“One of the hardest things for some patients is something that many of us take for granted – getting from a sitting to a standing position,” says Diana Herrington, a physiotherapist in the Spinal Cord Injury Program at the Regional Rehabilitation Centre. “Thanks to the support of Hamilton General Hospital Foundation, we have an incredible piece of equipment designed to help patients do just that.”
The Sit-to-Stand Trainer helps patients reach a standing position using a counter-weight mechanism and a harness. Mounted on wheels for portability, the unit fits through any standard doorway and can help patients who are in a bed, chair or wheelchair.
“The Trainer allows us to provide different levels of assistance to the patient without putting strain on the physiotherapist,” Diana explains. “We can gradually decrease the level of physical assistance we give them until they have gained enough strength to stand by themselves.”
Diana is grateful for the support of the Foundation, which made the purchase of the Trainer possible for use by patients in the Spinal Cord Injury, Stroke, Amputee and Acquired Brain Injury Programs.
“Donors are truly helping to change lives,” she says. “This equipment directly impacts the quality of life and independence of our patients.”