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Jun 10, 2008
Loved one DX
Hi, I'm new. My dad has been diagnosed with hereditary spastic paraparesis. He has had symptoms for at least 20 years. I don't know whether I am posting in the right place or not.

My mom takes care of my dad and has been doing all his transfers. He has been able to stand for a few seconds if my mom could get him upright. That's how she has been able to get him out of the wheelchair and into bed or into the car. He does not seem to be able to straighten his knees anymore, and my mom who is 76 can't get him up high enough to get him into bed. I've been helping her, but even with two of us, we can barely do it.

I have been trying to do some research on the internet about what kind of lift we might get. She has a used hoyer and we were trying to figure out how to use it, but she was having trouble turning the knob that makes it go up or down (she has very little grip). I have seen the voyager easy track mentioned a couple of times. I also saw something called the multilift. I was interested in that because it says it can work with a car. They don't have a wheelchair accessible van, just the car, and I have been concerned about how he is going to be able to get in and out of the car. Has anyone used this kind of lift for a car and does anyone know if it works for getting from wheelchair to bed.

Thank you for any help anyone might be able to offer.
Hi Knxx. Welcome to the forum. I am sure we can help with the question on lifts. Some diseases have a lot in common and certainly the equipment does. THanks for joining us. Cindy
I use the Voyager lift system in the bedroom to get in and out of bed from the wheelchair. You can view a video showing this at:
For more information go to:

This will not work getting into and out of a car. For this I would recommend a transfer sliding board. You can see one of these at:
There are many manufactures of these. You have to be careful using these as parts of the body can get pinched in the transfer sliding track if you are not careful. The one I have is ccurved so you can use it to get in and out of a car and miss the door of the vehicle. These are difficult to use.
Anyone else have any suggestions?
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