"After a recent patient arrived at RAA's HQ and left a sizable donation because of the way we lifted and expertly handled the individual using the Mangar ELK, we knew we had proven the concept of the device. And it is quite simply the right thing to do to ensure our medics go home in one piece, uninjured. "
Rob Lawrence COO of Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA), Richmond VA,
"The lifting cushions are ideal when we need to assist a citizen who has fallen in a confined space, whether at home or in a public space. We have a large elderly population in our district and falls are common.
They are also great for lifting heavier, obese patients. Increasingly patients are weighing in over 300lbs and the cushions help us move the citizen safely, particularly in situations where we can’t get other equipment into a room. This means we can ensure there are no delays to patient care and our staff are protected from injury."
Captain Melissa Medici of Southfield Fire Department,
"Ward Byrne called in this morning to demonstrate the 'Camel'. He gave a brilliant demonstration and we were so impressed with the Camel that we ordered one straight away, particularly as my 91 year old mother fell in the early hours of this morning and it would have saved hours of her on her bottom on the floor.
We were so impressed with the rigidness of the 'seat' and its stability too. Also it is up and running and doing its job in a very short time too. I look forward to receiving the Camel as soon as it is possible.
"We received a complaint from a member of the public that an elderly relative had fallen in the hospital during visiting time. They had asked staff for help to get up and been lifted using a hoist.
This had caused the elderly visitor some distress. They felt a hoist was undignified and shouldn’t be used on ‘non-patients’.
I had come across the Mangar Camel before and recognised that for uninjured people who have fallen, an inflatable lifting cushion provides a comfortable, dignified lift while still protecting staff from injury.
I recommended the introduction of Camels into our hospitals. We now keep the lifting cushions stored centrally and easily accessible on medical wards."
Kevin, Good Hope Hospital
"Using the Mangar lifting cushions means our residents can be raised to their feet with minimal fuss. They are comfortable, dignified and don’t feel as though they are causing a scene and upsetting fellow residents. This means anxiety levels are kept to a minimum, which is vital for anyone with dementia."
Delroy Bonnitto, Perry Tree Centre
"More often than not, if we call an ambulance they will take the resident to hospital to be checked out, which means they may spend many hours waiting in A&E.
The Camel lifting cushion has given us the option of performing the lift ourselves, with minimal fuss and in no time at all a resident can safely return to their apartment or bedroom."
Cathy Goldsmith, Richmond Retirement Village
"As I lost the ability to move my legs myself, getting into bed became a task we struggled with each evening. The Leglifter not only does the job but also means I am happy in the knowledge that my carers are not going to be injured while helping me."
"Our telecare service is a great way of supporting vulnerable people to live well in their own home. When someone falls we respond quickly and as long as they are uninjured, use the ELK lifting cushion to raise them off the floor.
We rely on the ELK lifting cushion for every lift we do, even when the fall has happened in a confined space such as a bathroom or kitchen."
"Our team use a Mangar Lifting Cushion to raise the fallen person from the floor. The cushions provide a safe lift for the resident but also help prevent musculoskeletal injury to our staff. Because of the amount of falls we attend, the lifting cushions are used every day and have been for nearly 10 years. They are a reliable piece of equipment that we wouldn’t be without."
Heather Rimmer, Norfolk Swift Response
"In my opinion, using an ELK is a far more dignified way to bring a fallen resident to an upright position. It would be my choice for client’s with any cognitive impairment and those were being manually handled is a trigger to behaviour."
Geniene Thorgersen, Physiotherapist and Worplace Trainer