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Able Assist is a device that's been designed to help anyone lift another person, such as an elderly relative or friend, up off of a couch, a chair or another similar seat. The black and blue device, which only weighs a pound, has handles on each side—a set for the lifter to hold and a set for the person being lifted. This polypropylene plastic device can be used both indoors and outdoors, and its operation requires no batteries or electricity.
The cost of Able Assist is $19.99 plus $4.99 shipping. The special TV offer allows you to receive a second Able Assist at the discounted price of only $9.99 for a total price of $34.97.
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To begin using an Able Assist to lift someone else up, both you and the seated person who needs a lift must grip opposite sides of the device. On each side, one hand should be to the left of the center bar while the other hand should be positioned to the right of it. This will allow for the most balanced lift possible.
Once both of you are firmly gripping this lifting aid, you as the lifter will need to take a step backward. At this point, the device should look like an inclined plane, sloping down towards the seated person and upwards towards you. You should also be leaning forward slightly so that your body's pointing in the direction of the seated person.
The final step, which is meant to enable you to lift the seated person to a standing position, is for you to stop leaning over and stand up straight. As you do so, be sure to give the Able Assist a gentle tug. The force of your movement should be enough to bring the person across from you up into a standing pose, as long as they maintain a firm grip on the device. Once they're standing up, one of you can let go of the device and the other can store it away until it's needed again.
This particular device has been designed with the principles of leverage in mind, especially the importance of maintaining one's center of gravity during a lift. If you reach down to lift someone up with just your hands, you'll normally have to reach quite far and tip quite far forward, which could make you lose contact with your center of gravity. This, in turn, may cause you to lose your balance as you're lifting. However, if you and the seated person both hold onto an Able Assist device, you won't have to tip as far forward and risk losing that contact with your center as you lift them. This will make the lifting process safer for both of you since there'll be little chance of you falling onto the person you're trying to raise up.
When it's held in any way, this device can support up to 400 pounds. If you hold it in an inclined plane position, though, with the device pointing downward in the direction of the seated person, it can support up to 800 pounds. Since most humans weigh much less than 400 pounds, it almost goes without saying that you'll be able to lift nearly anyone with this device, as long as they can hang onto it securely. Plus, the plastic each one is made of is durable, so it's unlikely that it'll ever break as two people are gripping it.
Holding onto your Able Assist likely won't hurt your hands, since all the areas you'll need to grip (as a sitter or a lifter) are textured. They've also been designed to hold any person's hands in place so they won't slip, potentially sending the device and maybe a person or two to the floor.
Each Able Assist is only about the size of a cutting board and weighs just a pound, so almost anyone will be able to carry it in one hand or under one arm. You'll also be able to bring it along with you in your vehicle if you'd like to, without wasting precious space you could be using for other items. Furthermore, when you're not using it, it won't take up much storage space in your bedroom, your living room or elsewhere in your home, either.
It's safe to put one of these devices in your dishwasher for a thorough cleaning, as long as you put it on the top shelf. You won't need to worry about any type of detergent damaging it, as it's compatible with all types. Similarly, if you don't have a dishwasher or want to clean your device by hand, you'll be able to safely use any type of household or commercial cleaning solution for this purpose.
If you're thinking you'll need to send an elderly loved one to a retirement home since you can't lift them properly, using the Able Assist may be a viable alternative solution. By using this device instead of your arms alone, you'll be able to increase the amount of weight you can confidently support and also remain more steady on your feet as you do so. That means your loved one may be able to stay at home for longer and you might not even need to call a home support worker in for help.
While this device has been designed with at-home use in mind, you'll also be able to use it in the car or outdoors. It'll come in handy if you need to help someone get out of a car seat or lift them off the ground after they've sat down. By bringing an Able Assist along, a person who struggles with mobility will be able to go to most (or even all) of the places they've always gone without getting stuck in a sitting position.
The Able Assist is powered completely by natural physical principles and the human body, so it doesn't require batteries or electricity to be used effectively. As a result, it'll be useful in nearly any location, as long as there are two people to work with it, even if there are no electrical outlets or sets of batteries on hand.
If you often have difficulty getting up after you've been sitting down, you should bring your Able Assist device with you wherever you go, even if you think you won't need it. In a public place, if you end up in a sitting position unexpectedly (and can't get up), you'll likely be able to find a stranger who's willing to help you use it. After all, all they'll have to do is hold the other end of the device for a few seconds.
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