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active elevators

for consumers and professionals

An active hoist helps people, who do have some standing function, get up and sit again. The active elevator helps them make the move and the caregiver helps as much as possible during the transfer. This activation is important in maintaining the muscle strength present.

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sale and rental of active elevators

for consumers and professionals

United Care

The top segment in our range of active elevators. United Care offers 3 options in 3 different price ranges. The Raisa Basic for home care, The Jamy and the James for in an institution. All of these are top-notch elevators that will provide you with years of trouble-free service.

Molift

Molift was the first brand with the characteristic inclined lifting column. The resulting natural lifting motion is considered very comfortable and enjoyable. ‘Friend and foe’ praise the Quick Raiser series and the Molift active elevators are therefore very popular.

SLK

Our own house brand is SLK. A beautiful and affordable product from our own German factory. The Eazy-Up, for example, is a top-notch product at an incredible price. A light and compact elevator, which can also be easily transported for use on site.

The active hoist

An active elevator is used to help people get up who are

  • have a limited standing function
  • unable to stand up or sit down independently
  • unable to move independently from wheelchair to bed or toilet and back, even with the use of a manual transfer aid
  • are heavier than 25kg

The person must have a stable torso (be able to sit up a little), be able to lean on at least one leg and have no problems with the shoulder joint (pain, impending luxation, etc.), understand what is expected of him/her and do so. If this is not met, a passive elevator will have to be chosen.

Conec Care is happy to think with you in your search for a suitable active elevator. Together, we’ll see what your best option is. It’s just a little different for everyone. And of course we can take care of all your maintenance and inspection needs.

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Natural lifting motion

Most active elevators lift a patient more or less under the armpits straight up. Very comfortable this is not. It feels more like lashing. A natural way to stand up is to slant forward a bit. This is also how a healthy person gets up from a chair. Conec Care is a strong advocate for the use of these types of active elevators.

The most advanced active elevator is the United Care James 3. This elevator offers each person a unique lifting experience. This is possible because the elevator measures the extent to which the patient is cooperating and the position of the trunk in relation to the knees. The elevator “determines” when and to what extent to move forward and upward based on this measurement data. The lifting motion is thus optimal and very comfortable.

Molift’s active elevator, the QuickRaiser 205, approximates this natural standing up motion as closely as possible, but each person receives the same standing up support. She achieves this through the slanted back column.

Obese transfers

The active elevators available in our range have a capacity of up to 205kg. Most elevators can lift up to 160kg. Active elevators for helping higher-weight persons get up are not known to us. In that case, we recommend a passive elevator.

The Molift Quick Raiser 205 is suitable up to a weight of 205kg. With this elevator you can operate the complete range from light to extremely heavy. It can be equipped with spreadable legs or a narrow fixed base of your choice. And optionally with the standard 4 point suspension or the classic 2 point suspension of the Sling.

Practical information about active elevators

What is an active hoist?

An active hoist is a hoist that helps a person get up or sit down. Such an elevator is also called a “stand-up elevator,” or “barn elevator. The idea is to keep needy people as active as possible during a transfer. Hence the name active hoist, the person being helped to stand up or sit down actively cooperates with his or her transfer to the best of his or her ability. An active hoist increases safety for the user and stimulates and activates the muscles. In addition, it eases a caregiver’s job because they no longer have to lift the weight of the “patient.

How does an active hoist work?

An active hoist has a lifting arm to which a lifting strap is attached that is guided behind the patient’s back. As the lifting arm raises, the lifting strap pulls the patient up from behind at an angle.

An active hoist also always has a footplate and a knee support. The knee support fixes the lower legs as the forward and upward movement is initiated. This causes the body to hinge above the knee and slowly come to a standing position. Should a patient not be able to keep the feet on the footplate properly, the lower leg can be fixed with a calf strap.

Wheels under the base allow the caregiver to be moved from one place to another.

