“Whereas with this new hoist, the legs go out really wide. It also goes really high — we always joke to Karen ‘you could do the dusting around the lights’ because it gets her up that high. We no longer have to try and lift her to reposition her. All that’s required is just a gentle hand on her knee to guide her really so she’s in line with the chair. And that’s it.”
The number of injuries associated with moving and handling people remains a key challenge to healthcare workers. This is why, when used correctly, equipment such as the Solar can help reduce the musculoskeletal strain and physical burden on carers.
“It just saves so many support workers’ backs because it’s much easier to position someone. It’s amazing.”
Karen’s new Silvalea slings are also much more comfortable to use. They have shaped leg sections to support the hip and thigh.
“When we’re lifting Karen up, she slides in the sling into a nice upright position… When you’re taking her down onto the chair, she also goes down nice and straight so her body is much better aligned from the start. It’s a lot more comfortable for her and easier for us to facilitate safe transfers.”