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Note to therapists

October 02, 2008

Note to therapists:

The lifting action of the SoloVest occurs anterolaterally, with comfortable vest surface area over the base of the rib cage and under the scapula. The areas of the axilla and upper chest are protected by the softer portions of the vest, and should be observed closely to assure client comfort.

Due to variety in body shape, the small or medium SoloVest may be better suited to certain body types, rather than the large SoloVest, because these sizes contour well to smaller body frames and those with less muscle tone. The girth measurement provides a guideline when considering which SoloVest size to use. Because the large SoloVest provides more surface area for body contact during lifting, it may be more comfortable for larger clients. All SoloVest sizes have been quality-tested for use with clients up to 350 lbs.

Observe the client closely during initial lifting action: should the arms rise up and vest slip upward, slowly lower the SoloLift lifting arm, re-position the SoloVest below the belt line, tighten the straps, and ­encourage forward-lean positioning of the client during the initial phase of the lift. It may be the small SoloVest accommodates the particular characteristics of clients better.

Client safety is the responsibility of the caregiver at all times. The client's therapist or physician should decide if the SoloLift is appropriate for the client.

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