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Designed for Caregivers

Design Question: How does a person living with reduced mobility get moved up-to and away-from the table? 

Design Challenge: The challenge was not to design a chair that moves easily. These chairs already exist in the form of task chairs or 70’s style dinette chairs. They would be considered dangerous, as they can move unexpectedly or prematurely.

Rather, the challenge was to incorporate mobility features into the design of a chair which address each of the following concerns without compromising safety of both the seated person and the family caregiver:

1. enable a caregiver to move a seated person up to the table with ease and grace
2. reduce the risk of personal injury incurred by family caregivers
3. ensure the seated person’s sense of dignity and self-worth are maintained