Niagara Children’s Centre is proud to announce the installation of a new mechanical lift system for their Complex Needs and Physical Medicine clinic room. The total investment totalling over $5,100 came as a donation from the Rotary Club of Welland, who has been a supporter of the Centre for over 50 years.
Niagara Children’s Centre is proud to announce the installation of a new mechanical lift system for their Complex Needs and Physical Medicine clinic room. The total investment totalling over $5,100 came as a donation from the Rotary Club of Welland, who has been a supporter of the Centre for over 50 years.
With the recent expansion of Niagara Children’s Centre’s medical clinics, the Centre is seeing more clients who require a mechanical lift to transfer them from their wheelchair to an examining table.
 
Track lifting (where the device is mounted to a track system in the ceiling) is the most efficient and easiest system to move a client to a fixed treatment area.  It provides the highest level of comfortability and is the safest way to move larger children and youth served by Niagara Children’s Centre.
“Children and youth who are unable to transfer themselves into and out of their wheelchair and are in excess of a particular weight present challenges to parents/caregivers and clinicians including our physicians. In order to provide an effective examination and/or provide intervention, the child/youth needs to be out of their chair and placed on a suitable surface. The track lifting system enables us to safely and conveniently move the child from their wheelchair to a platform bed without risking injury to the child, the caregivers or the clinicians. It also allows our families who are considering a similar system for their homes an opportunity to see how the equipment works and to see if it will meet the needs of their child.” shares Dorothy Harvey, Manager Rehabilitation Services at Niagara Children’s Centre.
 
Approximately 40-50 clients will benefit from the use of this lift, when they are attending their clinic appointments at the Centre.
 
“Rotary Club of Welland is committed to giving back to the community and supporting Niagara Children’s Centre in their pursuit to provide excellent care for families in Niagara. We feel a strong sense of pride that the installation of the track lift will allow for safer and more efficient transfers for children receiving treatment at Niagara Children’s Centre. It’s our pleasure to be involved in giving back to the community in such a meaningful way,” stated Tamara Coleman-Lawrie, Club President.