George Hulbert with the Raizer II image

Healthcare aids specialist Yorkshire Care Equipment is now supplying the Raizer II – an innovative lifting device for someone who has fallen – to care homes, hospitals, emergency services, and private residences across Scotland and North England.

Since 2016, the company has supplied the original Raizer emergency lifting chair across the north. Now, Yorkshire Care Equipment can offer the updated Raizer II in healthcare environments and private residencies, which supports both the user and carer after a fall.

According to Age UK, falls are the largest cause of emergency hospital admissions in older people and one in three people aged 65+ fall at least once a year. Yorkshire Care Equipment believes that improvements to fall devices are essential for protecting older people and reducing the cost of falls on the healthcare service.

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The new improvements to the Raizer II are based on feedback from thousands of healthcare professionals around the world who have tried and tested the Raizer first-hand.

Steve Ellis, Yorkshire Care Equipment’s Raizer Specialist, said: “We sold hundreds of Raizer lifting devices last year, it’s an incredibly popular piece of kit. Anyone that’s tried it is impressed by how quickly and easily you can get someone back on their feet after a fall.

“But, like with any product that offers a completely new solution to a problem, eventually, you start to spot ways it could be made even better. We work closely with our Raizer customers – asking for feedback and checking in on how they get on with the chair over time – and a couple of suggestions kept coming up. Users wanted to be able to adjust the seatbelt and they didn’t want to have to colour-match parts for assembly.

“We were able to pass this feedback on to the manufacturers, and other dealerships did the same. It’s this open conversation between us, users and the manufacturer that has led to the Raizer II. I think it’s better than ever!”

Like the original, the Raizer II only needs one person to operate it. The new features and enhancements are designed to improve the ease of use, speed, and safety for single-handed care.

Colour-coded back rest and leg pieces have been replaced with universal parts that fit onto either side of the seat unit. Sound indicators were also added so the operator can instantly tell when the device is correctly assembled.

In addition, the seatbelt is no longer attached to the seat unit; it can be positioned at any point along the backrest to give the user support where they need it. For extra torso stability, there is now the option to add up to three seatbelts.

After use, the seatbelt can be fully removed for washing. This is ideal for hospital wards where infection control is a top priority. All parts of the Raizer II offer IP52 ingress protection.

You can read more about the Raizer II and more assistive technology innovations in the latest issue of AT Today online here

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