Car handles: What device will help support my client physically when exiting the car?

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What device will help support my client physically when exiting the car?

Question

My client is very independent and does like not like to receive any help when lifting himself out of the car, despite the fact that he has difficulty with his balance. I am worried that one day he will fall over when exiting the vehicle. Is there a portable device or appliance that we can attach onto the car so that my client can independently, but safely, lift himself out?

Our answer

A car handle may help your client to safely exit the vehicle. Car handles are small devices that typically attach to the door latch of the vehicle in order to provide extra support when getting in and out of the car. Below are direct links to a couple of examples of car handles:

  • HandyBar, by Stander Inc.HandyBar by Stander (at Walmart Canada) is a handlebar that slides into the door-latch of the car to provide extra support while sitting or standing up. This device, which doubles as an emergency glass breaker and seat belt cutter, costs about $40 (Cdn), plus an additional shipping fee. 
  • Metro Car Handle Plus, by Stander Inc.Metro Car Handle Plus by Stander (at amazon.ca) is a portable device that can be easily slid into the door-latch on any vehicle. It provides support when exiting the car and includes a flashlight for greater visibility in the evenings. This product costs about $40 to $50 (Cdn), plus an additional shipping fee. 
  • CarCane (at Canadian Tire) is a portable device that locks into the door latch of any car. It provides leverage to help lift yourself up and out of the vehicle, holding up to 350lbs. This product, which includes a flashlight costs about $20, plus an additional shipping fee. 

While these devices may help your client get in and out of the car, he may be at risk of falling in other areas of his home or community. Your client may be interested in completing a BC Government falls risk questionnaire to determine his risk of falling as well as actions he can take to prevent falls and remain independent.

 

Some technologies and devices may require an in-person assessment. Speak with your health care provider for additional information and support.

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