INTRODUCING THE ROTATIONAL TRANSFER LIFT (RTL)
The Rotational Transfer Lift, is a device which allows the user to move from a sitting position in one location to a sitting position in a different location without the use of upper or lower body strength. The only requirements for use of the RTL is that the user be able to bear their body weight on their legs, attach the user harness and flip switches or push buttons. A prototype of the RTL which I use in my home, is shown on the right.
Benefits of the Rotational Transfer Lift:
- Eliminates overuse and related upper body injuries resulting from the stress of manually transferring your body weight using your upper body.
- Substantially reduces the risk of incurring Carpel Tunnel or Ulnar Nerve injuries by decreasing repetitive use of wrists and elbows.
- Substantially reduces or eliminates accidental release of bodily wastes that can accompany the physical strain involved in manual upper body transfers.
- Allows the user to dress and undress while standing.
- Strengthens the bones and stretches the muscles of the lower body by periodically standing throughout the course of the day.
User in a sitting position lifts themselves into a standing position at the touch of a switch.
User then rotates the platter, also at the touch of a switch, placing themselves over the bed.
User then lowers themselves onto the bed to complete the transfer from the wheelchair to the bed.