Our client has a Swedish product called an Arjo Sara Stedy which is used to help his transfer from sitting to a standing position. However, the nature of his chair and folding leg rest means his care team struggled to get him close enough to reach the full height cross rail to pull himself up. There is a compact version of the Sara Stedy and it was felt this would still have the same issue.
Harrogate and Ripon Group engineer Ian Midgley made a secondary rail out of Interclamp tube and cross-over tube clamps normally used for safety railings. These are galvanised as standard, so were spray painted grey to match the Sara Stedy and improve the look.
Interclamp locking screws have a sharp ridge which digs into the tube – and would have marked the Sara Stedy uprights if used as-is. These sharp ridges were ground flat. The uprights were protected with thin neoprene rubber, so the clamp would stay in place fairly well with only light clamping pressure. But to make sure there could be no slippage, the secondary rail was then suspended from the top rail with adjustable aluminium “hangars” connected to sections of steel M8 threaded stud – which were cut to size on site once the optimum height was found, and also stop any sideways movement of the tube. As a result, the solution can be removed easily without leaving any marks on the equipment.
Finally, grey heat-shrink sleeve tidies up the M8 threaded stud, and two sections of transparent adhesive lined heat-shrink were added to the new secondary rail to improve hand grip.
Getting up to a standing position and sitting down again is now much easier.