Summary & Highlights
- Fall prevention, rather than fall recovery, is the best policy.
- Most of these fall-lifting devices may require caregiver assistance or need to be near the fall site to be used – always follow the manufacturer’s directions.
- Power-raising devices like the MAIDeSITe Electric Chair Lift, Raizer Chairs and the Mangar inflatable products are easier for seniors to use without caregiver assistance, but the more manual option will require significant upper body strength.
1. Electric Chair Lifts & Raising Chair Devices
Electric chair lifts and raising chairs are motor-operated lifting chairs to help fallen people reach an almost-standing position in just a few minutes. These chairs are generally battery-operated and the chairs Should be used with caregiver assistance for safety.
Here is a video of me demonstrating how to use the MAIDeSITe Electric Lift Chair to lift an elderly person off the floor to a seated position after a fall:
Here’s how to use an electric lift chair to help an elderly person get up after a fall:
- First assess if they have any serious injuries before attempting to move them. Call 911 if needed.
- If no major injury, bring the lightweight lift chair nearby and extend the transfer flaps out.
- Carefully help the senior onto the middle of the lift chair and make sure they are balanced.
- Use the hand controller to slowly raise the backrest and then lift the chair surface up.
- Bring a regular chair or wheelchair next to the raised lift chair.
- Assist the elderly person in transferring from the lift chair over to the regular chair.
- Lower the lift chair back down and recharge it after use.
- The lift chair provides a gentle, stable way to raise an elderly person up from the floor after a fall so they can be safely transferred to a regular chair or wheelchair. It helps avoid injury to caregivers from lifting.
In summary, the MAIDeSITe electric lift chair is a useful device that allows caregivers to safely lift an elderly person off the floor after a fall and transfer them to a regular chair without having to do any difficult manual lifting.
It works by gently raising the chair surface to bring the fallen senior to a height that allows for an easy transfer.
Example: Raizer LiftUp Mobile Lifting Chair
Typically, these chairs have two parts – a seat and the backrest as separate device sections. The chair is assembled in place and under the user.
The seat is placed under the user’s knee and the backrest section of the device is placed under the back, where the backrest and seat snap together.
Once the seat and the backrest attach and secure together, a battery-operated motor raises the chair and the user to a standing posture.
This powered chair allows a single caregiver to safely and easily lift a patient from the floor, all with the touch of a button, to an upright seated position.
The most notable of these devices include the Raizer and Raizer II. Raizer and Raizer II are a line of raising chairs designed and made by Lift Up for seniors in falling scenarios.
Video: Using the Raizer Device to Lift an Elderly Person off the Floor at Home
Pros Of Using Raising Chairs For Lifting Seniors
- Comfortable and safe to use
- Users do not need to expend energy to use the product
- Easy to set up
Cons Raising Chairs For Lifting Seniors
- Requires assistance from caregivers to use
- Seniors can only use the device on a hard surface
- The lifting chairs are relatively heavy owing to the batteries and the motor system
2. Step Ladder Devices
This category of lift products is designed to gradually increase your height while sitting down without straining the back. Step ladders consist of several steps that make gradual lifting possible, with each step incrementally lifting the user’s height while seated.
After getting to the top step, the user then moves to a chair, wheelchair, or bed. Users simply slide back to get seated and recover from the fall when on the top step.
These products are designed with portability and ergonomics as crucial characteristics. As such, the step ladders can be moved anywhere needed. Crucially, seniors will find the device easy and comfortable to use.
Two of the best example of Step Ladder lifting devices include the ResQUp Self-Help Senior Lift and The Para Ladder Manual Lift (Model PL1000).
Example #1: ResQUp Self-Help Senior Lift
This series of steps allows seniors to gradually raise themselves back to a seated position from which they can stand up. Of course, they will need arm strength to do so.
Simple in design and function, the ResQUp Self-Help Senior Lift is a lightweight, portable, and easy-to-use lift ladder designed and optimized to meet senior citizens’ needs.
