Handy Homemade Devices for Ross ArcemontBy Wechsler, Kathy; Quest, Vol. 11, No. 1
Publication Date: January/February 2004
Article describes five device modifications designed for Ross Arcemont, who is sixteen and has congenital muscular dystrophy: (1) a seating system for a powered wheelchair, (2) a ramp, (3) a bathing table with a hose, (4) a toilet chair, and (5) a bowling apparatus. When Ross realized that his powered wheelchair was causing him a great deal of pain, his father removed the entire seating system. This left the base with the wheel and electronics intact. The seating system was replaced with a custom, tilting seat, which proved to be much more comfortable. The ramp was constructed out of aluminum, and it folds out of the family’s van. The ramp is less complicated and far less expensive than purchasing a lift for the van. The bathing table was also constructed from aluminum. A hose connects from the showerhead, and Ross can be transferred onto the table and bathed. The family finds the system to be much safer than transferring into a tub. The toilet chair has wheels, and it fits over the commode. His head can be strapped into the device so that he doesn’t have to rely on assistance. The device allows Ross to have more independence and privacy. A bowling apparatus was constructed out of aluminum, and it connects to the powered wheelchair. Ross puts the bowling ball on the apparatus, takes a “running” start, and stops right at the line, sending the ball rolling down the chute. Ross can use the device to aim the ball and can compete with his friends.
Published by: Muscular Dystrophy Association (Website:http://www.mdausa.org)
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