In making personal care such as toileting more dignified, above-the-waist lifting is essential. The Rifton SoloLift accomplishes this perfectly thanks to the SoloVest. Comfortably and securely hugging a client's torso, it enables an upright transfer to and from a commode, toilet or wheelchair, during which clothing can be adjusted almost as naturally as if no mobile lift were present. Watch this clip to learn more. A transcript is provided below for viewers with hearing disabilities.
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[00:00:00.00] Caption: Above the Waist
[00:00:04.06] Carol Chiulli, PT: All that's needed on the part of the consumer is really to be able to bring them forward in the chair. They don't have to do any lateral weight shifts; a sling doesn't have to go under them.
[00:00:12.03] Peggy Amler MA, OT/L: Compared to other vests, also other lifters require you to place the lift vest so low, it's a very difficult procedure particularly when you have the seat-belt of the chair still fastened. This is so simple, because you place it just about to the bottom of the pelvis and you tighten it. It holds, it's secure, it's contoured, and it's very comfortable for the client. When the vest is applied, it's a very simple procedure to transfer someone onto the toilet; you don't have a lot of work to do to lower their clothing.
[00:00:46.11] Carol Chiulli, PT: And I think it helps preserve the dignity a little bit, too because you don't have to struggle with any clothing.
[00:00:51.15] Peggy Amler MA, OT/L: I did find transferring from the SoloLift back into the wheelchair easier to do. It seems that it's a lower profile lift, the vest is lower profile, the leg straps are much easier to use and being able to push on the bar if the consumer is holding on as you transfer them, also is another mechanism that you can use to get the pelvis fully back into the wheelchair.
[00:01:14.14] Carol Chiulli, PT: And you don't need that secondary, little extra lift to get them back, it's just complete. They're in there.
[00:01:20.21] Paul Keckeiser, PTA: The client only has to lean forward a slight bit to get vest behind them and it straps on in front; that's all that's really needed in there.
[00:01:27.10] Keith Jones, Program Manager: In using other lifts and slings, you have to really maneuver the participant around, sometimes in an uncomfortable position for them, to get the sling under them to use it. With the vest, you just slide them forward a little bit and you can just stick it behind them, and it works out much better.
[00:01:42.03] Patricia Dalrymple, Day Hab. Coordinator: One aspect where I have noticed that it could provide significantly to the dignity of people served is in their personal care needs. When one staff member can assist as opposed to three, when they're able to be supported, using a commode chair or a toilet, the staff is able to step out. There's a greater area in which to help them and assist them with the changing of clothes or diaper change. That hasn't been available with any of the other lifts.