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Transfer to wheelchair with an active hoist

Active lifting sling

The active lifting sling plays an important role in an active transfer with an active hoist. The simplest is a soft band that is guided under the armpits and behind the back. Sometimes more support is needed and the lifting sling has a longer back panel, which distributes pressure more evenly across the back. Other active lifting slings have an abdominal fixation to prevent the patient from falling forward or, if the legs collapse, from slipping out of the lifting sling. Finally, there are active lifting slings that have an additional flap that is stretched under the buttocks. This provides extra support and extra upward pressure on the body.

Some active elevators work with clips, others with loops to attach the active lifting strap to the elevator. Molift’s active hoist works with a connection from sailing in which a rope is pulled through a v-shaped “clamp” with a knot. As soon as weight is put on it, the rope pulls itself tight. A safe solution that is often received strangely. Once you get used to this connection, almost everyone raves about the convenience.

When do you use an active hoist?

The active hoist is designed to help people who still have standing function to get up or sit down when it has become too difficult to do so on their own. The following functions are required to apply a successful active transfer:

  • The caregiver must have a sufficient standing function
  • Arm and shoulder function should be adequate
  • The trunk balance must be sufficient
  • The caregiver should be able to understand and carry out simple commands.

The difference between an active and passive hoist

Not everyone knows well the distinction between an active hoist and a passive hoist. An active hoist is then requested, while a passive transfer is envisioned or vice versa. That’s why we always ask about the circumstances, so we can give better advice. It is not uncommon that we have to correct the request for help.

An active hoist has already been described in detail in this article. Such an elevator is called active because the person being lifted with it is actively helping himself, standing on his own legs during the transfer. A passive elevator elevators people who cannot actively participate and lifts the caregiver who remains otherwise passive. On this page you can read more about passive elevators.

How do you use an active hoist?

Operating an active hoist is not difficult, but does require some practice. Don’t start experimenting on your own, ask a nurse or occupational therapist to help you so you learn it responsibly. Make sure the elevator is appropriate for the person you need to help get up. Always check that the maximum load weight fits the caregiver.

A full transfer normally requires the following steps.

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Positioning the elevator

Drives the elevator to the caregiver and places it ready for use with that person. You may have to spread the legs to place the lifting handle in the right place by the person. Some elevators spread the legs electrically, with others you control this with a foot pedal. Make sure the lifting handle does not interfere with or touch the caregiver.

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Applying the sling

Exactly how you apply the active lifting sling depends on the elevator and the type of lifting sling you are using. Sometimes you put the band low across the back, near the tailbone. Usually a little higher and slanted upward to just below the armpits. In all cases, make sure you have the right size lifting sling; too big a size is unsafe and too small a size is uncomfortable.

Some elevators have clips, other elevators have a loop attachment. Of course, make sure the correct lifting sling is used with the elevator to be used.

NOTE: We use the name active lifting sling here, you sometimes see the name back support sling.

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Lifting to standing

Once the active lifting sling is securely attached, you can carefully raise the lifting arm a little so that the lifting sling is tight. Afterwards, check that everything is in place. If all is well, you can raise further until the person is on their own.

Sometimes you don’t need to lift so high, for example, on a short transfer. The person then hangs, as it were, in the lifting sling and is then brought back to a new position to sit. By not lifting completely to a standing position, you gain valuable time, for example, when you have an urgent toilet visit.

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Driving with an active elevator

To move a caregiver from A to B, you must ride the elevator and there are a number of things to watch out for.

