The Lindy Slider was invented by a Caregiver, for Caregivers.
Once she was bed-bound, I quickly learned that when the back of her bed was raised, she would slide down towards the foot of the bed. Keeping my mom ‘up’ in bed was a real challenge. It was just impossible for me to reposition her by myself. I would ask my son to help me, but even with his help, it was still difficult–and it was taking a toll on my back. The Chiropractor said, “no more”.
I searched the internet to find something to help, and I tried everything I found, with no real success. I asked the home-care agency for solutions, and their best suggestion was the Hoyer-style patient lift. That was great for getting her out of bed and into her wheelchair. But, that thing took up a lot of space in her room. AND, it took almost 15 minutes to get poor Mom wrangled into the sling and hoisted up…just to move her 10-12 inches!? There was one incredible option that was clearly designed for hospitals, but the cost was a show-stopper. It was way more than I could afford—it was about the price of a used car.
There had to be a better way!
So, it was time to get innovative and create something ourselves.
There were many early efforts that failed. Eventually, my husband felt sorry for me floundering. He graciously took over the engineering part. We experimented with more than a dozen different versions. He worked tirelessly on the design to make it compact but robust, and powerful enough to move someone who weighs up to 325 pounds; as well as quiet, and comfortable for the patient!
Finally, we arrived at what we know today as The Lindy Slider. It’s named after my mom, Linda. It was exactly what I needed!
Mom passed away before we finished the Lindy Slider, but we used it daily with my dad, who had stage 5 kidney failure. It was a game-changer for me. Dad was very excited to be part of Lindy Slider, and he played the patient in our video.
Making a Lindy Slider is not cheap, but we were determined to keep the cost as low as possible, and to make it here in the U.S.A. While it’s not cheap, the price is much less than a long-term disability due to a back injury would cost. And, it’s definitely not as expensive as a car. So, for the cost of about three dozen chiropractic visits, you too can benefit from our experience.
We’re so excited to share our solution with other caregivers. We know, firsthand, the sacrifices care-givers make to care for their loved ones. We want to make care-giving easier.
Our hope is that the Lindy Slider becomes an integral part of the daily care routine for care providers all over the world.
We would love for you to share your story about how The Lindy Slider has made care giving easier, for you. Click here.