Smart Lift - Family Care
There comes a time when we must take care of a loved one in need. Whether it is looking after an aging parent or an older adult, a family member with a disability or an overweight patient at home, there’s no denying that this is a difficult, emotional task for everyone involved.
As a caregiver, you want to be able to assist your loved one safely and in a timely manner. The Smart Lift Vest was designed to do just this; protect both caregiver and loved one to reduce the amount of further injury caused by using poor lifting techniques. By employing a horizontal pulling technique as opposed to a vertical lifting technique, it reduces the chance of you, as the lifter, sustaining a serious back injury as well as decreasing the chances of further injury to your loved one by reducing the chance of obtaining bruising, skin tears, or dislocations. The Smart Lift is a personal, portable lift and transfer device that is easy on and easy off. Once the vest has been fitted the first time, it will require little adjustment with future use.
Who Can Benefit From Using The Smart Lift Vest?
People of all shapes and sizes can benefit from using the Smart Lift Vest. The Smart Lift Vest was designed to keep you and your loved one safe. After a series of tests, a group of engineers determined that the Smart Lift Vest could hold a weight capacity of 750 pounds. This being said, the Smart Lift vest will work for larger individuals, elderly, as well as with people that have special needs or disabilities, i.e. MS, down syndrome, paraplegic, etc.
People who are larger can be hard to move, lift and transfer. If you are a caregiver taking care of a patient/loved one who weighs more than 300 pounds, you have probably encountered problems if they have fallen. Oftentimes, moving a large patient/loved one requires more than one person and additional equipment, such as a limb sling or mechanical lifting device. Attempting to lift a large patient/loved one by yourself may not only put the patient or loved one in danger, but it could also put you in danger of severely injuring yourself. As with other lifting devices, it is also suggested that two people are used to transfer or lift a larger person with the Smart Lift as it is only an aid in the lifting process. However, the front handles on the vest allow for a much more comfortable lift and transfer. The Smart Lift is designed to accommodate up to 750 pounds as well as people who are over 6’ in height.
Much responsibility and commitment comes with taking care of an aging parent, older adult or elderly person at home. Falls are very common in the elderly, and they can in turn have tragic consequences. One third of older adults, ages 65 and up, suffer a fall every year. More than 650,000 seniors were hospitalized as a result of fall injuries in 2010. Nearly 22,000 died from fall related injuries. Lifting people improperly after an accident can have serious consequences as well. If the person you are caring for has suffered a stroke, has mobility issues due to diabetes or another disease, a personal lift and transfer device such as the Smart Lift is safe, gentle and secure. It is proven to help prevent skin tears, bruises and dislocations, which are common in older adults whose skin has grown sensitive and thin.
Another benefit of using the Smart Lift Vest while caring for an older adult is that it helps them maintain an independent lifestyle. Whether they use a walker, wheelchair, or simply just need a hand getting around every now and then, your family member can still spend time outside of the home. The Smart Lift Vest is easy to to use, easy to clean, and easy to store, which make this product ideal for older adults that still have, or desire, to have an active lifestyle.
People with Special Needs or Disabilities:
When you are caring for someone that is paralyzed or in a wheelchair, has MS (multiple sclerosis, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) or a degenerative disease, a personal, portable lift and transfer device, such as the Smart Lift Vest, can be a huge asset, especially if your loved one is prone to falls or simply needs assistance moving from one place to another. The Smart Lift Vest can be of great assistance in various situations that occur on a daily basis when you are taking care of a loved one. These situations include, but are not limited to, transferring a loved one from a wheelchair to a couch, wheelchair to a toilet, couch to walker, wheelchair to bed, getting in and out of a car, etc.
Sometimes a disabled individual may have the strength or ability to move from one place to another by themselves. However, if they fall, a caregiver needs a fast, safe plan to lift their patient or loved one. One of the unique features of the Smart Lift Vest is that it accommodates for those who do not have full mobility. For example, a person who is lacking upper body strength has the ability to put their arms through the vest (as if they were putting on a jacket) and are able to attach the gait belt to securely fasten the vest from sliding up and down on the back of the neck. Also, if a person has little to no movement in their lower limbs, the Smart Lift accommodates this by providing a fulcrum/knee belt. The knee belt will fasten directly under the patient or loved ones knees, and can be adjusted to ensure that it is securely fastened. This will allow the lifter optimal control over the patient or loved ones legs as well as keeping the patients legs from buckling or sliding out from under them while you are lifting them. The front handles located on the vest are also very useful when lifting as you do not have to physically touch and pull on them, which is usually the main reason that there are so many cases that involve skin tears, bruising, and dislocations.
If your patient or loved one is completely immobile, it is suggested that there be at least two people while performing a lift or transfer. While it is entirely possible to lift an immobile person by oneself, allowing for an extra set of hands will ensure that the lift and transfer process is safe and comfortable for the patient as well as the lifter.
**Again, the Smart Lift is only an aid in the lifting and transferring process. This meaning that the lifter will still need the strength to be able to lift and transfer their patient or loved one. The Smart Lift will allow the lifter to use proper body mechanics when performing the lift, decreasing the chance of injury to the patient as well as the lifter. If you have any other questions that were not covered in this section, please fill out the form on the right, and we will provide an answer as soon as possible.
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