Is Assist-A-Tray worth it?
Author: G.Guido Rodriguez PT, RT, about this author..⟩⟩
It sure is, I decided to review this Assist-A-Tray device that in my opinion is the best for the task, and give you some insights about it.
More often, a simple solution to complex problems works best; this is especially true for one of the most neglected items for those having difficulties standing up.
Difficulty to stand up after sitting in a soft and comfortable couch is a problem for a large number of people, and they often have to call someone to help.
Reasons for such a problem could be diverse, from spinal problems, trauma, aging, to various disease conditions.
Many people can walk with the help of assistive devices like walkers or crutches, but getting out of a couch is a big challenge for them and here is where a sofa or chair side handle device come into play.
This device is fitted either to couch or chair, and a person with some level of disability can hold it to assist themselves up.
Assist-A-Tray is a traditional couch side handle with a twist. It has a multi-purpose tray attached to it with a utensil compartment.
It is a swivel tray that can rotate to 360 degrees. It can serve to hold food items, computer or any other item used during daily activity.
When the tray is not needed, it can be rotated to other direction so that it does not disturb a person’s space or view.
Considering the different needs, the height of the Assist-A-Tray and handle are adjustable. The handle has a rubber pad for better and comfortable grip.
Assist-A-Tray is a couch side stand-up handle with a swivel tray that rotates 360 degrees. The height of both tray and handle is fully adjustable to meet the various needs.
Construction is sturdy and ergonomically designed and opposed to others weakly built trays you can put weight on it without fear to bend or break it.
The Size of Tray is 16” x 18.” with a weight Limit of 30 lbs.
The Height can be adjusted; tray: 26″-32″ and the handle will be: 34″-40.”
A very simple looking essential supportive element for anyone living with a disability, increasing freedom with functional mobility.
It is not just a simple handle but much more, its attached tray is easy to use, thanks to easily adjustable height and rotation features, not only it makes easier to get out of the couch, but every essential thing is within reach of your hand, be it a cell phone, a cup of coffee, tab or laptop.
PROS and CONS
- Amazing 360 tray swivel feature
- Most people also use it as a laptop table; I have even seen a lady who had one installed (screwed actually to the floor) by her bed to serve her to get out of bed easily and as a laptop tray to surf the web, watch movies or pictures
- It can be adjusted in length to fit either side of your sofa or chair.
- Lifetime Stander states that they will fix or replace your product if you are unsatisfied for any reason.
- Even though it is intended to be fitted under any sofa or chair, you have to be aware of light chairs if you are going to need to push hard on the handle.
- There have been reportings of light chairs or recliners tilting on people because they were pushing hard and forward on the handle when standing up, making it dangerous.
So, if you have to push/pull that hard on the handle of this device, it means you may be sitting too low.
An option for it would be to add some Recliner Risers, (if the legs of your recliner are wooded ) they will add a couple of inches making it easier to stand up and can be placed under the recliner and on the top of the Assist-A-Tray
- Not very stable on high carpet.
Here are a couple of videos from the manufacturer presenting its product, in case you are interested in watching them.
I want to mention something in this section.
Power lift chairs have become very popular on these days, I am not particular fond of them, due to they weaken people over time, but that is a different subject that I may address it in another article.
I have have heard histories from people who installed this wonderful Assist-A-Tray product under a power lift chair and guess what ….
They elevated themselves with the chair, moving all the weight ( the chair’s and theirs) to the front of the base, then pushed hard on the handle to stand up, catapulting themselves forward with chair and tray altogether…, very risky isn’t it, you can imagine the whole picture, Ouch!!.
So, if you are using a lifting chair device to assist in standing up, it basically overrides the purpose of using a handle for the same thing (enjoy the tray though), so, use the power chair “or” the handle, and common sense and you will be safe.
Conclusion and rating (0-100%) for Durability, Comfort Performance
You have two ways to install it on a sofa or chair; it could be standing on the outer or the inner side of the respective armrest.
My recommendation will be to place on the “outer “side if this is a chair, so you can use one hand on the handle to pull and one on the opposite chair’s armrest and push yourself up,
Many people tend to use both arms on it like in this picture
creating some twisting at the lower back which will aggravate any back problem and will be a restriction if you have spinal precautions from a surgery.
If you are about to install it on a Sofa, though, you may want to do it on the “inner side.”
Since you don’t have another armrest to push off from, the handle will be closer to your body allowing a better body mechanics with the sit-to-stand motion.
The Assist-A-tray provides more functionality. Its added tray to the couch side handle has transformed the simple element into a versatile device.
It is a must for anyone having difficulty in getting out of the couch or standing up from sitting position. Made to last long, it deserves a 5-star rating. Who would have guessed that such simple additions can have such a wonderful and comforting effect?
Just so you know, I am not affiliated in any way with this brand, I have seen, tested and reviewed some of its products, (like I do with multiple other brands) and they tend to fabricate good quality, innovative, safe and functional devices.
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