Rising after a fall: Are there any aids to help me lift my husband up off the floor if he falls?
Are there any aids to help me lift my husband up off the floor if he falls?
Products mentioned in our answer below are provided to inform you about the types of technologies available and have not been evaluated by CanAssist. They may or may not be appropriate in your particular situation.
Falls can be a frightening and stressful experience for both the individual and their spouse. Helping a spouse up after a fall can also pose a risk to safety to the person doing the lifting. Thankfully, there are some options for restoring a fallen person to standing after a fall without putting a spouse at risk. Below are a few options you may wish to explore :
- ResQUp Patient Lift by ResQUp (available on amazon.com) is a three-leveled stepping stool ergonomically designed to help a person return to sitting or standing position after a fall. The device costs about $400 (U.S.).
- Human Floor Lift by IndeeLift is a motorized lift plugged into the wall to help restore a fallen person to a standing position. The device can be operated by the fallen individual alone, or with help from another person. It costs about $1,900 (U.S.). It is also available online from myhomeforlife.com.
- Elk Lifting Cushion by Mangar (available at amazon.ca) is a battery powered inflatable lifting cushion that raises a fallen person up to a sitting position with the help of one assistant. The device costs about $3,200 to $4,000 (Cdn). It is also available from SelfCare Home Health Products in the Greater Vancouver area.
- Raizer is a battery-operated mobile lifting chair that raise a fallen person up to a sitting position with the help of one assistant. The device costs $6,000 (Cdn). It is available from 101 Mobility in Richmond.