While working in the healthcare industry, Smart Lift CEO and General Manager Jim Kiper saw a need for a modern, safe lift and transfer device for loved ones. Many family members stay at home, taking care of their aging parents, disabled spouses or children with special needs. Caregivers often find it difficult to transfer their loved ones. However, with the help of Smart Lift Vest, you can easily, quickly and gently assist a fallen loved one. In addition, the Smart Lift Vest allows your loved one to live a more independent, fulfilling lifestyle. Whether your parent wants to attend their grandchild's football game or birthday party, or your loved one wishes to go to the grocery store or church, a Smart Lift Vest can allow them to do just that. An active lifestyle and good quality of life is important.
Who Can Use Smart Lift Vest?
The Smart Life Vest is also beneficial for healthcare professionals, such as EMS, first responders and healthcare providers. The thing that sets Smart Lift Vest apart from similar devices on the market today is that it uses a horizontal lifting technique instead of vertical technique. This method is proven to decrease the occurrence of skin tears and bruising on the person being lifted and transferred, as well strains and back injuries on the lifter. The people lifting the device as well as the people being lifted are better protected in the long run when using Smart Lift Vest.
Family Care and Consumers
While people may assume that a patient lift is only applicable to a medical setting, there are many uses for it around your community and your home as well. For example, an adult taking care of an older parent may need a lift system to make multiple car transfers and transfer lifts (i.e. wheelchair to chair, chair to bed, wheelchair to toilet) every day. The same goes if you are an avid community volunteer who regularly visits the nursing home or hospital. Having a Smart Lift Vest easily accessible during expected and unexpected situations, such as a fall, is wise.
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EMS and First Responders
From an EMS standpoint, the baby boomer population has grown tremendously. This boom has resulted in EMS responders, such as ambulance and fire professionals, performing more lift assists for older adults than trauma calls.
The CDC reports one out of three older adults over the age of 65 fall each year. When responding to fall recoveries, EMS and first responders place themselves in compromising positions. Sometimes these falls occur in awkward areas, such as between the toilet and bathtub. A situation such as this calls for a creative, efficient lift technique. If lifting a fallen person, the lifter is putting added strain and weight on their backs. A firefighter, for example, is at great risk for back injury not only when responding to fires and accidents, but also fall victims at their homes. According to the International Association of Firefighters, sprains and strains account for 50% of all injuries and back injuries while in the line of duty. In addition, these injuries cause 50% of injury retirements annually.
A Smart Lift Vest can help prevent the risk of back injuries. Employing a horizontal technique, the Smart Lift Vest allows the lifter to distribute the weight of the fallen person evenly. Features such as the fulcrum/knee belt, waist belt, floor leads and front vest handles provide the lifter with proper leverage, balance and control in order to safely lift the fallen person without further injuring the fallen person as well as themselves.
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There are a wide variety of healthcare providers who have use for patient lift systems. Physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, home hospice workers and chiropractors all work with a large range of individuals in need of additional care. These people may be older adults, have special needs, and/or be survivors.
The Smart Lift Vest is also a great tool for nurses and doctors working at a VA Hospital or a medical facility in general. The Smart Lift Vest can be used in emergency evacuations during natural disasters, bomb threats and terrorist threats as well.
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National Societies and Organizations
One of the best ways to ensure that people are aware of patient lifts and know how to use them properly is to educate them. There are a number of national organizations and societies that may decide to purchase lifts for educational purposes and demonstrations, such as the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association and Wounded Warriors, for example.
Do You Need Smart Lift Vest?
Are you taking care of an aging parent or someone with special needs? Do you work in the healthcare industry and lack a safe, smart alternative to your current patient transfer and lift system? The Smart Lift Vest is ideal for healthcare workers and caregivers alike. If you would like more information regarding Smart Lift Vest, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. Our No. 1 priority at Smart Lift is to offer people a way to live independently and happily, and to make sure caregivers, first responders and health care workers are protected, too.