Do you have a very close family member (dad, mom, spouse, brother, sister) who needs care assistance? Does your loved one occasionally slide out of bed or out of their chair and end up on the floor? Does it happen when your loved one is being transferred or just on their own? When you try and get your loved one up from the ground, is it very difficult because it is almost like dead weight?
The answer to all these questions for me was “yes”. My dad has vascular Parkinson’s and he was living in his home with a caregiver. I would get a call, usually at night when more transfers were occurring from his chair to eventually getting him to bed. “David, could you come over and help get your dad off the floor so he could make it to bed”? When they were able to reach me, I would come over and get him up. It was super difficult and my back didn’t feel the greatest when I was done, but it got my dad to bed. If they couldn’t reach me, they would call the fire department to come over and pick him up.
I’m not sure how much longer the fire department is willing to do this. Some municipalities have announced there would be charging approximately $750 for this, but not billable to insurance.
I knew there had to be a solution. The solution happened to be introduced to me just a couple months after it seemed best for my dad to be taken care of in a nursing home.
It works perfectly for a person who has fallen and cannot get up. Your loved one is raised comfortably up to a sitting or almost standing position in a way that supports the entire body throughout the process. This way of lifting shows consideration for the importance of being helped up in a dignified and safe way.
Since being introduced, I have heard from and seen a few hundred people living at home, in an Assisted Living Facilities or in a Senior Care Centers use this successfully and EASILY!
Below are some details about the Raizer:
Raizer, the state-of-the-art lifting chair, is used by personnel in all categories of elderly care facilities, hospitals in many public buildings, and hotels & recreational building, as well as for ambulance services and all personnel working with lifting and moving of individuals with reduced mobility in general. The helper can, without assistance, handle the Raizer and the person on the floor with minimal physical effort, thus lifting and moving don't put the assistant's back, arms, etc. at risk.
Safe Patient Handling
Injuries are unfortunately common for caregiving staff within the healthcare industry and are often caused by manually lifting and transfering patients or impaired persons. Liftup Inc. is glad to be a part of “safe patient handling” with the lifting chair, Raizer. It is safe equipment which is used rather than people to transfer, move, and reposition patients in all health care facilities to reduce workplace injuries.
Easy to Transport
Raizer is to be disassembled after use and thus easily transported and used anywhere and in any situation. This innovative aid for lifting and moving allows the assistant to help a fallen person to sit or stand in a few minutes (including the assembly) from arrival on site.
Raizer is carried disassembled to the place where it is to be used and is battery operated via a remote control.
Liftup has cooperated with a partner in design and innovation during the development process to achieve the exclusive expression of the Raizer. All the materials are carefully selected with focus on stability and durability and in consideration of both the helper and the fallen person.
I truly wish I had this when my dad was being taken care of at home. The caregivers could have easily gotten him up without worrying about being strained doing so, and I would’ve had peace of mind!