A walker used as a lifting device
2014 (English)In: Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, ISSN 1748-3107, Vol. 9, no 3, 264-269 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Purpose: To develop assistive technology that would help an older person to arise from a kneeling position to a standing one. Methods: Developing a prototype, based on an inclusive design and then testing the prototype to verify the approach. The prototype was subsequently tested by a panel of 20 elderly users. These tests were observed and filmed. Participants' experiences of being lifted with the elevation seat were registered with the VIDAR ergonomic assessment system. Result: None of the 20 participants used a walker at that time. In response to a question of whether, assuming they might have to use a walker in the future, they thought that a walker with an elevating seat would be helpful, 18 said that it would. Two of the participants did not believe that they would ever have to use a walker. Conclusion: A simple assistive technology such as a walker equipped with an elevating seat would in many of these cases simplify matters and reduce the distress of people who fall often. In addition, such a device can allow people who fall often to live in their homes longer. For caregivers dealing frequently with people who fall, this assistive device can contribute to decreasing occupational injuries.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 9, no 3, 264-269 p.
Assisitve technology, elderly, falls, rising from floor
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-134203DOI: 10.3109/17483107.2013.825820ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84899126679OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-134203DiVA: diva2:665338
QC 201406182013-11-192013-11-192015-01-14Bibliographically approved