Our goal is to construct an off-roading walker for a young boy with RTS syndrome. Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome in a genetic disease that affects mobility because of low muscle tone in the patients. Due to this, our client requires a walker to assist him in moving around.
For our project, we are creating a walker that has the ability to function on rough terrain such as grass, gravel, and tile. The walker also has to be adjustable height and width wise to accommodate his needs for a long time. We plan to make detachable accessories for the walker to help increase the comfort for him.
The photos attached show his current walker, which is a Rifton Pacer. We met with his father to discuss him and the design specifications for the walker. We still have to meet again to see the walker in person and also to see how he uses his current one. However, in our meeting, his father explained the following:
The Rifton Pacer 501 is a walker specifically designed to be customized to the needs of the user. In our research, we found that many of its features are customized through locking sliders, knobs, and straps that buckle. In the photos of the Pacer currently used by Wayland, it’s clear that he uses the chest harness, which straps around the user’s chest to give them more support. We found through multiple tutorial videos that it’s common for the chest harness to be positioned too high and too loose. These videos are linked below.
In the pictures, it also looks like Wayland uses the hip positioner, which acts as a sort of saddle for support of the hips. The straps connecting the positioner to the frame of the walker are extremely customizable and can be connected to pretty much any part of the frame depending on the needs of the user. A video explaining this in further detail is linked below.