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Most persons with Mobility Impairments who use Mobility Aids such as Wheelchairs, Scooters and Walkers, may need Lifts or Ramps to help them to get up and down stairs. They may also require the use of Hoists when they need to transfer themselves, or be transferred to or from a Wheelchair. Some people however, have good upper body strength & can perform these transfers on their own, or with the assistance of smaller equipment such as Transfer Boards and Turning Tables.
There are a wide variety of different types of these Hoists, Lifts, Ramps and other Transferring Aids that can assist you with these transfers, these products are available from various companies in South Africa, including Prima Care, Sheer Mobility, Pro Mobility, Ability Assist, Sitwell, Mobility Aids, Solutions Medical, Shoprider, Maria Vermaak - Meelu and Simplify Wheelchair Seating. Most of these companies can also service, install and repair the products that they sell, while companies such as Pro Mobility, Mobility Aids, Solutions Medical and Prima Care also rent out some of these Hoists and companies such as Shoprider and Sitwell who also buy and sell good second hand equipment, please contact them to find out more or read the article below to find out more information about these "Hoists, Lifts, Ramps & Transferring Aids" that are available to purchase in South Africa and the companies that sell them, or visit our Equipment to Hire - Hoists Lifts & Transferring Aids to find out more about what equipment is available to rent.
Pro Mobility: is Your One Stop for Assisted Living and Mobility Access Solutions; we provide leading-edge services and solutions to those with mobility and agility impairments or limitations. With first class service and support, we cater individually to each of our clients to find the best accessible solutions according to their mobility needs. Pro Mobility are Authorised Agents for Autochair and Ardoo Products in South Africa and sell or rent out a wide variety of "Hoists, Lifts, Ramps and Transferring Aids" as well as Assistive Devices such as Bathroom and Mobility Aids, Pressure Care Products, Health Care Accessories, Pediatric Equipment, Accessories, Seating and Positioning Equipment and Services and Vehicle Adaption’s and Equipment. Pro Mobility can also install service and repair the products that they sell and supply.
Pro Mobility has their Head Office in Durban where they also offer an Accessible Transport Service and have recently opened their first concept shop in Cape Town. “We have created a welcoming, wheelchair friendly space for any person with a disability or impaired mobility to come and see all the available items as they would be in your home. The shop is easy to find and has ample parking. We carry a wide range of products and accessories, from mobility to incontinence products, for use throughout your home.”
Please feel free to visit their web site: www.pro-mobility.co.za or contact Pro Mobility if you require any of these products or services listed above, or you can contact them at: Natal or Johannesburg: via Clinton on: 083 775 0611; email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their Shop at: PO Box 2123, Westville, Kwa-Zulu Natal, 3630, South Africa.
Cape Town: via Lee on: 021 111 0980; email: email@example.com, or visit their shop at: The Village Square, Shop 8, Plumstead, Cape Town.
Sheer Mobility: is in the market with a mission to make quality assistive devices more affordable in this country. Our imported range of European & American quality accredited products includes a wide variety of assistive devices, including "Hoists, Lifts, Ramps & Transferring Aids". We also install, service & repair many of the products that they supply.
Sheer Mobility are based in Cape Town but can provide products throughout South Africa. You can contact them at: Tel: (021) 552 5563 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.sheermobility.co.za Address: Unit 6, 14 Esso Road, Montague Gardens, 7441.
Prima Care: specializes in providing a wide variety of products and services for persons with disabilities in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and throughout South Africa! They are a Home Care, Hospital & Medical Equipment Provider and have Health Care Consultants with many years of experience and extensive knowledge to assess your needs and help you choose the products best suited for you. “We pride ourselves in supplying high quality products from trusted and well known German and Other suppliers. These products include a variety of Pediatric Equipment, Adjustable, Hospital & Home Care Beds, Mobility Scooters, Oxygen Concentrators, Alternating Pressure Mattresses, Anti-Bedsore Mattresses, Ripple Mattress, Walkers, Rollators, Mobility Aids, Wheelchairs, Wheelchair Cushions, Wheelchair Ramps, Power Wheelchairs, Rise Recliners, Grab Rails, Bed Rails, Shower Aids, Commodes, Toilet Aids and Much More. Our locations are staffed with certified fitters who offer private services in our stores or in the convenience of your own home. We also supply speedy delivery of our products and good After Sales Service, with trained technicians and a vast range of spare parts available to ensure that our products exceed their life span. Prima Care also rent out a variety of products to those clients that may only need the product for a limited period of time, therefore accommodating our clients’ needs to ensure their funds are maximized to their full potential. Please feel free to contact a Prima Care professional to assist, you can contact us on: +27 (021) 555 1596, via email: email@example.com or visit our web site at: www.primacare.co.za to see our extensive catalog of products which we deliver country wide to your door!
Sitwell Technologies: are Specialists in the provision of Mobility & Assistive Aid Equipment for persons with physical disabilities. Sitwell Technologies represent all local suppliers as well as a number of International manufacturers of equipment, providing an unbiased view of all products available to the South African market. Their approach to Mobility is about providing a holistic solution to each individual’s needs. Sitwell Technologies also provide good quality 2nd hand products and are based in Johannesburg but can provide products throughout South Africa. You can contact them at: Tel: (+27) 11 440 8226 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.sitwell.co.za Address: 41 11th Avenue, Highlands North, Johannesburg.
Ability Assist: stock and sell a wide variety of these different types of Eating, Drinking and Cooking Accessories, as well as other types of assistive devices and accessories, including Pressure Care, Bathroom, Mobility & Transfer Aids. These products can be purchased online at: www.abilityassist.co.za , or from their offices in Boksburg in Gauteng at: Unit 7, Lincoln Business Park, Cnr Malcolm Moodie Crescent & George Palmer Street, Jet Park, Boksburg, 1459. Please make an appointment with Ability Assist before visiting them, they can be contacted on: (011) 894 5667, or email them at: email@example.com
Mobility Aids: specializes in providing a good quality service and a wide variety of products and services for persons with disabilities in Gauteng and South Africa. Mobility Aids have been serving persons with disabilities since 1995 and carry a wide range of products including Hospital Beds, Mobility Scooters, Pressure Care Mattresses, Walkers, Rollators, Wheelchairs, Cushions, Ramps, Power Wheelchairs, Bathroom Aids, Eating and Dressing Accessories and much more. "We offer a good after sales Service, and can service and repair your Assistive Devices and also rent out a variety of products including Hospital Beds, Walkers, Crutches, Commodes, Wheelchairs and More. Please feel free to contact us should you have any queries or are interested in a particular product. Mobility Aids is based in Benoni, at 7 Kei Road, Farrarmere, you can contact us on: 011 849 2810 or 011 425 1095 or email us on: firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can visit our web site to view our products at: www.mobilityaids.co.za"
Shoprider™: Represents the range of electric mobility scooters and wheelchairs manufactured by the Pihsiang Corporation in Taiwan. Pihsiang's manufacturing plants have been certified for ISO 9001, ISO14001 and ISO 13485 standards.
