Comparison of subjective evaluations by young, middle-aged and elderly people, and patients with left hemiplegia regarding the convenient positioning of remote control switches on toilets equipped with warm water flush systems for washing user Kaoru Inoue 1 , Takao Minejima 2 , Yuko Ito 1 , Takashi Kinose 1 , Kumiko Terayama 1 1Tokyo Metropolitan University of Health Sciences, School of Occupational Therapy 2Medical Care-Welfare Engineering Major, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Nihon University Keyword: リモコンスイッチ , 福祉用具 , 排泄 , Remote control switch , Welfare equipment , Excretion pp.570-578
Published Date 2001/12/15
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 We studied the reach with which the aged and disabled users feel comfortable based on their subjective judgement regarding positions of remote control switches on the toilet. The subjects included 20 young people (7 male and 13 female, 19 to 35 years old; the mean age was 23.7 years old), 15 middle-aged and elderly people (10 male and 5 female, 41 to 69 years old; the mean age was 57.6 years old), and 9 patients with left hemiplegia who were in T hospital in Tokyo (3 male and 6 female, 24 to 73 years old; the mean age was 56. 9 years old). We found that factors on the subjective evaluation of the optimal position of switches are related to the following: 1. physical factors and 2. psychological factors. When considering convenient positions of remote control switches for young, middle-aged and elderly subjects, and patients with left hemiplegia, it is desirable to give priority to the latter. Patients with left hemiplegia, in spite of the distance from the wall, tend to like positions near themselves.

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