DreSS: The Dressing Support SystemBy Park, Sarah Ann; Lee, Ronald; Proceedings of the RESNA 25th International Conference, Vol. 22, No. 1, pp. 56-58
Publication Date: June/July 2002
Paper describing DreSS, a dressing support system for a client with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, which is a condition where the legs are more severely affected than the arms. DreSS consists of a height-adjustable chair, two parallel bars, a shoe/clothes rack, and a platform. Elements of comfort, safety, and aesthetic appearance were added, such as durable vinyl upholstery and a wooden step behind the chair to prevent tripping. All four edges of the platform were slanted to prevent stubbing of the toes or discomfort when standing on the edge. Foam cushions on the bars served as a non-slip surface, and a backrest cushion provided comfort and safety. DreSS was tested with the client throughout the design process. The bar and chair obviously improved the client’s ability to dress by helping to maintain her balance. Overall, the authors found that while the device was large, it did provide safety and independence, and allowed the client to dress in a timely manner.
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Website:http://www.resna.org)