Lifting poles are designed to make moving around in bed or getting in and out of bed easier.
They consist of a gantry with a strap hanging from it. A hand grip is attached to the strap and, when adjusted to a suitable height, people with enough strength can pull themselves into a sitting or semi-lying position. The majority are free standing, although some are wall or bed attached.
To use, you need fairly strong upper limbs and good abdominal and trunk control. Lifting poles are therefore not usually suitable for people with painful arms, painful shoulders, limited overhead movement or abdominal weakness.
Moulded style hand grips may be more comfortable to hold and these should preferably be suspended from an adjustable length strap to allow for greater flexibility.
Remember that appearance is important, especially if the pole is to be used in a domestic setting. Some of the frames look very clinical.
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