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IndeeLift Origin

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The Origin of IndeeLift

 

My name is Steve Powell. I founded Indeelift in 2014 to help people that can't get up from ther floor aftere a fall. IndeeLift was founded to help solve a real problem. Many people fall and are unable to get up from the floor. My story is not unlike millions of others in every generation and every day. Pictured below is my dad, Everett Powell. The last couple of years of his life were pretty tough.  He fell many times and it became a major ordeal to get him up from the floor. This problem serendipitously lead me to develop a solution to address his problem. The Human Floor Lift can help others who fall and are unable to get up from the floor without assistance. 

 

Everett Powell

Everett Powell the inspiration for IndeeLift

 

 

As a devoted participant in the care of my elderly parents, I've had the opportunity to experience many of the difficulties that come along with aging. My parents, who live apart, were an important part of my life and consequently I was involved in the physical and medical day-to-day challenges of aging at home. 

My father was falling multiple times a week and exhausting his caregiver. My mother lived alone and when she fell she was stuck for hours until someone could come and help. I needed a machine that would specifically pick people up from the floor. I looked at all of the human lifting and transferring equipment that I could find and scoured the internet for lifts of all sorts for something I could modify. Nothing existed! I accepted the challenge and began designing a device that would help my parents. Beginning in January, 2014, I built the first test models and after a half a dozen tries, I had a working model. 

I showed the working appliance to some friends and they told me about the problems they had with their parents falling. Apparently I was not the only one who had a problem with falling elderly parents or disabled family members. After some research, we determined that there are actually millions of people who cannot get up from the floor if they fall down. When people fall, many others are impacted. Friends, family, neighbors, emergency services all come to the rescue. There is a tremendous need to help those who have fallen. These people are our family members, veterans, accident victims, folks with bad knees and hips and many other types of disabilities and they are unable to get safely up from the floor. 

After building a working appliance, I knew that it was necessary to make this solution available wherever it was needed. My father died before I could make a working lift for him. I wasn’t able to help him personally with the Human Floor Lift so I have made it my mission to help as many people as possible, all over the world, to safely get up from the floor!

Some Background

My father faced many challenges in the last years of his life. He suffered from diabetes, dementia, renal failure and numerous other medical issues. My dad was very lucky in that his wife, Cathy Powell is a very experienced nurse who managed his many medical issues with great expertise.

My dad had some memory issues the last years of his life.  He had experienced numerous mini-strokes that had left him with moderate to severe dementia. He was obese most of his life, which further complicated his medical issues and the management of his physical needs. He suffered with really bad knees for many years. At times he would be walking along, his knee would give out, and he would just fall to the ground.  For many years he was able to pick himself back up and get on with his day; but as he aged, he was unable to get off of the floor on his own.

As my dad’s health deteriorated, he would wake up in the middle of the night needing to use the restroom, sit up, take a step or two and fall to the floor.  He wasn’t actually able to walk independently, but in the middle of the night he was simply operating out of habit. He fell more times than anyone should! He tried to remember not to get up but old habits are hard to break after so many years.

His doctors knew about his falling. They prescribed a transfer-type lift to assist in getting my dad up from floor. I studied the proper use of the transfer lift.  It was pretty complicated and required two people to roll him over on one side, then roll him back the other way trying to get the harness placed properly before attaching heavy chains on the harness and trying to position the big machine over him. It was a pretty harrowing experience. I picked my dad up a couple of times with this big lift and he became so scared that he would scream and holler to call the fire department. He was afraid he would fall out of the harness while he was suspended in the air.  I was too.

When his mind was clear, he was able to assist a bit in getting up from the floor. In late 2013 my father was falling two to three times a week.  Cathy could help him up for a while but as he became less able, she needed more help.  I would come up and help, sometimes a neighbor could help but often she was forced to call 911 and have the fire department come and get my dad off of the floor. For some time, the fire department came out multiple times every week.  My dad would scream in agony because he was so bruised from being picked up so regularly. It was horrible to see him in such distress. 

The fire department finally told Cathy that she needed to place him in a facility that was able to care for his issues and pick him up when he fell but dad flatly refused. Everyone wants to stay in their own home.  Cathy is truly an angel and took care of his every need.  She worked so hard to keep him at home. Together, we did whatever was necessary, knowing how unhappy he would be if he was forced into a care facility. People need tools to help them stay in their homes until the end of their life and my dad needed a Human Floor Lift!  

While I was assisting in the ongoing medical difficulties of my father, my 81 year-old mother started falling down at home.  She fell six times during one two-month period. After she fell, she would scoot across the floor and down the hall to get to the phone to call me. She lived across town and, when I was around, I could just run over and pick her up. It was a challenge when she fell in the middle of the night. And then she fell when I was working out of town. I sent my wife over to help but she couldn’t pick her up. She called a friend and together they could not get my mom up from the floor. They called another friend who came over to help. A couple of hours later my mom was up from the floor. She was sore for weeks after being stuck on the floor for hours.

The next time she fell, I was out of town and Mom had to call the fire department. They came but had to break into her locked house. They got her up and she was fine but she was horrified that these five men had to break into her house after she had fallen on the way to the bathroom. She wasn’t dressed properly. She was embarrassed and humiliated and did not want to go through that ever again. All she needed was help up! She told me that she would wait for me to get back to town before she called the fire department again. That was a scary thought.

 

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