2019.11.29

High-tech electric equipment for people with disabilities

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According to the WHO[1], “a person is disabled if his or her physical or mental integrity is temporarily or permanently impaired, either congenitally or as a result of age or accident, so that his or her autonomy, ability to attend school or hold a job is compromised.”

 

 

Today, 15% of the world’s population suffers from disability and 75 million people require a wheelchair to cope with a motricity disorder. These statistics tend to increase for several reasons: an ageing population, increased related motricity disorders, chronic diseases and increased lifestyle disorders (obesity, sedentary life…).

Therefore, the stakes are high. Society must plan to readapt accessibility for people with disabilities and industrial companies must design high-tech equipment to provide them with maximum autonomy, safety and comfort.

 

Equipment for people with disabilities meets multiple needs:

  • Rehabilitation units for people with motor or neurological injuries;
  • Wheelchairs and converted vehicles to improve autonomy and access to public life;
  • Adjustable domestic equipment to improve autonomy and independence at home.

These specific equipments require robust and efficient electric actuators to provide a fluid and safe movement.

 

Robotics at humans’ service through rehabilitation units

 

Rehabilitation units are intended for people who have suffered severe neurological or motor trauma. These innovative structures offer rehabilitation with adapted devices. By automatically working on one or several body parts, they help strengthen muscles, improve blood circulation, reduce stiffness or neurological disorders and recover partial or total motricity skills.

 

These systems facilitate specialist work (physiotherapists, neuropsychologists…) and caregivers.  Indeed, rehabilitation requires medical supervision with care in order to avoid repeated gestures for the caregiver.  Moreover, the lack of enrollment doesn’t always allow for optimal care.

 

Rehabilitation units require few human resources. A single person can supervise different practices on the same patient (verticalization, members’ mobility, sensitization…). Their use also reduces the risk of error, making them more effective and providing greater safety. They can also be used at an early stage of healing to get positive results more quickly.

 

TiMOTION’s solution

 

To adjust rehabilitation equipment’s height or tilt, TiMOTION offers columns with a quiet movement. Thanks to their great stability and 3 stage telescopic design, our TL3 and TL17 provide a large movement amplitude. They are programmable with our TC21 control box and simply operated by our ergonomic TH26 handset.

 

Ergonomic wheelchairs for more autonomy

 

The wheelchair provides disabled people with the necessary autonomy to move around from one place to another, going inside or outside. It eases access to public life (school, work, etc.) and fosters social integration. It can be equipped with several functions, according to needs, to bring even more sophistication. A height-adjustable wheelchair allows an ergonomic position when using a dining table, bar, desk or work surface. For people with mild disabilities, a lifting wheelchair helps to set up for short trips, toilet or installation in a bed or chair. A standing function allows the person to stand upright to reach objects up high, help blood circulation and avoid muscle stiffness. Finally, the tilt or leg rest features provide more daily comfort for users.

 

The wheelchair is essential to facilitate people with disabilities’ daily life and enable them to be more independent. The more ergonomic and automated it is, the more mobility freedom the user enjoys, giving him a higher level of independence.

 

TiMOTION’s solution

 

For the wheelchair, TiMOTION provides a complete solution that will perfectly fit into the existing system. Our TL3 lifting column allows height adjustment. Our TA41 and TA38 electric actuators, particularly suitable for small furniture due to their small size, allow the tilt of the back and legrest for greater comfort. Thanks to the TC14 control box, the actuators are operated synchronously with a simple control.

 

Let’s drive with the electric ramps!

 

The wheelchair allows you to move close to your home, but it is not sufficient for longer trips that require the use of a vehicle. Therefore, their accessibility must be redesigned to accommodate a disabled person and his or her wheelchair. This is where electric ramps and liftgates come in. Adjustable electric ramps allow easy access for people in wheelchairs. They can be installed and transported without difficulty and in complete safety. The alternative to the ramp is the liftgate. Its compact platform operates in height and better adapts to cities’ limited spaces.

 

For disabled persons who are in a wheelchair but can stand up, an electric retractable step can ease the installation into the vehicle. The wheelchair, sometimes very heavy and cumbersome, can be installed in the boot using an articulated arm.

 

When a person with disability is able to drive, it is possible to adjust the driver’s seat (specific controls and space for the wheelchair, access ramp, etc.) to give him more autonomy.

These systems actuate by a simple control that can be integrated into the vehicle chassis or used wirelessly, making it easy to use for both third parties and disabled users.

 

TiMOTION’s solution

 

For this kind of application, TiMOTION offers one of its most robust electric actuators: the MA2. With a maximum load of 6 000 N in push and pull, it can support heavy loads. It is particularly suitable for outdoor environments and can cope with difficult conditions (weather, dust, humidity…). Its IP69K rating makes it even more efficient because it can be cleaned with high-pressure water jets.

 

 

Freedom of movement in the house

 

Adapted domestic equipment is also important to improve disabled people’s daily lives. All access and equipment must be redesigned to provide better autonomy to the user and guaranteed comfort and safety in all rooms of the house.

 

Electric actuators can equip a healthcare bed to adjust height or legs, and back tilt to facilitate installation and lifting.

All worktops (table, kitchen worktop, bathroom sink) can be adjusted in height to facilitate access and allow an ergonomic position.

A chair can also be equipped with a lift function to facilitate installation and set-up. The reclining backrest and legrest also provide greater comfort. Electric furniture lowered at user’s height provides easy access, especially in the kitchen.

In the bathroom, height-adjustable seats for toilets or showers will facilitate use and provide more autonomy and privacy for people with disabilities.

 

TiMOTION’s solution

 

TiMOTION offers many solutions to automate the house and make it more accessible to people with reduced mobility. Our objective is to provide individuals with greater autonomy and comfort. For more information, check out our article about automated home equipment.

 

Facilitating access and use of equipment for all is a priority for healthcare manufacturers. The choice of electric systems is essential to allow smooth, silent and safe movements. TiMOTION follows this guideline by manufacturing solid electric actuators that can support users’ weight in complete safety and requires no maintenance. Our ergonomic handsets allow simplified and accessible use to any person.

 

To learn more about our products, contact TiMOTION Europe


[1] World Health Organization

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