For the last 30 years Shoprider SA has been serving the Southern African market from Centurion in Gauteng, and as the business and market has grown, we have added representatives in key areas. Shoprider SA carries a full range of stock items which is held at our centrally located, workshop/showroom in Centurion. Shipment of parts and scooters to anywhere in the Southern African continent is not a problem. We believe that our after sales service and support give Shoprider South Africa the competitive edge when it comes to customer satisfaction and our ongoing commitment to quality control. We keep a full compliment of spares on site at all times to ensure that our customers are not left stranded. Our technicians are fully trained, offering in-house service and manufacturing where needed. All our work is guaranteed. At Shoprider South Africa, we are passionate about providing you with the perfect portable scooter or wheelchair, giving you the personalised mobility and flexibility you need. In partnering with top European and US manufacturers, we have expanded our services to include vehicle conversions for easy and practical transporting of your portable mobility scooter or electric wheelchair.
Solutions Medical: Solutions Medical manufactures and distributes rehabilitation equipment to both the Industry and end user. We supply Solutions for caring for a patient at home, as well as a wide variety of other products, which are available to rent or to buy. These products include but are not limited to Motorized and Manual Wheelchairs; Bathroom Aids; Hoists and Slings; Pediatric Equipment; Rehabilitation Equipment; Pressure Care and Seating Products; Scooters; Walking Aids; Ramps, etc.
We offer high-quality products and a great service, our mission is to exceed all of our customers' needs, which is one of the big reasons that almost all of our customers come back to us. We also do home visits to assess the client’s needs, including problems accessing the bathroom or advising what aged care products would suite the one you care for.
Please feel free to contact us on Tel: (021) 592 3370, WhatsApp: 065 277 6701; via Email: email@example.com, or visit our website or Facebook page: www.wheelchairs.co.za or www.facebook.com/www.wheelchairs.co.za. Alternatively you can come and visit us at our Head office and showroom to see for yourself what we have to offer. We are situated in Cape Town at 69 Stewart Street, Stewart Industrial Park, Townsend Estate, Goodwood, Western Cape, South Africa, 7460
Please read the article below to find out more information about the various Hoists, Lifts and Transferring Aids that are available in South Africa and the companies that provide them.
Many persons with Mobility Impairments, including the elderly have difficulty accessing stairs, some people are lucky enough to only need the assistance from Hand Rails to get up and down the stairs, while some persons in wheelchairs have the strength in their arms and have learned techniques to be able to navigate up and down stairs without the assistance of any "Hoists, Lifts, Ramps & Transfer Aids". This however is not possible for many persons using Mobility Aids and therefore there are a wide variety of different types of Lifts, Ramps & Transfer Aids that can be used to help persons who need assistance to go up and down stairs. These products are available to purchase from various companies in South Africa and include equipment such as:
- FlexStep - Stairs and Lift In One
- Stair Lifts
- Platform Stair lifts
- Elevators or Lifts
- Stair Climbing and Evacuation Equipment
The FlexStep is the perfect solution to conquer split levels for all wheelchair users and walking impaired people in areas with minimal space. It is the most space-saving lift on the market and at the same time it offers a design to satisfy even the most fastidious user.
The FlexStep is an innovative 2-in-1 solution that transforms stairs into a platform lift for wheelchair users and walking impaired people. The FlexStep is designed to merge into the environment where it is installed, numerous options are available to customize step inserts, handrail types and also balustrades, materials and colours can be tailored to a perfect match. You may even supply your own flooring materials for the steps to achieve the optimal integration into your decor.
In daily use The FlexStep is a completely ordinary staircase with the classic design, which can to a great degree be adjusted to individual requirements. With a single press of a button the the FlexStep transforms into a lift, which comfortably and safely raises the user to the upper level.
|The FlexStep is a very safe product thanks to the many safety measures guaranteeing non-hazardous operation of the convenient platform lift. The product comprises four intelligent, synchronized engines safeguarding a stable and safe transportation between levels, and as standard The FlexStep is furnished with all the necessary safety measures.|
The FlexStep is CE marked according to the EU Machinery Directive and thus meets the strictest safety regulation. The operation is quite simple on the upper and lower level, the stairs can be transformed into a lift and once on the lift, the user can control the lift as required.
The FlexStep is available to purchase from companies such Sitwell Technologies, please contact them to find out more about this and other equipment that they sell and install or Contact Us if you need any further assistance.
The Stair Lift
A Stair Lift also known as Chair Lifts or Stair Gliders are mechanical devices used for lifting a person up and down stairs. They are often used by the elderly, fall-prone individuals and persons with disabilities who are unable to navigate stairs safely. Stair Lifts are available with a wide variety of different features, such as an adjustable seat height, battery isolation switches, call stations, 'flip-up' rail, key switch, folding step, speed governor, seat belt, soft start and soft stop. For sufficiently wide stairs, a rail is mounted to the treads of the stairs and a chair or lifting platform is attached to the rail. A person on the chair or platform is lifted in the chair along the rail.
Stair Lifts (pictured right) are available in different styles and can be customised to suit your home, options available in South Africa from companies such as Sitwell Technologies, include:
- Straight Stairlift: The ultimate staircase solution, giving you the full use of the home you love, it includes an Inertia seatbelt fitted as standard to provide security and safety. Stairlifts are also available for narrow stairs, they have a 127kg maximum weight (159kg HD version) and includes a 12-months manufacturer guarantee.
- Curved Stairlift: Is a comfortable and reliable ride designed for any curved staircase. It has a single stairlift rail that uses an innovative and unique to Acorn FastTrack® system and 120kg maximum weight limit and includes 12-months manufacturer guarantee.
- Outdoor Stairlift: Is the perfect mobility aid to give you access to those outdoor spaces you love, they come with a weather resistant outdoor cover and are fitted to the steps, not the wall and have a 127kg maximum weight limit and include a 12-month manufacturer guarantee.
All three types of these Stair Lifts are available to purchase from companies such as Sitwell Technologies, please contact them to find out more about this and other equipment that they sell and install or Contact Us to find out more about this type of equipment.
Platform Stair Lifts
The Platform Stair Lift enables accessibility to public and private locations and is suitable for all types of Wheelchairs and Scooters. The platform-size is available in standard, large and extra-large, and depends on independent or assisted use of the Lift, it can adapt to various inclines and can handle constant and variable gradients. The Platform Stair Lift is suitable for indoor and outdoor installation, and ensures durability and unbeatable performance. It does not require building work, and won’t interfere with your interior design style. Technological features include personal protection devices, radio control and retractable arms that fold out of the way when not in use. Platform Stair lifts can be used for straight or curved steps and are available to purchase from various companies in South Africa, including Sitwell Technologies, contact them to find out more about this and other equipment that they sell and install, or Contact Us to find out more about this type of equipment.
