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    You may require something to hold onto to assist you from a lying to a sitting position and there are a few simple pieces of equipment that you may find useful that are easily available either from local dealers or via mail order catalogue or via the internet for home delivery.

    bed rope ladderBed Rope Ladder:

    This simple piece of equipment attaches under the legs or castors of the bottom of the bed and will allow you to easily and simply pull yourself up from a lying to a sitting position by pulling up on the ‘rungs’ of the ladder. The rungs are easy clean plastic. It is suitable for all bed types and is simple to fit. You must have reasonable upper limb strength and back control to be able to use this equipment appropriately and safely.

    lifting pole for bedsLifting Pole:

    These can either be fitted behind the head of the bed on a base and come over the top in front of the User or can be fitted to the bed frame of the bed for increased stability.

    The freestanding model requires at least 40mm (1.75”) clearance under the bed to allow for the base plate to slide underneath. The long pole is height adjustable and features a horizontal bar at the top from which hangs a strong, adjustable strap attached to a plastic, moulded, triangular shaped handgrip. The handle is used to provide support for you to pull up from a lying position to a sitting position but is not designed to pull you completely off the bed. This equipment is not suitable if you have problems with restricted range of movement in your shoulders, arms or back or reduced upper limb muscle weakness.

    The handle can be stored out of reach on the bar to prevent any accidental risk of injury to the User when not being used. The lifting poles that fit to the bed frame are only suitable to be used with hospital type beds as they have to fit into a fixture on the frame of the bed. These reduce the space required and there is no need for a base plate below the bed, which make them more compatible to use with a hoist, if additional lifting assistance is required.

    If these options are not suitable to meet your needs because you have more complex problems or reduced muscle strength you may need to consider alternative types of equipment that, through battery powered operation, will actually lift you from a lying position to a sitting position in bed in a slow and controlled manner. It is important that you do not rely too heavily upon a Carer to physically assist you with this type of transfer as you could end up either seriously injuring yourself or injuring your Carer.

    There are a number of solutions available on the market to purchase privately but as you may have a number of other difficulties that need resolving so it would be recommended that you request an Assessment to determine exactly what might be required. This can be requested either through your Local Authority/Hospital or you can request an assessment by one of our experienced Occupational Therapists at Able 2 OT Services Ltd.

    Equipment that can be trialled for mechanically assisted transfers are:

    Rise Easy Mattress ElevatorRise Easy Mattress Elevator:

    This is an affordable solution to assist with raising and lowering your mattress to enable lying to sitting in bed and back again as well as easier transfer in and out of bed. Its width adjustable frame allows it to be used on single, double and kingsize divan beds. It has a quiet operation and easy to use hand control, with the angle of the raise between 10 degrees – 67 degrees. It is easy to install and has secure support straps, with quick release buckles, that fit around the base of the bed. It is however not suitable for use with orthopaedic mattresses. This equipment is especially useful where there are Carers who help you as it will sit You up in bed at the push of a button and eliminates the need for Carers to lift or for You to try to lift yourself.

    Medici Pillow LifterMedici Pillow Lifter (Light):

    This is designed to help a person sit up in bed by raising and lowering with ease. It is an electrically operated, lightweight aluminium backrest that sits on top of the existing mattress and can be comfortably left in place when lying on the bed. It can also be securely strapped in place if required. It is powered by a low voltage transformer that has back up batteries for temporary use of the unit in case of a power failure.

    It is easy to operate, quiet in use and with a simple hand control. It allows angles from 5 degrees to 65 degrees and comes complete with a mattress pad that secures to the frame, which has a four-way stretch, waterproof cover and a fitted polycotton sheet with a sewn in pocket in which to place a pillow – ensuring that the pillow stays in place when being elevated.

    Pillow lifters are useful in situations where a couple are sleeping together but only one of them is having difficulties because it does not involve fitting under the whole mattress and lifting that up every time it is elevated.

    Handy PillowliftHandy Pillow Lifter:

    This air filled Pillow Lift elevates You into a seated position at the touch of a button to provide excellent back support. It sits on top of the mattress and is operated by a quiet Airflo compressor (supplied with charging unit). It provides valuable assistance with lifting You from lying down to a seated position but can be left in any position to suit the User without disturbing anyone else in the bed. It has an easy to operate hand control and is stable, supportive, lightweight and comfortable and can be used on either single or double beds and provides a very smooth inflation/deflation process that enables You to feel in total control of the task. It has an anti-slip pillow holder, is very portable because it rolls up for travelling purposes, and has a removable machine washable cover.

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For more information of what is the best option for you, get in touch with us.