The Elk lifting cushion operates at a low air pressure offering a stable and stress-free lift that can be performed with the assistance of one carer only.
The product is extremely compact making it ideal when someone has fallen in a confined space both indoors and out.
With a maximum user weight of 450kg (70 stone) the Elk can lift people of any size, weight and age and is particularly useful for lifting very large and bariatric people, minimising the risks associated with moving and handling for both the carer and client. If someone falls over they can shuffle on to the cushion, or be rolled on from the recovery position and assisted to sit upright.
The ELK is inflated at the touch of a button. There are 4 buttons on the hand control which are pressed in order to inflate each section of the cushion. Each button inflates the cushion a little higher. Most times only 3 buttons are required to inflate the cushion to a suitable height. The 4th button may be required for taller persons or persons with very limited mobility. Once the cushion has inflated to a suitable height and someone is supporting the individual from behind, the person is ready to stand from their seated position. Once the lift is complete, the ELK can be deflated, folded up and stored away tidily.
Mangar Health recently won the Most Effective Marketing Campaign Award at the British Healthcare Trades Awards. Their campaign #UpLiftingCare was launched to raise awareness towards the amount of uninjured fallen residents in care homes being left on the floor for hours whilst waiting for an ambulance to come and pick them up.
People with neurological disorders including:
The Elk is ideal for a home setting because it can be used in confined spaces to lift people who have fallen (e.g. bathrooms, hallways and dining rooms).
Its ease of use means it 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.