With no assembly necessary or complicated mechanisms, you can rely on the ResQUp lift ladder to help seniors under your care self-lift to a chair, bed, or wheelchair with ease and comfort.
The lift ladder allows individuals to self-lift using their hands or elbows without exerting their back and/or using a lot of leg strength. The slow, systematic, and gradual lifting process reduces the chances of aggravating any knocks one might have gotten upon falling.
Video: Using the ResQUp Device to Help a Senior Up at Home
Pros Of The ResQUp Self-Help Senior Lift
- A portable design that allows caregivers to take it anywhere in the house.
- Fold up design gives the product a compact design for easy storage.
- Perfect for lifting a person to a chair or bed and lowering the user to the floor.
- Ergonomic design.
- A shorter distance between the levels makes it easier to use if an individual does not have ample upper body strength.
Cons Of The ResQUp Self-Help Senior Lift
- User exerts their upper body – the user needs ample upper body strength.
- Impractical for seniors who live alone.
Durable steel constructed series of ladder steps that allow seniors to gently work themselves back to a seated height to transfer to other furniture and then stand.
The Para Ladder Manual Lift is a step ladder for fall recovery designed for people with a strong upper body. It has a three-level step ladder design and distinctive padded raised handles on either side of the ladder.
The raised ladder gives users more leverage for faster lifting. This assistive device’s raised handles make standing up after a fall a tad easier without enduring transfer-related injuries or exacerbating any injuries.
Moving the step ladder with a rigid yet lightweight aluminum frame is easy. Moreover, the device folds a compact size that reduces the space required for storage.
Pros Of The Para Ladder Manual Lift
- Lightweight aluminum frame.
- Collapsible design for compact storage.
- Ladder steps make it easy for users to rest while ascending.
- Can use the device for both standing up and descending.
Cons Of The Para Ladder Manual Lift
- It requires users to have enough upper body strength to use the product.
- Difficult and sometimes impossible to use the living alone.
3. Mechanical Lifting System
Mechanical lifting systems are one of the easiest systems for older adults to use if they are alone when they fall. These systems use hydraulics and are usually electrically powered to lift the person off the floor.
Once the elderly person has ensured they have no injuries from their fall, they crawl or scoot over to the unit. Then they readjust themselves to a sitting position on the platform and activate the machine to lift them up.
The lift system is a good alternative if an elderly person does not have the arm strength needed to use the step ladder systems. As long as they can reach a seated posistion, the lift will do the rest of the work.
These systems will not lift them to a full standing position. They usually lift them 20 to 4 inches off of the floor. However, this height is usually enough to transfer to chair, couch, or mobility device.
Also, these lifting systems are larger and bulkier than other options. And, of course, they need to be readily available if a fall occurs. Some older adults may not want a piece of equipment like this in the living room, for example.
One of the most popular products in this category include the IndeeLift Human Floor Lift for Fall Recovery.
Example: IndeeLift Human Floor Lift for Fall Recovery
This powered lifting device for the elderly works like a utility dolly with a powered raising seat. Designed to be used independently.
Pros Of Using A Lift System
- Comfortable to use
- Easy and straightforward to use
- Most older adults can use the system independently
- Versatile – they can help you get to a wheelchair, chair, bed, or even toilet.
Cons Of Mechanical Lifts
- Large and bulky
- Must be kept close to probable fall locations
- Difficult to store
4. Inflatable Emergency Lifts
Inflatable emergency lifts are lifting assistive devices that use air-inflation methods and tools to lift a fallen person. The chairs are designed with internal rings for exceptional rigidity. Consequently, the devices are optimized to help seniors rise from a fall and sit down.
Using the device for lifting purposes involves moving the machine next to the individual, then rolling it under the senior, and positioning the device correctly. The final step is using an air compressor to inflate the chair to a seated level.
Among the best inflatable lifting chairs on the market include Mangar Elk Emergency Lift and the Mangar Camel Emergency Lift.
While the Camel and Elk use the same raising mechanism, the Camel offers extra support via its inflated backrest. The Camel’s backrest makes it easier for seniors to use the assistive device independently of caregivers.