An Elevator or Lift is a type of vertical transportation that moves people between floors of a home or apartment, where wheelchair ramps and the other equipment listed above would be impractical. Elevators are generally powered by electric motors that either drive traction cables or counterweight systems. Elevators or Lifts are available in different sizes, finishes and colours to match the design of any home and can be purchased from companies such as Sitwell Technologies, please contact them to find out more about this and other equipment that they sell and install, or Contact Us to find out more about this type of equipment.
There are a wide variety of different types of Ramps which can be built or are available to purchase in South Africa, depending on your Home, Wheelchair or Scooter, the size needed and your physical abilities. Ramps must be carefully designed in order to be useful, a less steep rise can be easier for a wheelchair user to navigate, as well as safer. The Ramp should also be wide enough to easily navigate, lips on the sides of the ramps assist in this and help prevent your Wheelchair, Scooter or Walker from coming off the edge.
The South African National Standard for Building Regulations state that Wheelchair ramps (or other ways for wheelchair users to access a building, such as a wheelchair lift) are required in the new construction for public buildings in South Africa. They also state that these wheelchair Lifts and Ramps must meet certain regulations and requirements. Any ramp provided in terms of this part of SANS 10400 shall have a gradient, measured along the centre line, that is not steeper than 1:12.
Ramps can take on different sizes and shapes and can be built out of wood, cement or metal. Some companies such as Pro Mobility, Sitwell Technologies, Mobility Aids and INVEN-D can manufacture various sizes and types of Metal or Wooden Ramps to suite your house, school or business. Contact them to find out more about the Ramps that they can manufacture, or visit our Accessible Housing page to find out more about building Ramps.
There are also a variety of Ramps that are sold in South Africa that are already manufactured to certain sizes, these Ramps include smaller Ramps for 1 step, as well as longer Ramps.
Pre Manufactured Small Ramps
There are a variety of Pre Manufactured Small Ramps that are sold in South Africa which are manufactured out of rubber or metal and include small thresh hold Ramps to get you over that half a step, as well as slightly longer Ramps to get you over a full step or two. These ramps are available to purchase from various companies in South Africa, including Prima Care, Pro Mobility, Ability Assist, Mobility Aids, Sitwell and Simplify Wheelchair Seating and include products such as:
Rubber Threshold Ramps: Threshold ramps (pictured above right) are products that allow for smooth transit between rooms or other areas, created with convenience in mind, they comprise of bevelled edges that allow ease of access from any direction and can be used to provide efficient wheelchair, or scooter, access between rooms with stairs or lips. There’s a wide range of threshold ramps at different heights to accommodate various areas. These threshold ramps are made of high-quality PVC or rubber (100% recycled) that reduce the risk of sliding. These ramps are available in various depths from 2cm height – 10cm height and can be purchased from companies such as Sitwell, please click on the link to find out more about these and other similar types of Ramps that are available, or to receive a quote.
Roll-Up Ramps: Roll-Up Ramps provide a quick and easy solution to obtain access, it can be used as a portable or fixed ramp. It rolls up to a compact size, with a weight capacity of 300kg. These Ramps (pictured right) can be used for both vehicles & houses & are narrow enough to fit most doorways, but wide enough to be suitable for most Scooters and Wheelchairs. They are 70cm (27″) wide and are lightweight with an excellent check plate grip surface. They are portable & do not require any fitting or installation, the Aluminium finish prevents stains and corrosion, and the fixed height design means the ramps can be simply placed over most doorways and can be easily removed when required. The ramps come complete with anti-slip pads on the underside of the ramp to offer protection to the floor surface whilst preventing slippage. These Ramps are available in three sizes: 60cm, 80cm and 100cm and are available to buy from companies such as Ability Assist, Prima Care, Pro Mobility and Sitwell Technologies, click on the link to find out more about these and other similar types of Ramps that are available, or to receive a quote.
Devilbiss Drive Small Threshold Ramps: These Threshold Bridging Ramps brings an end to problems posed by door and other thresholds, by bridging over the lip and providing a smooth transit. The ramp is narrow enough for most doorways, is lightweight with an excellent check plate grip surface, it is portable and requires no fitting or installation. The Aluminium finish prevents stains and corrosion and the fixed height design means the ramps can be simply placed over most doorways and can be easily removed when required. They come complete with anti-slip pads on the underside of the ramp to offer protection to the floor surface whilst preventing slippage. These Ramps are available in three sizes: 60cm, 80cm and 100cm and are 70cm wide and suitable for most scooters and wheelchairs, as they have a Maximum user weight 272 kg. These Ramps are available to buy from companies such as Sitwell and Pro Mobility, contact them to find out more about these and other similar types of Ramps that are available, or to receive a quote.
Pre Manufactured Long Ramps
There are also a various Pre Manufactured Longer Ramps that are sold in South Africa which are manufactured out of metal and can be used in the home permanently or temporarily and can be removed at a later stage, if the ramps are no longer necessary. They are available to purchase from various companies in South Africa, including: Sheer Mobility, Prima Care, Pro Mobility, Mobility Aids, Sitwell Technologies, Shoprider, Solutions Medical and ShonaquipSE and include products such as:
T200 Telescopic Ramp: These folding telescopic ramps (pictured above right) are available in long lengths to enable use in a range of different environments. The ramp has a minimum length of 116cm and a maximum length of 202cm. They each weigh 5.6kg and can take a maximum Load of 150kg, with Int Width of 19cm and Rec. maximum height of 40cm. These Shower Stools are available to purchase from companies such as Pro Mobility and Shoprider, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.
IRP200 IRP Ramps: The IRP is a portable ramp that folds length-wise. It provides a complete traction surface for electric wheelchairs, three-wheeled scooters, etc. This ramp is very lightweight and is made from very durable materials that can support heavy loads. It has a length of 200cm; Width of: 78cm; Internal Width of: 76cm and a Width/Thickness Folded of: 41.5cm/5.5cm. The Weight of these ramps is 14.7kg and it has a maximum load capacity of: 350kg and a Rec. Max Height of: 40cm. These Ramps are available to purchase from companies such as Shoprider and Pro Mobility, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.
RA130 Aluminium Ramp: (Pictured right), is designed to bridge the gap over steps, curbs and rise landing, the single fold makes it ideal for scooters and all wheelchair types, it folds in half to be carried like a suitcase, the compact size makes it ideal for easy storage. It has a high strength light weight aluminium construction and extruded non skid driving surface and will operate up to a 30 degree slope safely, with a weight carrying capacity of 250 Kg, a Length of 1,49 m, the Width opens to 73 cm and the Width folded is 37 cm. It has a weight of 12,5 kg and is available to purchase from various companies in South Africa including Sheer Mobility and Pro Mobility, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.
There are also various other Wheelchair Ramps which are available for use in Vehicles and Homes and are available to purchase from companies such as Sitwell Technologies, Shoprider, Prima Care, ShonaquipSE, Mobility Aids, Solutions Medical and Pro Mobility. These Ramps come in a variety of different types, including:
Visit our Wheelchair Ramps for Vehicles section to find out more about these Ramps that can be used to get in and out of your vehicle or up and down steps in your home, or Contact Us if you require any further assistance.