  • Don’t forget to place the legs parallel as soon as you can again. Then the elevator is easier to maneuver
  • Obstacles such as rugs and thresholds are not only a nuisance, but can also create insecurity if you try to force your way in. The elevator may go out of balance. If it is unavoidable to overcome these obstacles, it may be safer and more comfortable to use a wheelchair for that purpose.
  • Use the handles or brackets for forward and reverse movement. Move sideways or turn by pushing with the foot against the side of the undercarriage
  • Drive regularly and not too fast. Prevent the person from becoming unbalanced.
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Other considerations when using an active hoist

  • In case of emergency, press the emergency button. That’s a red button on the elevator’s battery or control box. With the emergency button pressed, the elevator does nothing at all. Note: sometimes such an emergency button is hit, but first of all it is not necessary and secondly it often causes damage to the elevator.
  • If the emergency button is pressed, or the elevator fails for some other reason, you can help any caregiver down with the emergency descent. Sometimes this is an electric emergency descent, but in any case every elevator has a manual emergency descent. Make sure you know how this works before you make a transfer. You may need it and at such a time you don’t want to have to search for the manual first.
  • If you want to put the elevator back into use, turn the red button to the right and it will pop open again. Sometimes you can also pull the knob but most of the time you have to turn it.
  • An elevator with long legs is less maneuverable than an elevator with short legs. The length of the legs is related to the capacity of the elevator. An elevator with short legs, therefore, can also lift less heavy loads.
  • Always have a full battery. It’s best to keep the battery full at all times, unless the manual says otherwise. This will prevent you from unexpectedly being left with a dead battery.
  • Ensure regular maintenance and an inspection of the elevator. A poorly maintained hoist can cause problems and also lead to an accident.
  • Always make sure you know who to contact in case of an outage. An active hoist is not a luxury; if there is a malfunction, it should be fixed as soon as possible.

Active patient elevator in healthcare

Active elevators are widely used in healthcare. One tries to keep a patient as active as possible and an active hoist is then a better tool than a passive hoist.

If someone can no longer get up properly, they often first deploy a manual transfer aid, such as the Raiser pro or, for example, the Bea Deluxe. With these manual transfer aids, the caregiver only has a support and hold when getting up or sitting down again. If this becomes more difficult, the caregiver can sometimes still choose to use a matching lifting sling for support. If this also fails, the motorized active hoist is used.

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Active patient elevators in healthcare

Different active elevators

There are many different active elevators. While there are many similarities, there are also many differences. In addition, each caregiver has a specific situation again. Finding the optimal combination “caregiver – active hoist – active lifting sling” is therefore a search. There are differences in the way of lifting, in the way of gripping, in the shape and dimensions of the footplate, in the adjustability of the knee support, in the ease with which the calf can be fixed, in size and how high it can be lifted, how easily the hoist can be taken on location. And then the choice of lifting sling can still affect feelings of safety, support and comfort. Of course, budget also plays a role. In short, there is much to choose and consider.

However, in a healthcare facility, the choice often falls on 1 type of elevator for the entire house. Everyone then gets the same elevator. That’s not ideal, because every patient deserves that individual lifting experience. One solution may be to take into account the specific problems of the user when choosing the active lifting sling to use. The ultimate solution is to use an active hoist with a natural lifting motion.

Natural lifting motion

Most active elevators have an upward lifting motion. This movement does not correspond to a natural standing up movement. In a natural standing-up movement, you first move diagonally forward and only when the weight of the body is above and a little in front of the knee is an upward movement appropriate. There are only a few active elevators that approach this movement. The most advanced option is United Care’s James 3. This elevator even uses a sensor to measure how the body is cooperating and adjusts its lifting motion accordingly. Each user thus receives an individually tailored lifting experience.

A good alternative is the Molift Quick Raiser 205. With the column angled back, the lifting arm moves further and further back, thus pulling the patient obliquely forward, simulating a natural lifting motion. Although Conec Care also offers active elevators with the more traditional upward lifting motion, we are a strong advocate for the elevators with a more natural lifting motion. These elevators are also better suited when patient training is involved in rehabilitation, for example.

Active travel elevator

If you want to use the active hoist on location, possibly even fly it, the options are very limited. Most active elevators cannot be folded or disassembled. Conec Care specializes in travel elevators and has selected some great options for you such as the Torneo Compact and the Multy Hybrid Active.

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What should you look for when buying an active hoist?

