Part of a continuing series of inventor portraits.
Inventor: Jerry Ford
Invention: Automatic wheelchair brake device
Patent: No. 7,066,482
Brand Name: Safe-T-Chair
Elderly people with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia sometimes forget to use the manual brakes on their wheelchairs, which then fall out from under them when they try to stand or sit. When this was brought to the attention of crop farmer Jerry Ford, he decided to do something about it. His invention is a rather clever automatic brake system for manual wheelchairs. It’s even designed in a way that still allows the wheelchair to fold up for transport.
I met with Jerry on his farm and learned more about his wheelchair brake system and its inspiration:
Here’s a better look at the photos in the video. Each of them can be enlarged by clicking:
The Jerry Ford Company website: www.jerryfordcompany.com