Stair Climbing and Evacuation Equipment
There a various other types of equipment that can be used to go up and down stairs, this equipment ranges from Stair Climbing Motorized Wheelchairs to variety of Evacuation Chairs and other "Stair Climbing Chairs" or devices that can be used by persons who are unable to walk up and down steps and need to be evacuated due to emergency or if Elevators are not available or not working. Evacuation chairs are also known as disabled evacuation chairs, stairway evacuation chairs, fire evacuation chairs or airport evacuation chairs, which are used to assist wheelchair users in airplanes. There are various different types of Evacuation Chairs and Equipment that are available to be purchase in South Africa, including equipment that can fit under the wheelchair, so that the person using the wheelchair does not need to be lifted out of their wheelchair, therefor reducing the risk of injury to both carers and patient. Stair Climbing and Evacuation Equipment that is available in South Africa from companies such as Sitwell, includes products such as:
LIFTKAR PT – Powered Stairclimbers: LIFTKAR PT – Powered Stairclimbers (Pictured right) are ideal for people who need assistance climbing stairs and are easy to use and safely operated without excessive effort. The LIFTKAR PT enables you to access your whole house and can be transported, if going out to the doctor’s or post office, driving by car to visit friends and relatives, travelling by plane or train, going to the theatre or an exhibition. A powerful battery pack, mobile charger unit (available as an accessory) and a quick-change battery pack to ensure that the LIFTKAR PT is ready for action at any time.
The LIFTKAR PT features include:
|01 – backrest
02 – battery pack
03 – robust step edge brake
04 – handle unit
|05 – control panel – handle unit
06 – folding armrests
07 – climber unit
The LIFTKAR PT is available in several Models with integrated seat for use with a wheelchair. All three types of these Stair Lifts are available to purchase from companies such as Sitwell Technologies, please contact them to find out more about the equipment that they sell and install or Contact Us to find out more about this type of equipment.
The Liftkar PTR: The Liftkar PTR (pictured right) is a mobile unit that has been especially developed for operating on straight steps. Wheelchair users can now move around more freely and helpers no longer need to strain their backs on the stairs. It is easy to use - simply release two levers to dismantle the LIFTKAR PTR into two easily portable parts. The base unit with battery pack fitted weighs approx. 28 kg, while the handle units weights approx. 11 kg. The Liftkar PTR ensures extremely safe handling on the stairs.
The Liftkar PTR this designed for the safe movement of people with reduced mobility by stairs It is a device developed especially for the mobilization on straight stairs, it gives more freedom of movement to persons with reduced mobility while reducing the impact on the back of the person in charge of operating the caterpillar By means of two levers, the bag easily comes apart in two units suitable for transport Aluminium frame for easy transportation, only 39 kg. There are many reasons why somebody cannot manage stairs alone for a time, or permanently, the Liftkar PTR offers a portable powered solution that are easy to use, safe and can be operated without excessive effort. This product is available to purchase from Companies such as Sitwell Technologies, please click on the following Pdf. to find out more: 7.0 Portable Wheelchair Lift - Stair-Trac brochure, or contact them to receive a quote.
Please feel free to Contact Us to find out what other types of this equipment is available to purchase in South Africa and which companies supply them.
Types of Hoists, Patient Lifters, Slings, Etc.
A Hoist or Patient Lift is an assistive device that is used to transfer persons with Mobility Impairments between a bed and a wheelchair or other similar places. Most hoists are Hydraulic or Electric Powered, these include Wheeled Lifts, which are mobile, Wall Lifts, which are mounted to the wall, or Ceiling Lifts, which are suspended from the ceiling & are mounted or can run on overhead tracks.
All of these Hoists require some way to connect you safely to the Hoist, so that you can move from point A to point B, they include:
- The Sling Lift & Sling
- SureHands® Body Support, which is a product from the HandiMove hoist range.
- A Sit-To-Stand Lift.
The Sling Lift
The Sling Lift has several advantages, it allows heavy patients to be transferred while decreasing stress on caregivers while also reducing the number of nursing staff required to move patients, it also reduces the chance of injury from lifting patients. Patients who have medical conditions that do not allow them to be bent & compressed by the sling as they are hoisted (i.e., cannot withstand "vertical transfer") will require specialized slings which can lift horizontally, or use other assistive devices for transferring.
The other types of transfer device which allow for lateral transfer are stretcher chairs (also called transfer or convertible chairs) that allow patients to be slid or dragged from the bed onto a mobile stretcher that then converts into a mobile chair, and inflatable sliding mats which use air bearing technology to reduce friction during lateral transfer. Other less expensive alternatives are disposable or washable Sliding Sheets/Draw Sheets and Sliding Boards. See Draw Sheets below.
There are also various types of other Slings that are available to purchase in South Africa, these can be purchased from companies such as Prima Care, Sitwell Technologies, Sheer Mobility, Pro Mobility, Mobility Aids and Solutions Medical.
Use of the a Sling Lift involves placing a special piece of fabric, called a Sling, under the patient (usually made of woven nylon, cotton, or a similar material to a modern hammock), which can hold the weight of the patient while suspended in air. The fabric is attached to a series of hooks or clips.
There are many variations of the Sling, it is important that a therapist or qualified person do an assessment of the patient's size, weight, and medical condition in order to select the proper sling to avoid injuring the patient during transfer. To reduce the risk of cross infection which is of critical importance in hospitals, the slings are often disposable or patient specific.
One limitation of common slings is that they bend and compress the patient during transfer which can be difficult for patients with painful medical conditions. Most patients must also be "log rolled" onto the Sling prior to being hoisted which makes the transfer process a more complex activity. There are various types of these Slings available from companies in South Africa and includes products such as:
The Ergolet Universal Sling: The Universal Sling (pictured right) is a standard model with split leg straps, it is suitable for users with sufficient head control. The shape fits most users providing excellent support of the body, it has colour-coded loops to ensure a correct lift and a visible size indicator to make it easier for the carers to choose the correct sling. This feature guarantees comfort and safety for both the user and the carer. The benefits include:
- Usability: Lifts users with sufficient head control, but low tone/control of body and legs.
- Function: Supports full body except for head and neck.
- Lift to and from: Sitting/half-sitting to and from bed, wheelchair/bathing and shower chair.
- Spreader bar compatibility: 2-, 3- and 4-point spreader bar.
The Comfort Drive Medical Sling: has been designed to give extra support and comfort. It is a general purpose sling that can be used for toileting with an integral head support. (See image on the right.) The vast amount of variations ensures that you can find the perfect solution regardless of the user’s needs, preferences or circumstances. Each sling has colour coded loops so you can easily assess its application, and colour coded edges so you can easily determine its size. All slings have a maximum user capacity of 180kg/28st. The Comfort Sling Features include:
- A general purpose sling that can be used for toileting
- Designed to give extra support and comfort
- Features an integral head support
- Polyester material
- Weight Capacity 180kg (28st)
- Available in large only.
