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Saturday, Sep 7, 2013
Medical Equipment Standing Aides That Don't Break the Bank
Posted by Pamela Egan of Wellness and Anti-Aging Clinic

Uplift Seat Assist & Giddy-Up Stick Offer Pocket-Friendly Lift Chair Alternatives


For decades, acquiring a home standing aide meant shelling out big bucks for the purchase of a lift chair, which is a mechanical recliner that moves when the person seated is ready to stand, shifting until the user is in a nearly upright position so as to aide the individual's efforts to stand up from a seated position.

While lift chairs are without a doubt very effective in terms of their collective ability to help an otherwise physically vulnerable person stand up safely from a seated position, they are noticeably less cost-effective and are often outside the realm of discretionary spending power for millions of retired individuals in the U.S. and Canada.

The lest expensive lift chairs still cost upwards of $550-$600 new, with many models exceeding $1,000, some even crossing the $2,000 threshold. Needless to say, this can be a bit problematic for an elderly man or woman on a fixed income whose food and medical bills typically exhaust the vast majority of his or her monthly income, leaving very little wiggle room for luxury items. While not a "luxury item" in the purest sense of the word, lift chairs may nonetheless be grouped in together with new cars, vacation cruises and motorized scooters as luxuries relative to food and medicine, despite a medical necessity often factoring into the equation.

Because the other expenses mentioned take precedent in any given month if one were forced to choose between the two, lift chairs often remain the object of fantasy of many elderly individuals and couple who could benefit greatly from use of one, often times being jotted down on the proverbial wishlists many such people keep in the event they were to score big playing the lottery.

Two relatively recent additions to the ranks of medical equipment standing aides are dramatically shaking up the aforementioned wishlists by providing seniors and the disabled with two distinct, effective and safalternatives to lift chairs which both cost only a mere fraction of their larger, bulkier counterparts. The two are the Uplift Seat Assist seat lift by Uplift Technologies and the Giddy-Up Stick by Palo Medical, respectively.

The Uplift Seat Assist Portable Seat Lift

  1. Uplift Seat Assist - The Uplift Seat Assist constitutes what is known as a "seat lift". A seat lift functions much like a lift chair, only the recliner itself is not motorized. In fact, the cushion is portable and can be used with virtually any seating surface. The Uplift is a portable seat cushion with a powerful, hydro-pneumatic lifting mechanism built into the device.The Uplift Seat Assist portable seat lift helps the user stand up from a seated position by providing a boost from underneath whenever the user shifts his or her weight/balance forward, beginning the act of standing. The hydro-pneumatic lift activates upon this shift of the user's center-of-balance, providing a gentle push from behind to help the person stand up safely. While the Uplift provides a noticeable boost when the user begins to stand, the manufacturer's accompanying product literature still strongly advises the user have something to hold onto while standing up such as the arms of the chair in which the user had previously been seated, a walker with locking brakes or some other type of sturdy gripping surface to aide in the transfer of the user's weight and balance.The Uplift Seat Assist retails for about $160-$175, with the best price available as of the time of this writing being found at EGAN Medical Equipment for just under $100 at $97.50 for a new model that has never been opened or used*.

    *We felt the need to clarify this due to the substantial difference in price between the EGAN Medical price and the standard retail price.

    Giddy-Up Stick (aka: "Getty-Up Stick" & "Apollo Cane")

  2. The Giddy-Up Stick - The Giddy-Up Stick (aka: "Getty-Up Stick" and "Apollo Cane") is a dual-handled cane whereby the unique design featuring two handles - one atop the cane and one located along the shaft of the cane 6-12 inches below the top-handle enable the user to grip the device with both hands, applying twice the force otherwise available with the use of a traditional walking cane to help the user propel him or herself from a seated to a standing position.While the Giddy-Up Stick features no hydraulic or hydro-pneumatic lifting mechanism, the swivel feature of the lower handle and the mere presence of a second handle enable many who would otherwise struggle to stand up safely do so with the involvement of minimal risk.

    While not necessarily directly related to standing up from a seated position, the most recent, new-and-improved version of the Giddy-Up Stick features an ultra-bright LED flashlight built into the top handle, helping ensure the user never has to attempt to navigate his or her environment in the dark ever again, hence the term "Apollo Cane". The original Giddy-Up Stick was actually spelled "Getty-Up Stick". Subsequent models invoked the use of the alternate spelling ("Giddy-Up" as opposed to "Getty-Up"), while the most recent version of the product, designed by Dr. Palo, an orthopedist from south Louisiana, goes by both Apollo Cane as well as Giddy-Up Stick.

    All three names for this unique product are more-or-less used interchangeably today, as consumers have generally not kept themselves abreast of the subtleties as the spelling of the product name.

    The Giddy-Up Stick retails fo around $84.00.Click Here for Provider's Detail Page
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