Category: Recreation

Modified Swimming Pool Ladder

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PURPOSE: To enable an individual with rheumatoid arthritis to enter and exit an above-ground pool. The pool came with a four-step molded plastic ladder, which was only slightly angled into the pool. The user required a ladder with a greater angle and rungs spaced more closely together to minimize putting weight on the knees. A second identical ladder was combined with the first by cutting and removing sections through both sides of the ladder in between each rung. The rungs were then reassembled to create an eight-step ladder with rungs half as far apart as those on the original ladder. Two square stainless steel tubes were fitted down the inside of the side of the ladder pieces and the rungs were attached to the tubes using stainless steel pop rivets to angle the ladder at about 60 degrees into the pool. A stainless steel hand rail was attached to the top of the ladder and the original weighted base froim the ladder was reattached to the bottom for stability. DIMENSIONS: The rungs are 150 millimeters apart. COLOR: White. TITLE: Margaret Keeps Moving. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Vol. 21 no. 2, Winter 2001: p. 12-13. PAGES (including cover): 3 2001.


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Technical Aid To The Disabled (TAD)
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TAD is a charity organisation that has the authority to fundraise. TAD uses volunteers dedicated to the design, construction and provision of aids for people with disabilities. Members of TAD provide a resource pool comprising a range of design, engineering, rehabilitation, computer, therapy and other professional and technical skills. Aids custom-designed by TAD volunteers are described in the TAD Journal.
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