Ergolet Walking Sling: These walking slings can be used for gait training with the Ergolet’s Luna Ceiling Lift or Ergoletïs Ergo Trainer weight relief system. This sling (pictured right) has soft padding in the under arm section, and an overall design to provide the user with excellent support and comfort during gait training. It has a double safety clasp which locks the Walking Sling in position. It is a requirement that a qualified instructor or therapist is present during gait training with the Ergo Trainer.
The Features include:
- Usability: For gait training and general rehabilitation purposes for active users.
- Function: Walking sling for gait training/rehabilitation. Is designed to support the upper body and groin area when raising the user during gait training. The sling is secured by the two safety clips.
- Lift to and from: Sitting or lying position e.g. bed, wheelchair/bathing and shower chair. Gait training with a walking table.
- Compatibility: 2-point spreader bar, Luna ceiling lift, Ergo Trainer Weight Relief System.
You can also visit our "Standing & Walking Equipment" page to find out about what other types of this equipment is available, or visit our "Standing & Walking Rehabilitation" page to find out about the benefits of this type of Rehabilitation.
There are also various other types of Slings available in South Africa, which can be purchased from companies such as Prima Care, Sitwell Technologies, Sheer Mobility, Pro Mobility, Mobility Aids and Solutions Medical, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote. Most of these companies can also service and repair the products that they sell.
If you prefer to rent one of these Hoists and Slings, you can contact companies such as Pro Mobility, Prima Care, Solutions Medical and Mobility Aids, contact them to find out more, or visit our Equipment to Hire - Hoists Lifts & Transferring Aids to find out more about what equipment is available to rent.
SureHands Body Support
The SureHands® Body Support (pictured right) is ideal for patients who can't, or prefer not to use Slings. The SureHands® Body Support is made from stainless steel and is rust resistant, it does not have any components that absorb moisture so it can be wiped dry and is easy to clean and disinfect, which makes it perfect for use in bathing and swimming. A SureHands® Body Support is helpful for toileting independently because the fully unencumbered bottom and back region allows for easy access to clothing. The SureHands Body Support:
- lifts quickly and safely
- enables independent transfers from bed to bath / wheelchair / toilet, etc.
- leaves the back and seat entirely free
- as simple and versatile as a pair of hands
- comfortable sitting position
- hygienic and maintenance free
- an aid to floor exercises, bathing aid, a stander, walker and rehabilitation aid
The SureHands® Body Support is part of the Handimove hoist range which is rated among the best in the world, the high quality hoists are made for both Clinical and domestic use and include The Handimove Wall Lift, The Handimove 1641 Mobile Hoist and The Ceiling hoist with lateral motor drive.
These Hoists and the SureHands Body Support are available from various companies around South Africa including Solutions Medical, contact them to find out more about this product, or Contact Us if you need assistance.
There are various other types of hoists that are available in to purchase in South Africa these include the The Sit-To-Stand Lift or hoist, Wheeled Hoists, which are mobile, Wall Lifts, which are mounted to the wall, or Ceiling Lifts, which are suspended from the ceiling and are mounted or can run on overhead tracks. These hoists are available in different types from various companies, they include:
The Sit-To-Stand Lift
The Sit-To-Stand Lift is designed to help patients who have some mobility but who lack the strength or muscle control to rise unaided into a standing position from a bed, wheelchair, chair, or commode. Sit-To-Stand Lifts use straps, vests, or belts (as opposed to slings) to make the transition possible. There are various types of these Sit-To-Stand Lifts which are available to purchase from various companies in South Africa and includes products such as the:
Patient Lifter - Ami Sit-to-Stand Transfer Device: This product (pictured right) is a simple yet safe and highly functional assistive device facilitating a range of daily situations such as standing, dressing, toileting and positioning further back in a wheelchair or chair, both for the user and for the caregiver. It can also be used to facilitate assessment and exercise of weight-bearing capability. It is a cost-effective solution for the prevention of accidents such as trips and falls and for elimination of manual lifting, back strain and injuries, providing you with an easier and safer way to transfer persons with disabilities from sitting to standing and is an ideal product for all caregivers. The Ami Sit-to-Stand is a product that can benefit a wide range of users, from people with relatively minor conditions, such as impaired balance and reduced lower-limb strength, to chronic disabilities such as those requiring the use of a wheelchair. This Transform Platform and other similar hoists can deal with most challenges and are available to buy from companies such as Prima Care, Pro Mobility and Sitwell , click on the link to find out more about these and other similar types of equipment that are available in South Africa, or to receive a quote.
Some Wheeled Hoists which use Slings, also have a Sit-To-Stand function, they include products such as:
The Ardoo Caresafe 140 Hoist: is light, compact, portable, versatile and enhances and improves the quality of life for both the carer and those being cared for. The unique one piece design is easy to erect or fold in 30 seconds or less and no tools are needed. The hoist raises people from their front rather than overhead which enables a much smaller footprint, making it very portable and easy to manoeuvre and store in tight spaces. The clever design allows the hoist to be adapted for use as a stand aid.
The Ardoo Hoist Stand Aid Combo (pictured right) is a simple hook on plate with knee pad which converts the hoist to a stand aid for immediate use. It is ideal for users who have good and bad days, where they may use the stand aid in the mornings but may need the hoist in the evenings. It can be used in the home, hotel & in the car & can be easily taken on day trips & holidays, it can also be used both indoors and outdoors & in tight spaces, such as a bathroom. The Ardoo Caresafe 140 Hoist can lift a supine person from the floor and can be used to safely transfer a person into a car, wheelchair, Stairlift, or onto bedside, toilet etc.
It enhances and improves the quality of life of the wheelchair user and carer & can be used with most slings on the market. The Stand Aid offers amazing value for money in terms of it’s capabilities. If needed the combo can be used as a stand aid for one transfer and as a hoist the next. It reduces the risk of orthopedic injury from lifting patients & is easy to use and saves time for carers, as only one carer is required to complete a lift & it can lift up to 140 kg's. This Hoist is available to rent or buy from Pro Mobility but there are also various other types of similar Hoists which are available in South Africa, that can be purchased from companies such as Prima Care, Sitwell Technologies, Sheer Mobility and Simplify Wheelchair Seating.
Please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote, most of these companies can also service and repair the products that they sell, or visit our Vehicle Aids page, to see what other similar Hoists are available to assist you around the home as well as in your vehicle, or Contact Us if you require any further assistance. If you prefer to rent one of these types of Hoists and Slings, you can contact companies such as Pro Mobility, Prima Care, Solutions Medical and Mobility Aids, contact them to find out more, or visit our Equipment to Hire - Hoists Lifts & Transferring Aids to find out more about the equipment is available to rent.
