Adaptive Equipment Research Paper

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Jeanese Murdock, OTAS
Adaptive Equipment Paper
Long Handled nail/bath brush with suction cups
This personal hygiene device is used for people that have limited or no function in one hand or other upper extremity disabilities causing limited grasp or hand strength. It is used for cleaning fingernails and toenails and can also be used to wash a person’s feet. This one handed device will suction to any flat, smooth surface such as; a bath tub, shower stall, bedside table, or bathroom sink or counter.
Therapeutic use/benefits:
Keeping your hands clean is crucial to good health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, norovirus is transferred from hands to mouth after using the bathroom. Washing your hands will get them clean,
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TBI patients that can or are actively participating in their ADLs. MS patients due to spasticity and fatigue. CP patients due to spasticity and weakness. Any patient with limited ROM. Parkinson’s patients due to tremors. Arthritis, OA and RA due to joint stiffness and pain. Spinal Cord injury (C8 level or below). THR and TSR patients as this will allow them to follow protocol for their hips and shoulders. UE amputee due to the fact the only have one hand. COPD are any patient that had been recommended to utilize ECT. Laminectomy patients will stay within their no bending or twisting at the waist protocol.
This adaptive equipment device is to compensate for functional impairments during self-care to perform meaningful occupations that are needed and desired by the individual. If it is pragmatically, not possible for the person to perform the activity in its natural context or environment, this device will be used to adapt or modify what they value. It will adapt or modify their occupational performance to address any concerns or difficulties they may have that is hindering them from doing the task in a way they are accustomed
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Some of the performance areas of motor skills impacted are aligns, stabilizes, positions, reaches, bends, grips, moves, and lifts. Some process skills areas are paces, attends, heeds, chooses, uses, handles, initiates, continues, sequences, gathers, adjust, and accommodates. Some areas of client factors are values and beliefs. Also, attention, perception, energy and drive, visual functions, vestibular function, proprioceptive functions, touch functions, and sensitivity to pressure. All muscle functions of power, tone, and endurance. This device will support their performance patterns in occupational performance.

There are no tools required to make this brush, so if a therapist needed this on the way to a patient’s house one stop is all it will take.
Equipment needed for making an adaptive nail brush with suction cups.
1 long handled bath brush= $1.00
2 suction cups (1 small, 1 large) 1 bag of assorted sizes 24 total= $2.59
1 super glue=$4.97 Total=$7.56
Compared to online
Helping Hand Company=

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