There seems to be a lot to choose from when looking for an active hoist. But in fact it is not so bad. First, decide what is important about the elevator and how you want to use it. Consider:

  • Length and weight of caregiver
  • Characteristics of caregiver (standing function, trunk stability, pain symptoms, mental abilities …)
  • Where to use (home, institution, on-site, combination)
  • How often is the elevator used and how, for what solution
  • If you are looking for an active travel elevator, how often will the elevator need to be transported, will it be flown?
  • What is the budget?

From the answers to the above questions comes a picture from which we can properly determine what kind of elevator is best for you. Depending on the situation, there are more or fewer options. You can always be confident, that if you choose a product with good build quality, it doesn’t matter that much whether you choose option A or B. In the end, it’s often a choice on details. Which elevator do you like best, which company do you feel most confident with, which elevator fits your budget best.

Of course, it is tempting to look primarily at the price. And in essence, an elevator of about €1500 will do the same thing as an elevator of €4000 or more; help you get up and sit back down. The only question is, how long will the elevator last, how comfortable and safe is such a transfer for the caregiver, even in the long run, and is the elevator repairable if something goes wrong? A more expensive elevator often has more luxury, but the quality of the components and materials used also plays a role, plus post-purchase support. A more expensive elevator is not always a better elevator and a cheap elevator is not always a bad choice.

Then there is the service level of the supplier. How transparent is the company? Do you get tailored advice? Can you try out the elevator on a trial basis? Are elevators discussed that are not standard stock? What can be agreed upon for service after the sale?

Reimbursement active patient elevator

If you need a hoist, you may be able to get reimbursed for it. There is a great tool on the resource guide to see if you can qualify for reimbursement.

The following questions are essential in determining whether you can get reimbursement and from whom you can apply:

  • Do you need the elevator for longer or shorter than 6 months?
  • Do you have a medical indication from a practitioner?
  • Have you had reimbursement for an active hoist before?

If the need for an active hoist is less than 6 months, apply for reimbursement from your health insurance company. This is only possible if you have a medical indication. Without this indication, health insurance will not reimburse you. Unless you have supplementary insurance and the policy conditions state that you do qualify for reimbursement.

If you need an active hoist for an extended period of time, it depends on where the device is being used to determine where you may be able to get reimbursement. For example, if you need the elevator for school or work, the UWV is your point of contact. If it is intended to enable you to live independently at home for longer, then the WMO within your municipality is the contact point. If you are staying in an institution, the institution will take care of an application and this can be to the WLZ, the WMO or your health insurance, depending on your situation.

As a general rule, you cannot receive reimbursement for a device for which you have already had reimbursement. For example, the WMO has already reimbursed an active patient elevator and you now want an active travel elevator, you would normally have to pay for the travel elevator yourself. However, there are exceptions, so be sure to inquire if you are still eligible for reimbursement.

Buying an active hoist

Buying an active hoist is very personal. As we noted, the ideal choice depends on the specific characteristics of the caregiver and on the desired use. If you live in a generous custom home and you never go out with the hoist you are probably looking at a completely different hoist than if you live in a small home or wish to use the hoist on location as well.

Most people who simply live at home can apply to the WMO if they need an active hoist. In that case, the Municipality determines which elevator you get. However, if you want to have more influence on the final choice of elevator and choose an elevator that best suits you and your use, ask for a PGB. Then you can choose the active hoist for yourself.

Most companies offer 1, possibly 2 options. At Conec Care, we recognize that you as a customer are our focus, and we offer multiple options. We have the knowledge of the market and we look at which elevator and active lifting sling best suits your personal situation and use. This is a process of fitting and measuring and may require some patience and persistence. However, this is amply rewarded with an active hoist that truly suits your personal situation and will provide you with many comfortable and safe transfers.

Conec Care

Conec Care is a quirky company that helps people with care aids for a freer life. A ‘no-nonsense’ personal approach is what characterizes us: short lines of communication, ample accessibility, fast delivery. We are passionate about helping you find a great, affordable solution for your premium care tool.

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