Case Study: How A Complaint Led To A Better Lifting Solution
Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield is part of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust. Also under the Trust’s umbrella are Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Solihull Hospital and Community Services, and Birmingham Chest Clinic. In addition, there are a number of smaller satellite units which enable people to be [...]
The Camel is an emergency lifting cushion designed to provide a safe, dignified lift and is recognised as a unique manual handling aid that reduces the risk of injury to carers.
Used in a range of settings, the Camel is commonly found in hospitals, care homes and is used daily by the ambulance service. Its ease of use means it is also ideal for families who care for a loved one who has the propensity to fall but wants to remain living independently at home.
Benefits of the Camel
The Camel has been designed to lift a person from the floor with the help of one person while reducing the risk of injury to both the carer and the person who has fallen. The inbuilt backrest gives a re-assuring chair-like quality and offers a fully supportive lift for a person weighing up to 320 kg (50 stone).
Who can use it?
The Camel lifting cushion is ideal for a local authority setting and is suitable for those not professionally medically trained in the role of carer, such as a family member supporting a loved one with a health condition that affects their likelihood of falling.
People with neurological disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke, Alzheimer’s and dementia and Huntington's disease
Individuals with physical disabilities such as limited mobility or amputees
Anyone with complex needs – the Camel is ideal for lifting anyone who may move around during a lift.
The elderly – 30% of adults over 65 will fall at least once a year. This rises to 50% in the over 80s.
Plus Size or bariatric patients who face daily mobility challenges and will often find it difficult to get back on their feet when they fall – even though they are uninjured.
With an inbuilt backrest, the Camel offers a fully supportive lift for a person up to 320kg (or 50 stone) with minimal moving and manual handling requirements.
Lightweight (weighing only 6.5kgs/ 14 lbs) and can be used inside or outside in situations where many alternative lifting devices may not be suitable.
The Camel lifting chair will both sit up and lift a fallen person. With an inbuilt backrest and internal ring construction, the Camel offers a fully supportive lift that can be carried out entirely independently by the faller.
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