Pros Of Inflatable Lifting Chairs
- Encourages independent living, which is important for the elderly
- Ample lifting capacity – it can lift a maximum load of about 320 kg from the floor
- Suitable for use indoors and outdoors
- Comfortable and easy to use
- Reduces the strain on the legs and backs
- Storage friendly as it uses little storage room
Cons Of Inflatable Lifting Chairs
- Slow lifting process
Mangar Elk Inflatable Emergency Lifting Cushion
This series of inflatable cushions are battery-powered and slowly lift a fallen elderly person off of the floor. Can be operated by the senior or a caregiver.
Example #2: Mangar Camel Lift Inflatable Patient Lifter
This portable, battery-powered lifting device can be used anywhere by caregivers or independently. Features an inflatable back for maximum support.
5. Transfer Vest Fall Recovery
The transfer vest fall recovery device is designed to help caregivers lift the elderly more safely and comfortably. Vests, such as the Smart Lift and Lift Vest provide grab-points where the caregiver can lift the elderly safely.
Pros Of Transfer Vests
- Reduces injury risks, mostly hand, arm, and shoulder injuries
- Cost-effective assistive device
- Aside from lifting seniors off the floor, these assistive devices are also used to transfer to the bed, chairs, toilet, and bathtub.
Cons Of Transfer Vest
- Only usable in instances when caregivers are available. Its use necessitates the assistance of at least one caregiver or ideally, two.
6. Pull Up Hand Lifting Assists Standing Aid
The pull-up lifting standing aid is a handle-bar designed to help caregivers lift the elderly under their care safely without pulling or tugging their hands.
This assistive device has molded hand grips on opposite ends. So, the caregiver grabs one end of the device while the fallen person grabs the other end device, thereby allowing the caregiver to lifts them gradually and comfortably.
When lifting an older adult from a fall using this system, it eliminates painful and undignified pulling and tugging, uncomfortable underarm lifting, or tugging the shoulders or the arm.
Crucially, the caregiver provides the assistance needed without positioning the back of their elderly loved into an awkward position. Examples of the hand lifting assistive device include Lift Assists Standing Bar with No-Slip Grip Handles
Example #1: Lift Assists Standing Aid-Handicap Bar
This portable lift device eliminates painful pulling and tugging on the arms and shoulders which can pull a caregiver off balance and cause injury to the senior. Use this device to safely exit chairs, recliners, sofas and cars and to provide additional assistance in bathroom settings.
With an intricate design, the Lift Assists Standing Aid-Handicap Bar provides caregivers and the elderly a comfortable, easy to use, and hygienic means of offering lifting aid. It comes with 4.3 inches non-slip ergonomic handles.
The lifting aid is manufactured using composite materials, giving it lightweight properties while retaining sturdiness and longevity. Crucially, it eliminates uncomfortable and painful tugging and pulling.
- Can use in a wide range of environments
- Lightweight and portable
- Ergonomic and comfortable
- Non-slip grip reduces chances of slippage
- Seniors cannot use the device unassisted
- The elderly need ample strength to use the device
The Pull ME UP has a simple oval shape with two non-slip grips on opposite ends for the elderly and the caregiver to use.
It has a simple design, and lightweight construction makes the device highly portable. The senior holds one end and the caregiver the other end. With the caregiver as the leverage, the elderly individual pulls themselves up.
- Eliminates the squeezing and pulling of the arm or shoulder grasping
- Lightweight and portable
- Easy to use
- The elderly must use their upper and lower body strength
- Seniors in need of help cannot use this assistive device on their own
Assisting the elderly get on their feet after a fall should not involve tugging and pulling. There is a myriad of lifting systems and methods that can aid the caregiver and the elder rise to the feet. Of course, the best thing to do is have a fall prevention program in place to reduce the chance of a fall.
Your choice of the assistive device and method will depend on your needs and circumstances. It is common for injuries (especially shoulder and back) to arise when caregivers lift the elderly without assistive devices.
Caregivers need to invest in an assistive device that helps lift an elderly from the floor without risking other injuries to negate such injuries.