How many staff members would your facility require to safely transfer a dependent 180lb client from a wheelchair into a Pacer gait trainer? Probably somewhere between 3 and 5. And if your facility is similar to most, you will not have the staffing to support that type of transfer often, so the gait trainer remains unused no matter how beneficial it could be to a client’s overall health. The Rifton Sololift changes this scene dramatically, allowing safe patient transfers to be easily achieved by a single caregiver--and with zero lifting. Find out more by watching the video below. A transcript is provided below for viewers with hearing disabilities.
[00:00:00.00] Caption: One Caregiver
[00:00:03.01] Carol Chiulli, PT: We had no way to transfer our large consumers from their wheelchair into a gait trainer. It was simply not doable, just from the size, the body mechanics point of view. The SoloLift is front-loading, so it makes it very easy to do a transfer. And it can be done easily with one person.
[00:00:22.07] Patricia Dalrymple, Day Hab. Coordinator: We have never been able to safely transfer a larger person just using two staff members. We'd have to go, for safety and security reasons, for at least three people, but it would be an extremely difficult lift.
[00:00:36.10] Linda Kuck, Exec. Director: One person could do it; you can do it by yourself. You're not waiting for someone, you're not relying on someone else and it's really very, very safe.
[00:00:44.16] Carol Chiulli, PT: I would feel comfortable transferring a consumer with the SoloLift by myself. The incidents of anything happening seem so low to me because the vest really does encompass the person, the legs are secure, if you think that you're making a mistake or you have the wrong size vest, you can always put the person down, and change vests.
[00:01:02.06] Peggy Amler MA, OT/L: Our experience, too, is that staff are more likely to use a piece of equipment if it works easily, if it works well, if it makes their day easier. And therefore, the consumers benefit because then they're able to use that other piece of equipment that otherwise they might not have been able to go into.
[00:01:21.10] Carol Chiulli, PT: And it requires many staff to transfer a large consumers, probably three to four staff people to transfer somebody over a hundred and eighty pounds, I would say.
[00:01:30.24] Peggy Amler MA, OT/L: Yes.
[00:01:31.08] Carol Chiulli, PT: So, you need somebody to stabilize the chair and the changing table and, you know, three people, one on each side maybe, and then somebody at the legs to really transfer the person safely.
[00:01:41.15] Peggy Amler MA, OT/L: And the reality is that we don't have that kind of a staffing ratio.