The Intended User
- Those with limited/reduced mobility.
- Those in Rehab and recovery.
- To continue and improve mobility and muscle tone.
The Oxford Up has been designed and made for those who are having difficulties standing up.
Get close to the load
This helps allow for increased comfort, ease of repositioning and better posture. This also increases the patient’s safety and allows them to feel more supported.
Use a wide stable base
This feature provides increased stability and support and ensures the patient has enough space to feel safe. The wider stable base also provides increased durability for improved care.
Ensure a comfortable firm grasp
This provides further safety and comfort for the patient and the caregiver, whilst ensuring the patient has a sense of security.
Keep the spine close to neutral
This allows the user to stand up in the most natural way. Keeping the spine neutral is the optimal way to attain balance, proportion and stabilise the spine. This helps by placing the least amount of stress on the body’s tissues. The neutral spine position allows activation of the right muscles, whilst using the least amount of energy to maintain positioning.
Make sure the movement is smooth
This is vital to improve the patient’s mobility, as standing up is naturally a smooth movement it is most important to replicate it in the same way. This factor is also important to provide maximum comfort and a sense of safety for the patient. This will help increase their confidence and independence, therefore increasing their mobility.
This could be from a bed, toilet, chair or similar. The Up is intended for those with limited or reduced mobility, one working in the rehab or recovery area, aged care clients, or those with some muscular disability.
The Up is exceptionally easy to manoeuvre and use, being ideal for use at home, in aged care facilities, hospitals and rehabilitation and recovery areas. This has been designed to increase mobility, muscle tone, strength and independence. This means that those that have some difficulties standing up can have a little assistance, whilst still ensuring their muscles are working and improving in strength. This could also be used in the rehabilitation and recovery process to help learn to stand again and gradually increase strength once more.
The Up has the latest advancement in design, being easy for the caregivers and comfortable for the patient. Only requiring one caregiver to use, the Up is ideal for those short on staff, family members, or carers. The Up is perfect for in-home care situations and facilities, being lightweight and easy to manoeuvre. The easily adjustable legs on the Up allow for effortless access around furniture and provides the ability to get closer to the patient. This ensures the patient is comfortable and promotes better posture and positioning.
The Oxford Up is designed for users who need assistance with performing daily activities. They would usually be able to partially weight bear and would often spend most of their time in a wheelchair or chair. These users must be able to actively contribute to the action or movement and be partially independent in the action. This is an important factor to ensure a smooth and safe transfer for both the user and the caregiver whilst providing a challenge for the user without being excessive or dangerous.
It is most important these individuals maintain or improve their mobility as much as possible, to help maintain strength and accelerate recovery or slow down the deterioration of their mobility. This is vital to stimulate their remaining capacity and involve the user in the action.
This will give them a sense of independence and achievement, which is most important to give them a sense of purpose and promote positive feelings. Through achieving and improving their independence this helps broaden their opportunities and reduce the risk of depression and the feeling of hopelessness. If independence is lost, this can lead to the development of many negative feelings. This may include doubtfulness, demotivated, unable to look after themselves, cognitive decline, reduced capabilities, reduced self-worth and health deterioration. On the contrary, independence will develop feelings of happiness, success and help keep a sense of control over their lives. This also promotes dignity, as the caregiver can help where needed and let the user still have privacy and choice. Improving and increasing mobility and independence is essential in maintaining one’s balance. If the user’s balance is affected this can lead to falls and therefore further reduce their mobility.
The Oxford Up users do tend to require assistance and rely on caregivers in many instances throughout the day, this including some daily living activities and tasks. Due to the user still requiring some level of care this means there is some risk of caregivers and staff being overloaded if the correct equipment is not being used. This means that although the user does still have some level of mobility, they do require equipment such as transfer aids to help assist with getting up and transferring. Without this, the carer would be required to help lift the patient and could potentially harm themselves or the user.