This project is a simple and inexpensive transfer system that allows a wheelchair user (or any individual with mobility issues) to easily be transferred from their wheelchair to a bath for bathing purposes with the assistance from another individual (or by themselves, depending on the situation).
Before this project was given to us the process of Rosa giving her daughter Vanessa a bath was quite a labor intense process by where she needed to physically lift her into and out of the bath. This did not only put unnecessary strain on Rosa’s back but it was also not a completely safe for Vanessa as well. After getting plenty of input from Rosa which included a picture of a preexisting idea that she liked, we began to come up with ideas that we believe best suited her needs.
The system is made of 3 separate pieces:
3) Rolling Platform for the chair
Plywood 1/2" thickness
2 to 3 hinges
Aluminum beach chair
Swievl for a boat seat (can be found at a marine store)
4 Caster Wheels (1/2")
3 Gate latch
Stainless Steel U-Bolt, 1/4"-20 X 1" Thread Length, for 1" OD
C-bar (enough length to run the full length of the platform on both sides)
Enough bolts, washers, and nuts to attach all the nessecary parts
Quoc Vhin for working on this project for 2 quarters
And other Engineering students for their input
Step 1: Cutting the Base to Size
The first step in this project is to get the measurements of your bath's width and height (you want the the width of both the inside/outside walls, the width of the overall tub, and also the height of the tub from outside of the tub). The first base that we used was made of 3/4" plywood that we later would coat with an epoxy resin. The second version we used a corian material that was donated to us by American Marble 1280 N. Melrose Dr. Vista, CA 92083.
The overall length of the base is equal to the overall width of the tub plus the height of the tub.
The width of the base we used 15".
For the hinging aspect of the base, measure from one end of the base (the height of the tub) then make a cut across.
Use either 2 or 3 hinges to attach the two pieces of the base.