April 5, 2024 | Terry Smith

How do you assess whether someone is suitable for the Raizer Lifting Chair?

When working with clients and private individuals in the community, it’s always important to assess the client’s situation before issuing new equipment or interventions, to ensure the equipment is suitable and appropriate, and implementing the Raizer Lifting Chair is no different.

In this article, we’ll outline how to assess whether someone is suitable for the Raizer lifting chair and cover some scenarios where the Raizer chair may not be an appropriate intervention. 

Raizer Lifting Chair in action

How do you assess someone’s suitability for the Raizer Chair?

The Raizer chair can be used to lift the vast majority of people who have experienced a minor injury or no injury fall. Some of the most common medical conditions that cause falls in the elderly include Parkinson’s disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, or even just old age; all of which the Raizer is an appropriate solution for. Due to the hands-off and quiet nature of the Raizer chair, it also works particularly well with fallers who suffer from dementia or cognitive impairment. 

For the Raizer to be suitable, the faller must be able to lie flat on the floor so that the equipment can be assembled around them, and they must be able to mobilise once lifted, either with or without assistive equipment like walkers and frames

The client must also be under the 150kg safe working load of the Raizer lifting chair. 


When is a Raizer Lifting Chair not likely to be suitable?

For some medical conditions, or in certain scenarios, the Raizer chair may not be the best option.

If the faller is not able to transfer to standing or be safely transferred after being lifted by the Raizer chair, then the Raizer chair isn’t the most suitable option for them. For non-ambulant or bed-bound fallers, flat-lifting equipment is a more suitable alternative, as it allows the faller to be lifted in a lying position and easily transferred into a bed. 

The Raizer’s safe working load of 150kg caters to the majority of ambulant fallers, however, any person over this weight won’t be able to be lifted using the Raizer. Instead, we would recommend looking at inflatable lifting equipment such as inflatable cushions or flat lifts designed for bariatric fallers.

Also, if the fallen person has suffered a major injury such as a hip fracture, the Raizer chair should not be used; all major injury falls should be dealt with by qualified paramedics with the appropriate equipment.


Do Felgains offer client assessments with the Raizer Chair?

Yes, we offer client assessments with the Raizer chair throughout most of the midlands and the south of England. Our physiotherapist, Harry, will typically visit the client’s house accompanied by an OT or case manager, to discuss how the equipment works and determine the client’s suitability by carrying out a demonstration. 

Please note that there is a charge of £96 for an assessment or demonstration of the Raizer M Lifting Chair. An assessment or demo with the Raizer 2 Lifting Chair is free of charge. 

To arrange an assessment with the Raizer chair, feel free to get in touch via the form below, or give us a call on 01473 741144 and we’ll be happy to discuss this. 



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