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Specialist seating, mobility aid and care equipment company Yorkshire Care Equipment has launched Raizer M, expanding its range of Raizer fall assistance devices, which has been specially designed for domestic use.

All Raizer fall assistance devices have a lifting chair design. The chair is built around the fallen person. Then, a single carer can operate the Raizer to lift them back up to their feet, with the process taking under 5 minutes.

Yorkshire Care has supplied the range to UK care homes, hospitals, emergency services, and some private residents since 2016. Raizer M is the third addition to the range. Following record sales in 2019, the company launched an updated Raizer II in January 2020.

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Both the original Raizer and Raizer II are electronic – they run on rechargeable batteries and are operated using a remote control.

In contrast, Raizer M is the first manual lifting chair. The device is operated using a hand crank and does not require any electrical power.

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George Hulbert, Sales Director at Yorkshire Care Equipment, explains why the Raizer M design suits domestic use: “The Raizer fall assistance range has proven incredibly popular. We’ve supplied them to care homes who’ve reported 96% reduction in wait times for fall assistance and to emergency services teams who’ve saved thousands by sending a Raizer-equipped response car to assist with falls rather than an ambulance.

“However, the electronic Raizer II is designed for multi-user environments where falls can occur multiple times each week. It uses the latest technology to power various sensors and allow the battery to last for up to 100 lifts on a single charge. Of course, this technology also impacts the price. We were getting requests for a stripped back, more affordable option for domestic use.”

He added that elderly end-users didn’t want to call an ambulance and go in hospital if they fell but were uninjured and that families wanted peace of mind for their loved ones.

“That’s exactly what Raizer M offers,” George continued. “It has the same chair design, without the electronic components. There’s still no physical lifting required and, as an added bonus, it never needs charging. Even if Raizer M goes unused for months, it’s ready immediately when you need it.”

The Raizer range is manufactured by a Danish company Liftup.

According to Age UK, falls are the largest cause of emergency hospital admissions in older people and one in three people aged 65+ fall at least once a year. Continuing to improve fall assistance devices is key for protecting older people and reducing the cost of falls on the healthcare service, Yorkshire Care stresses.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Yorkshire Care invested in 30,000 sq ft of additional warehouse space in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, alongside increasing its manufacturing capacity and stock levels to support care in the community and NHS Trusts’ discharge efforts.

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