A Wheeled Hoist is free-standing equipment that supports the person being moved in a sling or harness that is suspended from a cantilevered arm. The sling is placed around the person while he or she is seated or lying down. The person is then hoisted up and the hoist is wheeled to the new location, the person is then lowered down. One of the first things to consider is the amount of manoeuvring space a wheeled hoist needs. The wheeled base of the hoist must be wide enough to remain stable with the person in it. Consequently, wheeled hoists require a wide and unobstructed path of travel, this is usually at least 1,100 mm (43 1/2 in.) and possibly more if turns are required. Another design consideration is clear space under furniture and fixtures, to accommodate the frame of the hoist. If a wheeled hoist is to be used for transfers in and out of a bathtub, the bathtub should have legs or be raised from the floor so that the hoist frame will fit under the bathtub. There are various types of these Wheeled Hoists which are available in South Africa, they include products such as:
P350 Rhino Patient Lifter: (Pictured right) Has a durable carbon steel frame with high stress areas which have been reinforced. It has a heavy duty hydraulic cylinder, adjustable base and 3” double castors with parking locks. This hoist has a weight limit of 180Kg and is very easy to use, with a “wrap around patient” sling, the universal sling with headrest is included. These Hoists are available from various companies in South Africa including Mobility Aids, Pro Mobility and Sheer Mobility, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.
Ergolet Titan Bariatric self drive mobile lift: A bariatric transfer requires extreme vigilance and can cause potentially hazardous injury to care staff. The Ergolet Titan 375 can carry 375 Kg and gives the bariatric transfer a new dimension in catering to individual needs whilst blending into the working environment. The Titan 375 is a self-drive unit with simple joystick control of the movement thus ensuring optimal ergonomics for the carer. This Hoist offers Electrical leg spreading, Large easy to manouevre wheels, Electrical spreader bar options and a Large range of slings. It also includes an Integrated charger, Acoustic battery indication, Easy to use hand control with pictograms, Release mechanism for powered wheels in case of power failure Electrical and manual emergency lowering and Large reach for over bed and bath tub application. This product is available to purchase from Companies such as Sitwell Technologies and Pro Mobility, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.
There are also various other types of these types of Hoists which are available in South Africa, which can be purchased from companies such as Prima Care, Sitwell Technologies, Sheer Mobility, Pro Mobility, Mobility Aids and Solutions Medical. Please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote, most of these companies can also service and repair the products that they sell, or visit our Vehicle Aids page, to see what other similar Hoists are available to assist you around the home as well as in your vehicle.
If you prefer to rent one of these types of Hoists and Slings, you can contact companies such as Prima Care, Pro Mobility, Solutions Medical and Mobility Aids, contact them to find out more, or visit our Equipment to Hire - Hoists Lifts & Transferring Aids to find out more about what equipment is available to rent.
Wall Mounted Lifts
Wall Mounted Lifts are stationary hoists which are mounted to the wall, the base of the hoist is fixed and a support arm pivots to transfer the person sideways. These hoists generally use a sling or harness similar to that of a wheeled hoist, but the SureHands Body Support listed above can also be used. An important consideration for a stationary hoist is the structural strength of the wall it is attached to, the advice of a structural engineer is very important. Other considerations include the arc of the hoist swing (ensure it reaches the necessary elements) and making sure that clear space is available for the wheelchair during the transfer to and from the hoist. There are various types of these Wall Mounted Lifts which are available in South Africa, they include products such as:
The Handimove Wall Lift: Is a versatile solution for many situations, it is economical and easy to install or remove and re-use, making it mobile. It operates from the AC mains and has a built-in safety mechanism and a rotating range of 180°. It accommodates both the SureHands Body Support and conventional slings. These Hoists and the SureHands Body Support are available from various companies around South Africa including Solutions Medical, contact them to find out more about this product, or Contact Us if you need assistance.
The Smart Transfer Person Lift (Milford Lift): is designed to smoothly transfer users from a wheelchair directly into a standard car seat, meaning there’s no need to change your vehicle. The Smart Transfer Person Lift, which was previously called the Milford Person Lift, is strong, versatile and easy to detach when not in use, it can also be used with the Smartbase for use in the home, on holiday or even in the office, (pictured right). It is simple to install, assemble and operate, there is no extra lifting required and it can lift up to 150kgs. It can be used in and around the home and be used for the drivers’ seat, or for front and rear seat passengers. This lift is simple and easy to operate and is manufactured in the UK but is available to buy in South Africa. It has XS-XL slings sizes available which can be placed on the seat before users are seated or whilst they are in the wheelchair. After securely attaching the sling to the 4-point lifting attachment, simply press the up button and then guide the person into the car, etc. The sling can then be unclipped and the lift stowed away, ready for travel. Visit our Vehicle Aids pages to find out more about The Smart Transfer Person Lift (Milford Lift) when used in the vehicle.
You can get more out of The Smart Transfer Person Lift by using it in the home, at work or on holiday, simply by attaching it to the SmartBase unit (pictured right), which is a sturdy, portable mobility solution. It is highly adjustable, superbly manoeuvrable and supplied with a rechargeable battery unit. The portable Smart Transfer Person Lift SmartBase enables you to use the Autochair Smart Transfer Person Lift to transfer a person from one seated position to another, e.g. wheelchair to armchair, toilet, bed, commode, etc. at home, in the office or even in a hotel. The lift’s arm mechanism is designed to fit securely and easily into the SmartBase, which can also be folded down for easy storage and transportation.
The Wall Mount Smart Transfer Person Lift (pictured right) can be wall mounted in a fixed position almost anywhere in the home or the office where The Smart Transfer Person Lift is required for an upright wheelchair to seat transfer. The Wall Mount for The Smart Transfer Person Lift can work on most wall surfaces, including stud walls, brick walls and even on partition walls, as long as the wall has sufficient material to support the weight of the person being transferred. In some rare situations, the use of additional material(s) can be used to help strengthen the wall and spread the load. The Smart Transfer Person Lift is typically used in bathrooms to aid lifting a person with a disability from their wheelchair either into a bathtub or onto a toilet seat, shower seat or vanity seat.
There are also various other types of Hoists which are available in South Africa, that can be purchased from companies such as Sitwell Technologies, Solutions Medical and Pro Mobility, please contact them to find out more about these products or to receive a quote. Most of these companies can also service & repair the products that they sell. If you prefer to rent one of these Hoists and Slings, you can contact companies such as Prima Care, Pro Mobility, Solutions Medical and Mobility Aids, contact them to find out more, or visit our Equipment to Hire - Hoists Lifts & Transferring Aids to find out more about what equipment is available to rent.
A"Ceiling Lift" can be permanently installed on the ceiling of a room in order to save space. A Wheeled Hoist has a wheeled base that requires additional space on the side of the patient's bed during transfer. The Ceiling Lift eliminates this space issue because the patient is supported by ceiling tracks instead of by the wheeled base. It can support "A Sling Lift" and "SureHands® Body Support" There are a variety of products available and each differ slightly.
Ceiling Lifts usually have a "track system" attached to the ceiling for horizontal movement of the patient within the patient's room & often into an adjoining bathroom. Ceiling Lifts also use an overhead electric motor (i.e., they are not hydraulic) They are controlled by a hand-held set of push buttons to raise & lower the patient. In most cases, the same overhead motor is used to move the patient horizontally, but such movement is limited by the placement of the overhead ceiling track system.
There are many important benefits of this including:
- reducing if not eliminating injuries to the caregiver.
