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By Julian H. Stacey
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An Air bed[s multiple stacked], Electricaly Inflatable (Single Width Not Double)

  • First let patient roll and or crawl on to air bed, then turn on electric inflator.
  • The higher & harder it inflates the better
  • Buy a high one, or use two or three ?
  • Buy best quality non slip, with electric pump. The pumps aren't designed to pump the bed up with a human laying on it, so it will be harder work, & pump may burn out. Particularly with a heavy adult.
  • Periodically turn off the pump to let it cool down. That's another advantage of 2 pump up beds, stacked, hopefully both pumps wont burn out during the same rescue session.
  • For more height, an inflatable air bed can be bound triple layer with canvas belts (though that may obstruct air flow pumping up, so take it slow, allowing air pump some Off time to cool down.). See picture JJLATER of jhs@ demo, half lieing/ sitting on a belted up air bed after inflation (Notes the experimental demo was not ideal: With a double air bed as the only one to hand, a single would be better. + The demo. picture was also taken in a door way, as only floor space available during a home removal).
    Intex Air Mattress is a lot higher than ours.
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Air bed Options eg Extras for patient to lean & steady on while standing up, etc.

  • Mega high rescue air bed = More Air Beds ! HoverJack Air Patient Lift
    Seems to have 4 layers that can be inflated seperately.
  • I guess one could just as simply lay three or four mattresses on top of each other, pump the whole lot up, probably one at at a time, bottom first to retain stiffness of support & lack of wobble.
    If one at the top is really high from ground, perhaps leave the top one less hard, to allow patient to swing her legs over the soft edge, down to floor, & slide legs down to stand up ! Rather than struggling to heave whole self Up !
    But more likely top layer should be thinest & hardest inflated, to give something like a vague edge to lean on.
    More & thinner mattresses will give a stiffer less roly support, to save patient falling off the edge, & a firmer edge to lean on while standing up.
  • 'U' Shaped Board with hand grips
    • A large flat ply-wood board that lays horizontal on top of air bed, around the seated patient something to lean against while rising from seated to standing
    • The board has a 'U' shape cut out that fits round posterior & thighs of aptient sitting on edge of air bed.
    • Fallen person rolls on to stack of air mattress
    • Each air mattress starting from bottom is inflated till hard
    • Fallen person first drops legs over edge of air mattress
    • Rescuer places one half of the board on air bed for patient to lean on.
    • Fallen person pushes own torso up from lieing to sitting position, leaning on board
    • Rescuer places other half of board other side of seated patient
    • Rescuer pulls the halves of board adjacent, & optionaly attaches board halves together for more stability.
    • The 'U' shape cut out fits around the seated patient's posterior & legs who is now seated on edge of air mattress.
    • Optional: 2 Grab Bars could be screwed on the ply-board at the ends of the 'U' , perhaps easier for patient to lean, on than just the board edge on edge of the air bed ?. (To attach: use short metal thread nuts & bolts, not wood screws.)
    • The 'U' shaped board could be cut out (with a jig saw). Then the curve is sanded with a triangular power sander
  • Empty Beer Crates to lean on adjacent an air bed could help.
  • Or a U shaped structure made of wood or metal, where the base of the 'U' is vertical at the edge of the bed, & one long part of the 'U' is slid below under the air bed, & the other long part of 'U' is over the bed for patient to lean on.
  • See picture JJLATER
    I have such U shapes ready to try: Wide white steel (2 from foot stool & 2 from main frame of an arm chair (The 'U' of main frame slopes down a bit at back of chair, but could be opened out using a car jack I have)
  • To give stability to arm rests:
    • Either the half under the air bed could be a wide slim plank
    • Or a horizontal strut at floor level, parallel to side of air bed, could join the base of the 2 x 'U' shapes.
  • Empty beer crates (type: standard German plastic frame, taking 5 x 4 = 20 glass half litre bottles) optionaly tipped on side, would make forearm/ hand rests as it inflates.
  • Inverted multiple crates stack for more height.
  • Thin ply-wood boards, cable tied to inverted crate ex-bases, would make flat the ex bases, now tops.
  • Grab Bars could be screwed on the ply-board

Inflatable Emergency Lifting Cushions: Mangar: Camel, Eagle & Elk

"Universal Complementary Car Mattress SUV Mattress Support, Inflatable"


    Base Support Stool for SUV Air Mattress Car Camping" 25 $ each. stack 2 for $ 50. use with an air pump/ compressor see below. place both under patient's posterior, blow up one, take time till patient's sorted & stable, legs down, back up pref. against a wall or chair, for stability: place a chair to hold one side, or a beer crate to lean hand on. blow up 2nd box & patient progressively less stable but more standing We might put air extension pipes to the boxes to make it easier to connect. We might put a 'Y' adapter to join the 2 pipes to the air pump. & maybe valves on the pipes, I think I have all those in stock (somewhere pending move completion) or simply buy more.
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Inflatable Round Cylinders For Lifting Vehicles

