"I've been meaning to write ever since we got the lift (last month!)... I want you to know that the Take-Along has worked miracles for us! We use it constantly, and can't imagine how we got along without it. I can't tell you what a relief it is for us to see my petite, 79-year-old mom able to lift and maneuver my 85-year-old, 180 lb. dad!! We live about a half hour's drive from them, so she's on her own with him all day. I drive up there most every night to help her get him to bed; we were all thumbs at first, but now we're getting quite efficient as a team, throwing those straps on and cranking away (very carefully, of course!).
My dad is in the advanced stages of Alzheimer's Disease... Also, if he feels the least bit unstable, he becomes very frightened, and his arms and legs flail uncontrollably. Because of this, we knew that a Hoyer type of "dangling" lift would never work. Your lift, though, is perfect. He just sits there securely in the sling, calmly and happily whistling "Chopsticks" (his usual habit!) without ever batting an eye. I don't think he's even aware that he's being lifted/maneuvered.
Obviously, a lot of thought and care went into your design, which we recognize and appreciate. We were amazed to see that the lift fits ANYWHERE in the house, including the bathroom. Not only does it fit around the toilet (which is in a very tight little corner), but it will also then turn 180 degrees (it really turns on a dime!), enabling us to sit dad down on a tub bench which we can then slide into the bath... We use both the slings, and they work equally well (dad doesn't seem to mind being in the open sling at all!)... we've had no problems whatsoever. The lever that switches between the two positions of the feet (wide and narrow), works smoothly and easily. Thanks to those two positions, we can use the lift anywhere in our house, in any situation. We haven't tried putting him in the car yet, but I'm sure it'll work--I'm looking forward to it (after we've tested and practiced the maneuver on ourselves first)!
Sorry it took so long for me to write, especially considering how appreciative we are. Every health care worker who's seen dad has raved about the lift, so we always give them your website info. Dad's doctor, in particular, was so impressed with what she saw on the website (before we got the lift) that she wrote a glowing recommendation to mom's insurance company, stating that the lift was a "medical necessity" for mom to be able to keep dad at home. ... Mom REALLY wants to keep dad at home as long as possible, and I'm convinced that he'd be in a nursing home by now if it weren't for that lift.
So, thank you so much for a wonderful product--we're truly glad we found you in time."