Wheelchair Turntable

Project  / Project number: WM18-03  /  Status:

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The challenge

WheelchairTurntableA man had a stroke and now lived with his daughter in a terraced house and used an attendant propelled wheelchair.  Access/egress was only possible through a side door through a very narrow passage..  There were also significant height differences between adjacent floor levels.

The man’s daughter wanted to be able to take him out so that he could attend clinics and stroke clubs as part of his rehabilitation.  She could not do this unaided due to the difficulty of manoeuvering the chair around a right angle bend.

The solution

A wooden infill was made up to provide level access from the adjacent room.  A turntable was incorporated into this unit with a further ramp leading to the side door of the property.   The table itself was a disc cut from the top surface of the unit.  This was supported by four ball transfer units of the same type often incorporated into aircraft cargo hold floors to facilitate the movement of cargo.  These ball transfer units are manufactured by Allways in Birmingham and are available in a wide range of sizes and load capacities.  They are available from the Factory Trade Counter as well as through Internet outlets.

The disc merely sits in the circular cavity from which it was cut.  No central pivot was found to be needed.  The picture shows it in an unpainted condition as the table is almost invisible when painted black.

The benefit

The daughter is now able to take her father out for trips in the fresh air and to visit clinics and stroke clubs, all activities intended to improve the chances of a successful rehabilitation.

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