Two vendors

Inflatable: Other

  • Video: Personal Cushion Lift
    Round inflatable cushion USA $ 500 from
    I guess as this is 2 air chamber, it will have more roll, less stability than a 4 layer air chambers such as mangar
  • One can get inflatable armchairs, but I suspect hard to align to the patient, & even when inflated, still hard to pull patient up out of chair. Most or all seem too low.
    Maybe place an inflatable armchair on top of an inflatable air bed, to get the height, but harder to get the alignement right when rolling on to it, I think easier to use multiple same size air beds
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Air Compressor Pumps (Electric)

  • P has an air compressor in black jump start kit.
  • J has an identical black jump start kit.
  • J also has a larger compressor plugs into a 240V to 12V car adapter
  • J has a spare adapter too
  • J has have a smaller compressor, plugs into a 240V to 12V car adapter
  • J bought that in Poundland at TW Five Ways , Price at 2024-02-26 is GBP 6 , a bit slower but saves space in car boot. I'd recommend larger for home use, faster, J bought one in a car DIY parts shop. J has a box of spare pumps for when installed ones break. Pumps do occasionally. (The spare pumps are from from dismantled jump start kits that were bought from Maplin for their batteries, only to discover the batteries were cheap chinese fraudulent, with not near enough weight ie lead electrodes, to be anywhere near the claimed capacity of proper 12 V, 17 Ah batteries
  • Halfords have one for GBP 20 at 2024-02-26
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Mechanical Structural Devices

Indee (A trolley with a seat raising from floor)

  • rehabmart . com / product / indeelift - 45857 . html
    USD $ 1,895
  • USD $ 1900
  • needs remote controller hung from a loop of string from handlebar, so one could also slide over floor to device then use it alone
  • www . indiegogo . com / projects / the - first - patent - pending - human - floor - lifts #/
  • delivery to UK price soared. Typical US they do everything financial in a cackhanded fashion, so they ship to a mythical US address set up by the delivery service that they work with, who can process international payments. First they price then in GBP at almost the same figure as dollars, then they add shipment, then tax and it comes out to about GBP 2,650. I do not know if we could then reclaim the tax.
  • Gives patient metal arm grips to hold while lifting. But the rescuer would have to drag patient's posterior on to to platform & align patient's back/ spine leaning against the vertical steel. One could attach a board to the vertical to make it a lot wider, or maybe a competitor already sells something like that.
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Other Trolleys

  • A steel frame lifter
    "MAIDeSITe AX05 Heavy Duty Floor Lift, Lift Elderly from Floor, Lift Assist Devices, Weight Limit 440 LBS, Can be Raised to 22.24", Get Up from Floor"
    "MAIDeSITe AX05 Heavy Duty Floor Lift, Lift Elderly from Floor" Worth looking at
  • A steel frame lifter, trolley with a lifting base
    Supports self rescue, but you'd have to crawl to it, sit on it straight, not wobble off, operate buttons & not fall off as it rose Better to call a helper. Don't know cost.
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Cranes on U Shape with 4 Wheels, (like a car engine hoist

  • Lots of cranes exist from many vendors
  • In Aachen we hired one, to avoid buying one then having to sell it when user moved into a care home.
  • 2nd hand is a lot cheaper, I've seen them for 220 EUR on So try eg
  • Some un-bolt to become much smaller, but that's for transport, one wouldn't want to have to bolt together before a rescue, & they are big to leave built in a small house.
  • Even if some crane might not lift all the way up/ down to the floor, one could have patient roll on to the the canvas, put extension ropes through the tags stitched to the canvas body holder, jack the patient up half way, put something under patient to lie on, slightly jack down, remove extension rope loops, lower crane, re-attach loops to canvas sheet, jack up patient further upward, to then place chair under patient & lower on to a chair.
  • www . guldmann . com / us / products / mobile - lifters / standing - aids / gls5 - 1 - active - lifter
  • www . amazon . com / ProBasics - Patient - Lift - Hydraulic - Heavy / dp / B07SK4KHTP
  • often they dis-assemble to save space.
  • Conventional crane lifters eg
    As also do loads of other firms, but those lifters are Big & designed for eg bed to chair, or bed to bath etc, A's had one like these, posher version like a car engine hoist I hired in Canterbury around 1982 or so, a 'U' shape on floor with 4 wheels, a vertical & tilting arm.
    General Questions on all those 4 wheel lifters:
    Do they dismantle, some do, some don't,
    if house is big, one could just push it out the way. But when needed would it roll from where parked through doors & around corners, eg out of bedroom into kitchen.
    Avoid patients falling in small rooms just with a toilet & no manouvering room; Tell patients to never use them, use bigger bathrooms with more space for rescue equipment. Another crane lifter: load up to 135 Kilo
    570 Euro
    Electric, folds up.
    Summary: Roll patient on to canvas, jack patient up, lower patient on to a chair
    German site so just look at pics.
  • amazon . com / dp / B0C61DYTF9 / "ELENKER Electric Patient Lift, Electric Patient Lift for Home use or car Travel, Battery Powered with Low Base, 400lb Weight Capacity with Medium U-Sling." "Currently unavailable." However it did say can pick up from floor, so presumably other cranes can too.
  • Various Straps
  • Small limitation of cranes: the patient sits slumped semi recumbent in a sack or surrounded by straps, & can't directly stand up from that. Solution: lower them on to a normal chair, preferably one with arms & not castors, or wheelchair, or if crane fits through door frames, & if not too much friction from thick carpet, push them to and lower them on a disabled armchair that has an electric riser to help them stand.
    With thick carpet, choose a crane with wide large diameter wheels !
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  • Even a big pile of slim old encyclopedias or magazines, flat on ground could make a heap one might roll from buttock to other, gradually gaining height, but if trying a self rescue unaided, no good if the patient is weak or weak wrist[s] etc eg maybe broken in some previous accident.
  • Ask Ambulance service people what they use & know of.
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Not Useful For Us: Small Cushion Raiser, For use on a chair, not for rescue

