Frequently Asked Questions
Q. "I experience some mobility impairment, but have always been very independent. How can these products assist me?"
A. These assistive devices are helpful for those with mobility issues, coordination issues, and decreased strength or control of the muscles and bones, by providing support in everyday tasks. Having a grab bar at the best point of use allows for less strain on the body when getting in and out of bed or a chair, as well as the necessary independent living tasks of getting around the bathroom and kitchen.
Q. "I noticed there are assistance levels on these products, can you tell me which number means what, etc.?"
A.The levels are....
Assistance Level 1: Minimal - I can stand up or transfer on my own, but need some support for safety. I may use a cane and/or a walker on occasion.
Assistance Level 2: Moderate - I require firm or solid support to be able to complete standing or transfers. I may use a cane and/or a walker on occasion. I occasionally use a scooter on days where I'm feeling a bit tired.
Assistance Level 3: Maximum - I am not able to perform standing and transferring without assistance. I require leaning & resting support. I depend on my walkers / wheelchair to get around.
Assistance Level 4: Powered Assistance - I require the use of a mechanical lift or powered device to safely perform transfers. I will apply most, if not all, of my body weight on the transfer aide. I use a wheelchair / scooter to get around.
Q. "Okay, but are they easy to use?"
A. Yes - HealthCraft's assistive products that move with you, are designed to move with a gentle lift of about 2 pounds. Keep the bar up about a quarter of an inch to move it freely and simply release to lock the bar into place.
Q. "Can I use the Smart Rail with my adjustable bed?"
A. The Smart Rail will fit on a standard box spring & mattress bed from a twin to a king size. There is a Smart Rail available which will work on all Invacare style hospital beds.
Q. "Can I put a Smart Rail on each side of my bed?"
A. Yes you can, as long as your bed is big enough to place both support rails between the box spring & mattress without overlapping.