributions of paper can be summarized as Modelling and fabrication of a proposed wheelchair and testing it in a real time constraint with load application. The proposed inventive solution to the problems of long-term wheelchair users has a promising potential to enhance independence and quality of life of disabled people.
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Unique Paper ID: 154760

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 8, Issue 12

Page(s): 273 - 276
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