Emergency lifting chairs help falls teams and care homes get patients back on their feet safely and with dignity
Helping patients get back on their feet quickly and safely, Yorkshire Care Equipment has supplied Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) with over 50 Raizer emergency lifting chairs that are now being used by first responders, falls teams and care homes in the Sheffield area.
YAS and NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have started a project in the city that aims to get people who have fallen back on their feet as soon as possible. The Raizer chairs are part of this joint project which provides staff with appropriate lifting equipment and focuses on residents having an improved experience.
Yorkshire Ambulance Service responds to nearly 800,000 emergencies every year with around one in 10 of these related to people who have fallen. Many of these calls come from care homes where staff are either physically unable to lift the person back to their feet or are unable to do so because of lack of training and access to appropriate equipment.
Karen Owens, Director of Urgent Care and Integration at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said: “Feedback from the care home staff and residents in the project described the Raizer chair as something which will help staff move people safely and with dignity and will give staff the confidence to assess injury prior to making the decision to moving someone.
“We very much appreciate the collaborative working and funding provided by the CCG on this project.”
The Raizer is unique from other falls lifting products because it only takes one carer to operate it. In turn, this saves money and time for care staff.
Steve Ellis, Yorkshire Care’s Raizer specialist, commented: “When we worked with YAS last year, we knew that the Raizer could make a real difference to the level of care they were providing.
“Even when I’ve carried out training with their staff, you can see how much more confident the staff feel when they know they have a device that will genuinely improve the quality of care they provide.”
To see the Raizer emergency lifting chair in action, watch the video below: