How to Use a Sara Stedy

The sara stedy is a very nifty piece of equipment that helps patients ambulate more easily. The best way to describe it would be a cross between a walker and a wheelchair. It helps them stand with the ease of a walker and moves them around with the ease of a wheelchair. It does all of this without having to turn the patient.

Who is it for?  Easy to use  Getting into position  Placing the patient  Bringing them to their destination  Different kinds  FAQ

Who is it For?

What kind of patient is this device for? If they meet the following criteria, they may be a good candidate.

  • Weak legs but are allowed to bear weight on them
  • Low endurance
  • Cannot walk more than a couple of steps
  • Unsteady gait
  • requires assistance of two people to ambulate
  • Understands directions
  • Partly capable of performing daily activities
  • Can assist with transfers
  • Able to pull self to standing using their arms
  • Weighs no more than 440 lbs

It's Actually Easy to Use

It is a lot easier to actually use it than it is to describe how to use. Looking at it for the first time will probably just cause confusion and wonder at the same time. But when you see it in action, you are just baffled at how easy it is to use and see how useful it can be.

The only downfall is they have to be in a sitting position in order to use it. They can be sitting on the side of their bed, in a chair, on a toilet, a bedside commode, etc just as long as they are sitting. If they are unable to sit down, they shouldn't attempt to use it anyway otherwise, they may fall.

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Getting the Stedy Into Position

There are two flaps for the patient to sit down on called seat wings. Make sure they are pushed up before rolling the sara stedy towards them. There are four wheels at the bottom. Two of them can lock in place. Make sure the wheels are unlocked so you can roll it towards them.

As you slowly move the device towards them, make sure you don't bump into their legs or elbows. When the stedy is in the desired position, lock the two wheels so it doesn't slip out from under them.

If you are having trouble placing the device underneath them, depending on which model you are using, the other two wheels in the back may be able widen or narrow down by pushing on two foot pedals. It has this feature so it can be placed as close to the patient as possible. This is especially useful when pushing it underneath a bed or around a chair or toilet.

Placing the Patient on the Stedy

After bringing the sara stedy as close to them as possible, place their feet onto the platform, called a foot plate, located on the bottom of the device. This will prevent their feet from dragging on the floor when they are moved around.

There are also knee guards that their knees should rest against. They help secure their legs to make sure they don't slip off the foot plate whenever they sit on the seat wings.

After you make sure they are in a good position, have them grab onto the rail directly in front of them to help themselves stand up. Tell them to pull their belly up to the rail. Assist them if needed.

After they are standing as upright as possible, bring the seat wings down and have them slowly sit on them. You can always help them ease down and assure them that there is a seat underneath them.

Make sure they hold onto the rail during this entire process. Check to make sure their feet are still firmly on the platform and their shins and knees are comfortably against the knee guards.

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Bringing Them to Their Destination

You may now unlock the wheels and use the two handles next to the rail that the patient is holding on to to push, pull, and steer them into the spot where they need to be. Again, you can always widen or narrow the two back wheels if needed.

When their bottom is directly underneath where you want them to sit down, lock the wheels back into place. Have them slowly stand up straight, belly to the rail, all while holding firmly onto the rail in front of them.

After they are completely upright and balanced, slide the seat wings out from under them and have them gently ease onto the chair, toilet, etc. Of course you can always help them as needed. They can now let go of the rail.

You can now unlock the wheels again and slowly move the sara stedy out from under them. Make sure you tell them to watch their feet. You may have to assist their feet off of the foot plate if they are unable to lift them.

Different Kinds

There are two slightly different kinds that I have used. The main difference is the seat wings. One of them has wings that swing up and down, while another has wings that swing sideways.

The one that swings sideways is preferred because the one that swings up and down can sometimes rub up against the patient's bottom while you are trying to flip them up and down. You may not even be able to lift the seat all of the way without pushing against their bottom.

The other difference is some of them don't have the adjustable wheels that move inward and outward. Of course it is preferred to have this feature otherwise, you may not be able to get the sara stedy close enough to the patient.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Question: Is a sara stedy supposed to be used by two people?

Answer: It is certainly easier to use when there are two people. Depending on the patient, it may actually be necessary, but one person is often enough. I've used it by myself plenty of times but having two people makes the process go by much quicker.

Q: Can a sara stedy be used as a walker?

A: No. This device should not be used as a walker. Doing so could cause an injury or a fall.

Q: Where do people use sara stedy's?

A: They are mainly used in hospitals, nursing homes, rehab centers, and other similar facilities. However, you can buy one off of the internet to use in the home if one is needed.

Q: Can you leave a sara stedy in front of someone when they are on a bedside commode (BSC)?

A: I don't see why not. It may actually be easier for them to get off of the BSC and back onto the stedy after they are done.

However, it should not be used as a restraint. If you are leaving it underneath them and then leaving them alone in hopes it will provide a barrier that will prevent them from getting up on their own, this would be improper use. Not only is it questionably unethical, it may not even prevent them from getting up on their own and could cause even further injury.

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