The BestMove STA400 standing transfer aid is an entry-level device that is ideal for people who are able to stand on their own but may require some additional assistance. This manually powered device won’t break the bank so might be suitable for people who are recovering from an injury or surgery and who might not need the transfer aid permanently, but need an affordable solution.
This lightweight transfer aid is perfect for navigating tight spaces and will serve its purpose well in both commercial and residential situations. In this review, we will be talking you through some of the most important features and helping you to decide whether this is the right piece of equipment for you.
BestMove STA400 Standing Transfer Aid Specs
When choosing a standing transfer aid, you must think about the lifting range to make sure that it is in line with your needs. Buying anything outside of this will mean that the device cannot be used safely or for its purpose.
The BestMove STA400 standing transfer aid has a maximum lifting range of 26.7 inches and will take the patient from a standing to a seated position quickly and safely. What’s great about this piece of equipment is that the swivel seat can be moved into and out of position depending on the type of transfer you are doing.
However, the one downside to the BestMove STA400 standing transfer aid is that it is not designed to lift patients who have fallen to the floor. Unlike a patient lift, there is no lifting or pivoting action making this device only suitable for people who are able to take their own weight and stand by themselves.
One of the main selling points of the BestMove STA400 standing transfer aid is that this is such an affordable product. You will only need to pay around half the price of a standard electric lift, so it’s a great choice for people working to a tight budget.
This is because of the manual operation, which is smooth and super simple for the caregiver who won’t need to over-exert themselves during the transfer.
We would highly recommend checking the dimensions of any potential standing transfer aid to ensure that it is compatible with the rooms it will be used in. This is especially important for those who will be using it in a confined space such as a bathroom.
The great thing about this piece of equipment is that this is a relatively compact device that can be used in a variety of locations. For starters, the base height is low at just 4.5 inches meaning that the lift can be slid underneath furniture making transfers that much easier.
Moreover, the BestMove STA400 standing transfer aid benefits from an adjustable base that can be decreased from a maximum of 25 inches to a minimum of 16 inches. This allows you to move it around a wheelchair but limits the size when making your way through narrow corridors and doorways.
You will notice that most standing transfer aids and patient lifts come with a weight capacity of between 200 and 400 lbs. This will vary by device, so it’s important to check this to ensure that the equipment is compatible with the weight of the user. In the case of the BestMove STA400 standing transfer aid, it will comfortably lift up to 400lbs which is on the higher end of the scale making it suitable for a much wider range of users.
However, it is essential not to overload the lift, so if you are using this with a larger patient, then it may be worth sourcing a bariatric lift that will offer the right level of safety and support.
When transferring a user in and out of the device, it is crucial that safety is taken into consideration. With the BestMove STA400 standing transfer aid, there are locks on the rear castor wheels so that the device remains stable during the transfer.
The BestMove STA400 standing transfer aid is fitted with four sturdy castor wheels which are designed to be used on a variety of surfaces. No matter whether you are moving through a tiled bathroom or over a carpeted bedroom, you won’t struggle with friction or resistance.
What’s more, the wheels feature a lock on the rear part which enables the caregiver to keep the lift safe and secure while the patient gets in and out.
If there is anything that lets the BestMove STA400 standing transfer aid down, it’s that it is not designed to be portable for travel. The footplate cannot be removed and the equipment will not fold away for storage or transporting in a vehicle. If you are someone that travels a lot, this could be a significant drawback. Of course, there’s always the option of completely dismantling it, but that is far from convenient.
When moving the BestMove STA400 standing transfer aid from room to room, you want to feel confident that it isn’t going to cause fatigue for the caregiver. But what’s great is that this is such a lightweight piece of equipment.
At just 57lbs when unloaded, the BestMove STA400 standing transfer aid can be freely and smoothly moved around. With an adjustable base, you won’t need to worry about not being able to make it through a narrow doorway or through a tight corridor. This is one of the reasons the BestMove STA400 standing transfer aid is so suited to various indoor locations both commercial and domestic.
The comfort of the user is paramount, so it’s always important to look for features that offer this by the bucketload. Where the BestMove STA400 standing transfer aid is concerned, comfort is a priority with dual padded knee rests and a padded swivel seat.
While this type of device does not need a strap or any other support than the swivel seat, some patients may require a little more help with lifting up to a standing position. In this case, there are attachment hooks that allow for a strap to be used, should you need it. There’s also a comfortable grab rail for the user to steady themselves.
What We Like
We were very impressed by how easy the BestMove STA400 standing transfer aid is to use. It provides patients who need mild assistance with a way to actively but safely take part in a transfer with minimal assistance from their caregiver. The equipment is incredibly stable and offers a good level of comfort, so you’re getting the best of everything for a cost that won’t break the bank.
What’s more, the BestMove STA400 standing transfer aid is ideal for use all around the home as it has a compact and adjustable design that allows you to move from room to room without an issue. The smooth wheels offer the perfect balance of maneuverability and durability.
We also liked that the BestMove STA400 standing transfer aid offers a way to perform standing transfers for patients up to 400lbs. This is a generous weight capacity that makes this device suitable for a much wider range of patients.
What We Didn’t Like
One of the things that the BestMove STA400 standing transfer aid can’t do is pick patients up who have taken a fall. This equipment is designed only for standing transfers so doesn’t offer quite as much versatility as a traditional sit-to-stand lift which offers a similar function.
Moreover, the BestMove STA400 standing transfer aid cannot be folded or easily taken apart so it isn’t a good choice for travel or for people who need something that can be easily stored when not in use.
The BestMove STA400 standing transfer aid is a hard-working piece of equipment that is manually operated and is ideal for people who have some ability to stand by themselves. It would suit a person who needs a little extra help when sitting and standing perhaps because of fatigue from multiple transfers or because of pain.
The BestMove STA400 standing transfer aid is especially useful for toilet transfers thanks to the open back design and swing away seat. It allows for easy removal of garments so provides no hindrance when used this way.
We recommend that this device is only used by patients with good upper body and arm strength and who can balance themselves.