The Conceptual Development of a Multifunctional Stepladder for Older People and Caregivers


Gan, Kah Wei and Ng, Poh Kiat and Liew, Kia Wai and Ng, Yu Jin and Yeow, Jian Ai (2022) The Conceptual Development of a Multifunctional Stepladder for Older People and Caregivers. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19 (21). p. 14399. ISSN 1660-4601

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Stepladders are compact, foldable ladders with flat steps and a platform. Despite all the research and design efforts, there are still limitations in terms of the multifunctionality, usability and simplicity of stepladders and related variants. By combining ideas, features and functions from patent literature, existing products and scientific journals, this study aims to conceptualise a multifunctional stepladder for improved usability. Five concepts are created, which are screened and evaluated against a set of criteria to select the best concept for improved usability, divided into three categories: simplicity, effectiveness and efficiency. The result is a versatile invention that functions as a stepladder, walker, wheelchair and Pilates chair, suitable for older people and caregivers in nursing homes. It allows medical records or supplies to be retrieved from high places without the need for inappropriate aids. The invention can replace wheelchairs and walkers and converts into a Pilates chair to provide a mobile exercise option for older people. The concept offers older people flexibility and independence in terms of mobility and healthcare, while saving space in the nursing home. Further design studies, prototyping and testing are needed before this idea can go into production.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Universal design, older people, caregivers, interior design and furnishings, concept formation, health, quality of life, health services for aged
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD4801-8943 Labor. Work. Working class > HD7260-7780.8 Industrial hygiene. Industrial welfare
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD9000-9999 Special industries and trades
Divisions: Faculty of Business (FOB)
Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FET)
Depositing User: Ms Nurul Iqtiani Ahmad
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2023 03:28
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2023 03:28


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