Is there another option besides a gait belt?
While the standard gait belt is functional, it is no longer the best option on the market. The Smart Lift Vest is a personal, movable means for lifting and transferring that uses a horizontal lift as opposed to the traditional vertical lift. This lifting method makes the transfers safer for both the patients or loved ones and their caregivers and health care workers. Additionally, the vest has a waist belt, floor leads, a knee belt, and handles, offering many more options for safe lifts and transfers.
How is a horizontal lift better than a vertical lift?
There are two primary benefits that come with the horizontal lift technique. The first benefit is a decreased risk of skin tears and bruising for the person who is being transferred. The second benefit is a decreased risk of back injury and strains for the individual who is assisting with the transfer. As such, it is not hard to see how both parties are safer during Smart Lift Vest transfers.
As the gait belt is used most frequently during physical therapy, many people fail to recognize additional applications for it. While the Smart Lift Vest is great for physical therapy, it is also ideal for caregivers at home or out in the community (i.e. making a transfer from a wheelchair to a car at the grocery store), EMS and first responders, and healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses, chiropractors, and occupational therapists.
In addition to lifts and transfers, the Smart Lift Vest is very helpful for moving individuals who have fallen. Falls are the number one cause of both nonfatal and fatal injuries in older adults. A senior falls once every seven seconds. This year alone, as many as 13 million seniors will fall. Getting them moved safely after a fall is key to a successful recovery.
If you are a caregiver looking after a loved one or work in the EMS field and are interested in learning more about the Smart Lift Vest, contact us today.