Rifton Solo Lift

What if a lift could save your back, streamline your workflow and treat your clients with greater dignity?

Welcome to the Rifton SoloLift: a device to transfer clients from sitting to standing anywhere in your facility— efficiently—with zero lifting.

  • Dramatically simplifies all transfers, even into a forward-loading gait trainer
  • Transfers in a natural sit-to-stand arc, providing unprecedented comfort, stability and dignity
  • Radically simplifies toileting through the unique Rifton SoloVest, which lifts entirely from above the waist
  • Accommodates all clients, up to 350 lbs., even those with no weight-bearing ability
  • Reduces the risk of staff injuries—and thus lowers insurance and turnover costs
  • Together with the Adapter accessory, the SoloVest can now be used with overhead tracking.


A new way to transfer
Because the Rifton SoloLift lifts from above the waist, there’s no wrestling with straps or slings during undressing for toileting.

Lift Arm
The Rifton SoloLift’s padded lift arm lifts from behind the client, so there’s nothing looming overhead. For front-loading transfers, a push-button pivot mechanism turns the client 180° while supported upright, then latches for security. When not in use, the arm swings out of the way for safety.

Lifting Motion
A natural lifting motion
The back of the SoloVest clips to the lifting arm, so the client is lifted in a natural nose-over-toes position.
This comfortable arc-like motion mimics sit-to-stand positioning, making transfers more secure and dignified.
The client can maintain eye contact with the caregiver and can hold the padded bar for added stability.
For many transfers, the client’s feet need never leave the ground.

Solo Vest
Innovative SoloVest
The key to SoloLift’s above-the-waist operation is the SoloVest. Available in small (green), medium (light blue) or large (dark blue). The SoloVest is made with medical-grade anti-microbial and anti-slip materials for durability, and complies with ISO10535:2006 and EN-12182 standards. See the SoloVest page for more information.

Leg Straps
The simplest of leg straps

For seated transfers, the SoloLift’s leg straps couldn’t be simpler. Just grab the T-handle, thread the strap behind the client’s knees from either direction, and hook it onto the large ball on the frame. It’s quick, there’s no pinching, and clothing remains easily accessible for toileting.

The built-in scale on the SoloLift is discreet and accurate. Now you can transfer and weigh at the same time – no extra positioning or steps needed. Measuring weight loss or gain is as simple as pressing a button, not wheeling someone down the hall and onto a special scale.

Easy-to-use controls
Operate the SoloLift with simple buttons on the hand pendant.

Zero assembly and long battery life
From the moment it arrives, the SoloLift makes life easier for caregivers, clients and facility. No tools or assembly is required. And it comes with two long-lasting batteries (40 – 50 lifts per charge each) and two wall chargers so that both batteries can be left charging at times when your facility is closed.

Base & Frame
A streamlined base and frame
Compact and low-profile, the Rifton SoloLift can be stored in a small space and can pass through a standard 32″ door with ease. An ergonomic foot pedal expands and retracts the frame legs for transfers to and from wheelchairs or gait trainers. And lockable casters make the SoloLift mobile, yet secure.


The built-in scale on the SoloLift is discreet and accurate. Now you can transfer and weigh at the same time – no extra positioning or steps needed. Measuring weight loss or gain is as simple as pressing a button, not wheeling someone down the hall and onto a special scale.

Scale Read-out
The read-out is simple to operate. The zero function is clearly marked, a button toggles between pounds and kilograms, and if you forget to turn it off it will automatically shut off after 20 minutes.

Scale Location
The SoloLift scale read-out is discreetly located in easy sight of the caregiver but not the client. Simple weighing instructions are located nearby. More detailed instructions and information can be found in the

Partial Weight-bearing Progress
The built-in scale can be zeroed out while lifting the client off the ground. Then, as the client is lowered and weight is transferred to the ground, the display will show precisely how much weight is being borne, allowing the clinician to measure over time the client’s weight-bearing progress.

The actual scale mechanism is housed unobtrusively within this cover at the base of the lifting arm.


Fits a variety of clients
Available in small (green), medium (light blue) or large (dark blue), the SoloVest can be comfortably used by most clients – even those with no weight-bearing ability. The SoloVest accommodates both female and male clients.

Above-the-waist lifting
The innovatively designed SoloVest is the key to the SoloLift’s above the waist operation. With no straps below the waist, there’s no lifting or wrestling required to prepare the client for transfer, and clothing remains easily accessible for toileting. In fact, transfers to a commode or toilet are faster and more dignified than ever.

Soft under the arms
Foam padding ensures comfort and skin protection around the client’s arms and upper torso.

