What is it?
The Rachel Harness is smart, fun, light weight and enables a child or adult to build their confidence when standing or sitting and can be worn all day, as a jacket
The Rachel Harness was designed and released on to the Market in 2002 and was originally inspired by a little boy called Oliver who wanted to be included in play and floor tasks at school but needed the extra security that a hoist harness would allow. The Rachel harness was designed not to replace a sling but to provide a solution which would encourage natural patterns of movement, improve standing tolerance, be used in rehabilitation and reduce handling.
Studies have shown that developing motor ability in children with disabilities has a direct effect on their life span. The benefits of physical activity encouraged by the Rachel Harness can improve muscle strength, muscle function and aerobic capacity.
Research has supported the notion that strength is directly related to motor function; strengthening programs focusing on the lower extremities have been shown to improve functional abilities such as walking and have been used over recent years particularly in strength programs for those with Cerebral Palsy.
The Rachel Harness provides an additional layer of safety for those end-users who have are using a strength training program focusing on the lower extremities.
Disabled adults and children benefit from improved balance, motion control, joint movement, coordination and improves quality of life and feelings of well-being. This hugely popular hoist-able jacket has a quick clip-on, clip-off tape attachment allows the caregiver to quickly attach the user to the hoist if required, no need to worry about children who do not want to sit still long enough for a sling or harness to be applied. Manufactured in a high density open weave mesh, durable and can be used for bathing as drains freely and is quick drying.
Ideal for communal activities and play, the Rachel Harness is a more inclusive transfer/support aid specifically designed to give young end users independence, allow for physical rehabilitation and develops social skills. Perfect for schools, residential care and homecare.
Detachable tapes allow for hoisting to take place without impeding the end user’s ability to play once transferred. Is also perfect for parents who are unable to lift their child themselves, promoting independent transfers.
Available in one material type:
Mesh – High density open weave mesh, durable, used for bathing as quick drying. SUITABLE FOR BATHING
Wash at 85°C
Tumble dry low heat (max 50°C)
Loop fixing spreader bar
Active alert and able to participate
Good head control
Good head trunk and hip control
Not suitable for poor skin integrity issues
Some weight bearing ability
220 kgs / 35 stone / 485 lbs
Mobility FIM Measure
1 2 3 & 5
(Mobility FIM measure only – please see tab for further detail)
Please Note: Measurements are given for guidance and only reflect the design stated. If you require a custom made sling or have any further questions regarding Silvalea sizing please contact us for more help.
(Overbust Chest Circumference)
(C7 to Base of Spine)
|XXSmall||56 – 61cm||27 – 31cm|
|XSmall||67 – 72cm||29 – 33cm|
|Small||75 – 80cm||36 – 40cm|
|Medium||87 – 92cm||40 – 44cm|
|Large||101 – 108cm||50 – 54cm|
Lift Type: KEY
Active – end user is active and can participate in transfer
Passive Lift – end user can maintain passivity or has limited mobility
Extensive – end user has limited body control and/or suffers from extreme extensions.
Functional Independence Measure
The Functional Independence Measure (FIM) scale assesses physical and cognitive disability. This scale focuses on the burden of care – that is, the level of disability indicating the burden of caring for them.
- Transfers: bed/chair/wheelchair
- Transfers: toilet
- Transfers: bathtub/shower
- Transfers: car
- Locomotion: walking/wheelchair
- Locomotion: stairs
Standing / Sitting
Smart, fun & light-weight & enables children to build / increase their confidence when either sittings & standing.
Improved balance, motion control, joint movement, coordination.
Improves quality of life and feelings of well-being.
Encourages natural patterns of movement, improves standing tolerance, be used in rehabilitation and reduces handling.
Who likes it?
Professional Occupational Therapist
Using The Hugga system has resulted in demonstrable and measurable clinical improvements, protection or maintenance of body shape for my clients. A highly effective solution to postural care.
General Manager, Barchester Care Home
Having worked with Andrew providing care equipment support over a long period, I can share my appreciation of the genuine way he looks after his customers and clients a like. Someone who I have been happy to trust.
Critical Patient Carer, Hospital – Birmingham
The chairs are light and easy to move, meaning that they can be quickly manoeuvred to reach the patients who need them the most, and are ideally suited to the fast-paced Critical Care environment. Great service - thanks!
Manager, Assisted Living Centre
I find Ambre-Stone Healthcare very professional and competent with our patients, assessing their needs with our therapists - so correct equipment is put in place at all times. Very reliable, knowledgeable about equipment helpful and most of all very friendly!
Matron, NHS Hospital
I would just like to say that the service we receive from Andrew Smith at Ambre-Stone is excellent. He always rises to any challenge we set him. I know I can ring him at a moment’s notice if a piece of equipment needs attention.
Patient Carer, Barchester Care Home
The guys at AmbreStone Healthcare Equipment always give excellent advice and from there years of knowledge in the healthcare industry, they give efficient professional service.