- Makes it easy to reposition the patient & move them from bed to chair with reduced incidence of pressure ulcers and pneumonia.
- There is less need for pain medication during such transfers, safer transfers & overall faster recovery.
There are various types of these Ceiling Lifts that are available from various companies in South Africa and includes products such as:
Ergolet Luna Ceiling Lift / Overhead Hoist: The Luna (pictured right) is an overhead patient hoist, which is flexible and has an elegant shape, it is a fixed and portable overhead lifter in one unit, providing unmatched versatility. You can combine Luna with an Ergolet track option for an effective, versatile system. The Ergolet patented hooks on the spreader bar ensure a safe, simple sling attachment while the ergonomic hand control enables a safe and easy transfer. The Luna system is a fixed and portable ceiling hoist in one, simply move the lift motor from one room to another and change tracks. This unique two-in-one feature makes the Luna the preferred ceiling hoist for care facilities providing flexibility. This flexibility is a cost-effective advantage for the institution, one motor can be used in multiple rooms. You can combine Luna with Ergolet’s extensive programme of ceiling and wall mounted tracks, to ensure complete coverage of the rooms, so that the hoist is up and out of the way thereby not taking any room in the house. Patients can be transferred from room to room while in the sling and without having to alter the doorway structure.
Other features include Ergolet’s patented spreader bar and sling hook system ensuring safe and simple sling attachment. The comfortable ergonomic hand control, with its clear function buttons, is designed to help make patient transfer a safe and simple task for the carer. This product is available to purchase from Companies such as Sitwell Technologies and Mobility Aids, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.
Handimove Ceiling Hoist With Lateral Motor Drive: Can be used everywhere, if you have a limited range of motion with adequate muscle tone, it may be possible for you to self-transfer with either the 2800 L or 2800 LRC track system. The Handimove Ceiling Hoist With Lateral Motor Drive (pictured right) allows you to go from your bed to wheel- chair, toilet or bath in silence with a soft stop and start motion. The motor, which operates on rechargeable batteries, has a lifting capacity of up to 200 kg. The LRC wireless infrared remote model gives you the ultimate control to send the motor away when not needed and summon it back when you are ready to go.
Other benefits include:
- Light and compact (7 kg)
- Economical: the same motor can be used with different rail sections
- Attractive, does not have to remain hanging, easy to move
- Easy to hook in place or unhook from floor level
- Can be used with a body support or slings
- Option: transport trolley for portable motor
- Tarzan: a modified version for lifting between two adjoining rooms (e.g. bedroom and bathroom) with a conventional door opening. The door opening does not have to be modified.
These Ceiling Hoists are available to purchase from various companies around South Africa including Solutions Medical, contact them to find out more about this product, or Contact Us if you need assistance.
There are also various other types of Hoists which are available to purchase in South Africa, including Bath Lifts and Vehicle Lifts, please click on these links to find out more about these types of Lifts which can be purchased from companies such as Prima Care, Sitwell Technologies, Sheer Mobility, Pro Mobility, Ability Assist, Mobility Aids and Solutions Medical, who can also service & repair the products that they sell.
Riser Recliner Chairs
Riser Recliner Chairs are Electrically operated lounge chairs that offer real benefits to those who need help when rising from a chair, they are available in different types of electrically operated recliners and are important Assistance Devices if:
- You suffer from any ailments that affect your comfort when getting in, sitting in or rising out of a chair.
- You need to be able to sleep in your chair occasionally.
- You want to be able to control the chair backrest and footrest independently.
Whether you choose a single or dual motor action, the mechanism operates quietly and efficiently to help you to your feet with ease. The correct support is important, so many designs feature lumbar supports in the backrest, while the top quality fabrics and padding make sure you sit or relax in style and comfort. With just a push of a button on the handset, the chair reclines into a relaxing position. When you are ready to stand, the chair will lift and tilt to help you to your feet with no physical effort required.
There are a wide variety of different types of these Riser Recliners which are available to purchase throughout South Africa and are sold by various companies, they include products such as:
Rise Recliner - Restwell - Santana - Dual Motor: The Santana Riser Recliner features attractive wooden insert detailing and is available in both a classic Oatmeal fabric and contemporary Chocolate coloured leather. The Santana Rise and Recliner Armchair (pictured right) is a modern and attractive available in either leather or fabric upholstery with attractive dark wood detailing. The quiet motor enables a smooth and discreet operation providing a distinct lift, rest and recline action. The simple 2 button handset is simple to operate and features a stitched handset holder to prevent loss or damage to the controller and two convenient side pockets for easy storage. Protective headrest and armrest covers are easily removable, making it easy to clean. Available in leather or fabric. This well crafted chair not only looks good but is also very comfortable. The Riser Recliner chair boasts a fully padded chaise and ergonomically contoured seat and back. The Santana Riser Recliner chair incorporates a battery backup system that enables the seat to be raised or lowered in the event of a power failure, or the plug being accidentally pulled out. There is also an anti-trap sensor to prevent anything getting caught in the chair’s mechanism. These Rise Recliners are available from companies around South Africa including Prima Care, Sitwell and Pro Mobility, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.
Invacare Porto LiftOut Chair: Comfort is essential, which is why the Porto chair offers several seating positions from upright to reclined. The Porto chair is available with a manual version or with one motor, they provide a high level of comfort thanks to the continuing of contours between the leg rest, the seat and the lumbar support which maximizes good positioning. These Rise Recliners are available from companies around South Africa including Pro Mobility, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.
These Rise Recliners, as well as a variety of others are available to purchase from various companies such as Prima Care, Pro Mobility and Sitwell, contact them to find out what other types of Rise Recliners they sell, or Contact Us for assistance.
Transfer Boards, Turntables & Belts
There are a wide variety of different types of smaller transferring equipment that is available to purchase from various companies in South Africa, which are used for short transfers by persons who only need some assistance and do not require as much assistance as that provided by equipment such as hoists. These smaller Transfer Aids include products such as Transfer Boards, Transfer Turntables & Transfer Belts, they are generally cheaper than equipment such as Hoists, but are very useful, as they not only assist persons with transferring in the beginning when the person is still learning to transfer or building up strength, but also helps prevent injuries to the Care Giver and persons with Mobility Impairments doing the transferring later in life. These products vary in price & design, with each offering different benefits and features.
Transfer Boards are used by persons with Mobility Impairments, who use a wheelchair and need to manually transfer to and from their Wheelchair, or to an automobile, bath or bed. A Transfer Board can make all the difference in the world and can be made from various different materials. Some Transfer Boards are plastic & are inexpensive, & lightweight, while others can also easily be made from Masonite board, which is a type of hardboard made of steam-cooked and pressure-molded wood fibers, it is flexible, cheap & works well.
