Something we commonly come across as physios and OT’s is people struggling to stand up from chairs, beds, cars etc.
Whilst we are firm believers here at ARC in trying to build our natural strength and fitness to maintain independence in everyday tasks we also acknowledge that sometimes people just need a little bit of extra help and one product we love is the ‘Handybar’.
The Handybar has been designed to provide support for people performing the sit to stand and stand to sit component of getting in and out of a car.
It is a very portable device which simply inserts into the U-shaped striker plate of the car door frame. Once inserted in to the frame it provides a very sturdy extra handle onto which you can lean a lot of weight as needed for the car transfer.
A demonstration of using the Handybar can be seen on the following youtube clip:
- no fiddling around!
- fits virtually all makes and models of vehicles so can easily be transferred between cars / taxis etc
- can be used either side of the vehicle
- ergonomic shape with non-slip surface = comfortable / easy to use
- weight is 310g and the length is 23cm
- compact to keep in the glove box / carried in a hand bag easily
- designed to be used by people up to a weight of 158kg
- The tip of the Handybar is also designed to be able to be used to smash the car door window in the case of an emergency
- it has an inbuilt groove which also functions as a seatbelt cutter again in an emergency situation
Essentially the Handybar is a simple and usually highly effective aid for getting in / out of a car and may be used in conjunction with a swivel cushion if necessary to promote independence, confidence and community mobility.
It available to purchase widely on the internet and can be ordered through several Australian sites.
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