To help in getting up from standard chairs, e.g. in care homes but could be restaurants or anywhere.
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Bath / Swimming Pool Lowerer

The picture tells it all
not much use for us I think
Subaqua Trautwein Elli 1000 Patientenlift

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Fork Lift


DIY Hoist: Tripod Scaffold

  • Make a tripod out of 3 scaffold poles
  • drill horizontal holes through 3 tops (or use scaffold double length connectors, & leave upper bolt holes unused
  • Thread a strong loop rope through all 3. Look in a mountaineering shop (I have a 50 metre rope)
  • Drill 3 holes bottom end, with removable 3 ropes with clips to hold base of legs in a triangle
  • Drill at least 1 or 2 scaffolds to bolt on a hook to tie off loose end of rope that goes to winch.
  • From apex, hang a winch, electrical aided or mechanical, with rope lock facility.
  • The 3 scaffold poles should be nearly as long as height of ceiling, cos on oblique they will be shorter, & we want max height, to allow for winch length, & to allow max width for patient lower down.
  • Get patient to roll on to canvas chair (as used by disabled for lowering into swimming pool JJLATER picture or web link
  • Winch up patient, lock the rope, tie on to hook bottom end of a tripod leg.
  • Put a chair under patient, preferably with arm rests. Definitely Not with castor wheels.
  • Winch down patient to part sit on chair.
  • patient may still be leaning half back, posterior hanging half off front of chair, wiggle to normal sitting posture, back vertical, posterior at back of chair, Winch down patient fully
  • Builder's hard hat on head of patient
  • Remove winch rope from apex above head of patient
  • Remove winch from apex above head of patient
  • Tell patient to hold front 2 of the 3 scaffold poles so poles don't slip on head or body of patient.
  • Remove bottom 3 ropes of triangle from scaffold
  • Remove scaffold poles
  • patient stands up from chair, with help on hand.
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DIY Hoist: Folding Ladder

Raizer - a chair with 4 rotatable legs

Bellavita - Chair, cantilever, Version for floor, first was for bath

Chair With Curved Back Legs, Not useful for us

  • mobile Hebehilfe
    1200 Euro
    Like a chair with curvy back legs.
  • Many would struggle or fail to heave patient up on that !
    & one would need a lot of space behind head of patient.
  • If patient has head in corner, drag patient by feet away from corner.
  • If patient's head is toward a wall, drag patient round parallel to wall,
  • If fallen has head toward a wall next to wall so first drag patient round parallel to wall
  • Somehow (major problem) get patient's torso (back & posterior) to wriggle and or be heaved Up on to back of chair. Maybe need a slippery sheet of plywood reinforced hardboard to help ?
  • Lift patient's thighs vertical, parallel to chair base
  • Lift patient's lower legs to rest on top of chair
  • Maybe strap chair & patient together so no sideways slippage ? (leaves arms outside straps in case of accident & or for balance ?
  • Then a strenuous lift for a strong man, not viable if patient is over weight.
  • That device is only for a strong fit lifter, with a non overweight patient.
  • Interesting & novel, but overpriced & no use for us.
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3 Loose Steps Made Of Plastic

Bariatric lifts

    "Bariatrics is the branch of medicine that deals with the causes, prevention, and treatment of obesity.
  • I guess a Search for Bariatric lifters will result in more expensive solutions, for heavier less able people.
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