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Dignified, secure transfers with an electric patient lift

Rifton SoloLift video 8

The Rifton SoloLift, an electric patient lift, encourages weight-bearing and gives clients in your facility a sense of dignity and stability as they are transferred. Because it lifts in a natural sit-to-stand arc, a client's feet remain on the floor and eye-contact can be made during lifting. An optional scale allows the therapist or caregiver to monitor the weight-bearing of the client during transfer (from zero to full weight-bearing). Listen to therapists' and center managers' comments after trialing the SoloLift. A transcript is provided below for viewers with hearing disabilities.

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[00:00:00.00] Caption: Safe, secure and dignified.

[00:00:02.29] Linda Bollinger-Lunger, PT: There is something about being in a very high, seated position with your buttocks dropping down, that is somewhat undignified and really, for myself, besides being uncomfortable, when you're in the vertical position, leaning forward, it more mimics everybody else, your eyes are facing you and you feel more secure, there's dignity in that.

[00:00:23.04] Carol Chiulli, PT: I think the consumers feel very safe during the sit-to-stand transfer because their feet are in contact with the ground, which gives them a sense of stability.

[00:00:33.14] Peggy Amler MA, OT/L: Our concern is for the dignity of the consumer, and the safety of the consumer, and the safety of the staff as well. I believe that the SoloLift provides all of these. When we raise them to a weight- bearing position, we can really control how much weight-bearing they are doing. We've seen people who otherwise would be sitting in a pretty forward flexed posture in the wheelchair and we bring them to an upright posture with the SoloLift and you see them starting to take steps. Compared to other lifters, we're so concerned about lifting them and they're in, as Carol said before, much more of a flexed posture, so there is no opportunity for them to use what gross motor control, what postural control they do have.

[00:01:23.02] Carol Chiulli, PT: I think the SoloLift does give you that flexion moment, where it's a safer position to load somebody into a gait trainer or any piece of equipment. A lot of times we see our consumers with high tone, who have Cerebral Palsy, use a lot of extension and they stand using their extensor tone, and it's very hard to control movement with somebody who's extended. It's hard for the consumer and it's hard for the staff person, so that flexed posture automatically makes it more safe.