Safe Patient Handling - Right products, right reasons
In community settings its often simple solutions that make a big difference. As the elderly population continues to increase, more family members are taking on responsibility for care or single carer packages are being used. Moving and handling needs to be safe and effective; the use of equipment can significantly reduce the risk of injury and provide dignity and comfort for the client.
Invacare specialises in key pieces of Safe Patient Handling equipment that offer an effortless approach to moving and handling tasks; providing comfort, care and most importantly safety. All Invacare products are supported by product guides as well as straightforward educational tools. This blog gives an overview on why Invacare’s Safe Patient Handling range is well suited to community and residential care settings and can support decision making for the equipment element of the TILEE¹ risk assessment method.
Stand Assist Lifters
Stand assist lifters provide safe, comfortable, powered assistance from one seated position to another for people who have limited mobility and/or rehabilitation needs. Individuals should have some weight bearing ability, equal strength on both sides and be able to co-operate with instructions.
The Reliant 350 stand assist is ideal in single carer* situations to support the safe completion of an assisted seated to seated transfer. This easy to use stand assist limits the amount of complexity required to carry out straightforward transfers. It can be set up and demonstrated easily allowing family and carers to be trained quickly in its safe use.
The manual leg operation can be operated with ease, and the clearly laid out handset with arrow indication allows smooth raise and lower functions. The small overall product footprint assists in the discreet storage in domestic environments.
The high battery capacity, off board charger and spare battery as standard helps those concerned with keeping the product always charged ready, and the emergency lower function is easily explained.
There is a choice of two sling types that are compatible with stand assist lifters: Stand Assist Slings and Transfer Stand Assist Slings. Stand Assist Slings can be used with people who have some weight bearing ability, good trunk control and the ability to hold onto the lifter. The Transfer Stand Assist sling is designed for those with less standing ability, risk of falling and less trunk stability.
The Reliant 350 is an excellent all-round stand assist lifter which is ideally suited to community and residential care.
Mobile hoists are a flexible and cost effective option to assist in the safe transfer of a client with limited mobility. The Invacare Birdie can be an immediate solution when required, as it can be delivered and set up quickly.
The Invacare Birdie is ideal for clients who need a hoisting solution due to an acute illness, disability or period of rehabilitation. This discreet hoist folds down for storage and its small footprint means that it fits well into tight spaces. Although smaller in size, the Birdie Compact hoist offers an excellent lift height and a maximum user weight of 150kg.
The battery capacity allows for 40 cycles, meaning the battery does not need to be charged on a daily basis. The protected emergency stop button reduces accidental disabling of the product, a common problem in community settings. The coat hanger spreader bar allows for a range of slings to be used to meet a wide range of client's needs. The clearly laid handset is intuitive with a magnetic back for ease of use.
The Invacare Birdie is a straightforward hoist, providing comfort for the client and ease of use for the carer.
Ceiling Track Hoists
Ceiling track hoist systems are ideal for situations that have limited space. The track can be used either as part of a gantry, or fixed ceiling system. Gantry systems are ideal for short term or more urgent needs, such as hospital discharge or instances where a ceiling track system is awaiting installation. Overhead track hoists are physically easier for carers to use as they are not required to move the mobile hoist, as well as the weight of the client.
The Invacare Robin ceiling hoist provides an innovative method of transfer. The two strap design has no obstructive spreader bar; offering a safe and comfortable transfer with optimal client and carer contact. Its Dual Strap System ensures an un-interrupted field of vision, enabling consistent eye contact and allowing for optimal verbal and non-verbal communication.
Invacare provides a wide range of sling shapes to support clients in achieving different functions and positions.
Slings can be used for showering, toileting and positioning and are available in a variety of fabrics to maximise ease of use and comfort for the client. The quality of the sling is important as it needs to be durable, especially in environments of high use.
The tabs on the slings and handles give carers excellent cues and guides for the positioning of clients. The colour coded loops and edging enables detailed care plans to be created for clients to ensure correct positioning and clarity in handover.
¹/ The Manual Handing Operations Regulations 1 992 (AMD 2 002): Risk assessment should consider the following five elements TILEE: Task, Individual, Load, Environment and Equipment.
*A full risk assessment should be carried out prior to the use of any product with a single carer