Marland Backus is an industrial design junior in Jeanne Pfordresher’s Medical Design class.


I wanted to look into making a safer environment for the elderly and decided to focus on the danger of falling because it’s one of the most common causes of injuries in the home.

The Seamless Handrails that I designed are made to have a large grip for those with arthritis and have an easy installation method. They can be used either within private homes or in public settings such as hospitals or nursing homes.
I came up with four different forms for the handles. Three of them to be mounted onto a flat surface, and one designed to be installed on a corner, making turns easier for those with mobility issues. The forms are meant to be used in clusters so that they work together to aid in either getting up and down, or just getting down a long hallway.


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