Some Transfer Boards have legs that can adjust to your height & fold up for easy storage or transport, they can make the job even easier & can be easily configured to either right-hand or left-hand setups. For extra strength and weight capacity of up to 600 pounds, they are a great choice. Transfer Boards are excellent while learning to transfer and are also being used a lot more to prevent overuse syndrome in the shoulders. This enables the individual to slide across the board instead of having to lift their full body weight. When being assisted with transfers, it also means that the helper does not need to lift the full body weight of the individual being transferred. Transfer Boards are available from most wheelchair companies listed on this site and include products such as the:
Kidney Shaped Transfer Board: (pictured right) is made for seated transfer between two surfaces, such as between a bed and wheelchair, or from wheelchair into a car. It allows stable transfer without needing to make large movements, and requiring less upper body strength for movement. The curve in the kidney shaped board allows the board to wrap around the wheel on the wheelchair, making it easier to secure. These Wooden Transfer Boards, as well as a variety of others are available to purchase from Companies such as Ability Assist and Pro Mobility, you can contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.
Straight Wooden Transfer Boards: This transfer board is made for seated transfer between two surfaces, such as between a bed and wheelchair, or from wheelchair into a car. It allows stable transfer without needing to make large movements, and requiring less upper body strength for movement. These Wooden Transfer Boards, as well as a variety of others are available to purchase from Companies such as Pro Mobility, Solutions Medical and Ability Assist, you can contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.
Transfer Belts, Turntables, Turning Cushions, Swivel Cushions, etc.
There are a variety of different types of Transfer Turntables, Turning Cushions, Swivel Cushions and other similar Transfer Aids which are available to purchase in South Africa from various companies such as Sitwell Technologies, Mobility Aids, Pro Mobility and Ability Assist, which are ideal to assist with short distance transferring, when the patient has some strength in their upper body and some use of their legs. Each of these products offer different benefits and features, these products include:
Transfer Belts: are designed to help lift persons from a bed, chair, wheelchair, or for short distance transfers. The adjustable belt is fitted around the persons waist enabling the helper to grab onto the webbed grips. This product (pictured right) is 720 x 140mm in Size and has a Strap length of 705mm. The maximum load weight is 95kg. This product is available to purchase from Companies such as Ability Assist, Pro Mobility and Mobility Aids, you can contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.
Pressure Relief Turning Cushion: Is a Donut-shaped cushion which allows 360 degree rotation while reducing pressure when sitting. This Donut Shaped cushion (pictured right) fits the hip to reduce pressure when sitting. It distributes weight evenly and helps to maintain the correct posture when sitting. It includes a washable cover and a non-slip sheet. They have maximum Weight Capacity of 115kgs and a diameter of 420mm and an Indentation Diameter of 135mm with a Height of 100mm and a Weight of 1.8kgs. This product is available to purchase from Companies such as Ability Assist and Pro Mobility, you can contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.
Transfer Turntables: can be an invaluable aid for a carer or relative, they provide a smooth, easy and constant rotation when transferring a user to and from a bed, chair, commode or car. Transfer Turntables are Strong, lightweight and portable.
They are ideal for functional standing and seated transfers and reduces the need for awkward lifting and risk of injury for carers. They give a full 360-degree rotation, are gripped and have an anti-slip upper surface for safety. The Turntable diameter is 405mm (16″) and have a weight of 1kg (2.2 lbs). The maximum user weight is 120kg (19st).
This product is available to purchase from Companies such as Sitwell Technologies, Pro Mobility and Ability Assist, you can contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.
Swivel Cushion Fleece: Helps turning when getting in or out of the car, wheelchair or bed, it has a washable soft fleece cover.
This Cushion swivels 360 degrees for smooth and easy turning in any direction. It is ideal for getting in and out of a car or chair and helps ease hip and back strain. This product is available to purchase from Companies such as Ability Assist and Pro Mobility, you can contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.
There are also various other similar transferring equipment which are used to assist you to get in and out of a vehicle, such as the Swivel Seat For Car Seat, click on the link to find out more about this or visit our Vehicle Aids page to find out what other transferring equipment is available in South Africa, which can assist you to transfer in and out of a vehicle.
There are also a variety of different types of smaller Transfer Aids that can assist you to Sit Up In Bed or Transfer Out of The Bed, as well as Turning in Bed. These Transfer Aids such as Rope Ladders and Leg Lifters are ideal to assist with short distance transferring, when the patient has some strength in their upper body, while Draw Sheets not only assist with Carers to transfer the patient and turn the patient to assist with pressure relief. Each of these types of products are available in South Africa and offer different benefits and features.
Draw Sheets and Glide/Slide Sheets
A Draw Sheets and Glide/Slide Sheets are those sheets that are placed crosswise over the middle of the mattress to cover the area between the person's upper back and thighs, often used by medical professionals to move patients. They can be made of plastic, rubber, or cotton and some are about half the size of a regular sheet. When a Draw Sheet is used to move patients, it is sometimes known as a Lift Sheet, some nursing manuals recommend that, when a plastic or rubber draw sheet is used, a cotton draw sheet is placed over it.
A basic Draw Sheet can be made from a normal bed sheet, by folding the sheet in half, but these may not be suitable for everyone, various other types of Draw Sheets, Glide or Slide Sheets are available to purchase in South Africa, with some of them including handles or straps and others made specifically for easy sliding. They include products such as:
This Easi-Mover 3 Glide Sheet: is 1450mm x 710mm (57" x 28") in size and is doubled over with the ends sewn together to make a tube, ensuring a really smooth glide between the two surfaces. These Glide Sheets (pictured below right) reduce the skin friction on the user, increasing comfort and aiding dignity, whilst at the same time reducing the strain on the carer. These glide sheets are made from yellow fabric with different colour coded reinforcement webbing to make identification of the different size sheets easy. They are machine washable at up to 65 degrees centigrade. The Easi-Mover range of high quality glide sheets, offer the flexibility required to meet all the needs of users and carers alike. All made from lightweight fabric, Easi-Mover glide sheets have ultra low friction surfaces allowing easy movement of the patient. These Glide Sheets are available to purchase from Companies such as Pro Mobility, you can contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.
Rope Ladders and Leg Lifters
Transfer Aids such as Rope Ladders and Leg Lifters are ideal to assist with short distance transferring, when the patient has some strength in their upper body. There are various types of these products which are available to purchase in South Africa, they include products such as:
The Leg Lifter: Extends reach to assist in lifting a leg on or off a wheelchair or bed. It has a wire spine to assist with accuracy in getting the loops over the foot. It has a length of 1040 mm and a weight of 87g. This product is available to purchase from Companies such as Ability Assist and Pro Mobility, you can contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.
Bed Rope Ladder: The ends of the cord tie around the feet of the bed and the ladder is used to pull yourself up to a sitting position. They are suitable for single or double beds and have a bar diameter of 28mm, a bar length of 200mm and a weight of 286g. This product is available to purchase from Companies such as Ability Assist, Pro Mobility and Mobility Aids, you can contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.
There are also various other similar types of transferring equipment available in South Africa, which are used to assist you to Get In and Out of Bed, Sit Up or to Turn from Side to Side, click on the link "Bed Rails, Rope Ladders, Backrests, Etc" to find out more about this, or Contact Us if you have any questions.