Unique lifting action
The SoloLift lifting arm attaches to the SoloVest at the client’s upper back, enabling a natural sit-to-stand motion and controlled, uniform pressure during transfer. Hook attachment draws the vest into a secure hug-like hold; the ample surface area of the vest assures patient comfort.

High-quality components
The exterior of the SoloVest is made with tough 420 Denier nylon fabric. The interior fabric is anti-slip, medical grade material, which complies with ISO10535:2006 and EN-12182 standards.

Hug-like security
The SoloVest is designed with a unique combination of segmented, contoured plastic shells and foam padding at the base of the vest. This innovative system gently, yet securely, grips the client’s torso during transfer, distributing pressure evenly for comfort and security. The soft upper portion of the vest guarantees comfort for all clients without inappropriate pressure.

Simple straps and buckles
The SoloVest tightens with just two straps secured by automotive-grade snap-in buckles.

A new addition to the SoloVest, the t–handle helps caregivers snug–up the SoloVest.

Adapter Strap
The adapter strap connects to the spreader bar on most overhead (or ceiling–mounted) lifts. It connects the two carbiner clips on the back of the vest with the hooks on typical spreader bars.

How is the Sololift different from the mobile sling lift I’m familiar with?

Many organizations have purchased mobile sling lifts for patient transfers, but staff often finds them to be cumbersome, inconvenient, and limited in the types of transfers they can accommodate. As a result, these expensive devices gather dust while caregivers resort to dangerous manual lifting.

The Sololift is superior to mobile sling lifts in five key ways:

  1. The Sololift requires just one caregiver and no pre-transfer lifting.
  2. Because transfers are fast, easy, and convenient – the SoloLift is used consistently.
  3. The SoloLift can transfer to a standing device such as a prone stander or gait trainer.
  4. An unconventional above -the-waist design radically simplifies toileting.
  5. The Sololift’s upright positioning is more dignified and comfortable for clients.

+What are the weight and height limits for use of the SoloLift?
To use the SoloLift, the client’s weight must not exceed 350 lbs and their height must not exceed 6’4’’.

+Is the SoloVest comfortable for women?

The vest is designed to be comfortable for both women and men. Above the contoured, segmented plastic shells and foam padding at the base of the vest is a soft upper portion that ensures comfort without excessive pressure. This innovative system gently, yet securely, grips the client’s torso during transfer, distributing pressure evenly.

+How do I decide which SoloVest to use?

The SoloVest is available in small, medium and large sizes. See the User Dimensions page to determine which size your client needs. For the client whose weight and girth measurements are met by either of two sizes, try the smaller vest first.

To check the fit, determine:

  1. Do the armpit cutouts line up with the client’s underarms?
  2. Are there at least 2 inches of overlap between the front panels, when straps are fully tightened and buckles closed?

Choosing the right size vest depends on the shape of the client’s torso, their arm and shoulder muscle tone, and how much of their own weight they can bear on their lower extremities. The therapist supervising the transfer should evaluate these factors.

+Will the SoloVest ride up on the client during transfer?

The overall design and anti-slip material of the inner lining of the vest helps prevent it from riding up on the client during transfer. However, if the vest is not secured snugly or fitted too high, it may ride up the trunk. That’s why it’s important to position the bottom of the vest at or below the client’s waistline. Position the vest as low as possible; you can press down on the plastic shell inserts in the vest for best positioning. Then, overlap the vest flaps securely and firmly, and tighten the straps snugly, starting with the lower strap.
Observe the client closely as lifting is initiated. The more he leans forward, the more comfortable he will be. If the vest starts to slide up, or your client seems uncomfortable, just lower the Lift Arm until the client is seated, and adjust the vest. Or, try the smaller vest, if appropriate.

+Does the SoloVest cause pressure under the client’s arms during the transfer?

No. The soft upper portion of the vest assures client comfort without pressure to the axillary area. The vest must be fitted low on the trunk and secured well prior to transfer.

+What if above-the-waist lifting is difficult with my client?

The SoloLift is designed for use with both non–weight–bearing and partially weight–bearing individuals. Lifting successfully from above the waist isn’t always easy and depends on several factors, including your client’s 1) muscle tone, 2) body shape, 3) weight, 4) weight-bearing ability, and 5) clothing.

If you make all the recommended adjustments and your client’s vest still slides up, there’s an alternate configuration of the leg straps that may help by supporting some of your client’s weight from below:

  1. Put your client’s vest on as usual
  2. Disconnect the leg straps from beneath the center of the swinging bar, and rehook them to the two rings at the back of the vest
  3. Bring the straps down between the client’s legs and secure by looping the rings over the blue knobs.

+Can I use the SoloLift for clients with MS or muscular dystrophy? What about a client with a G-tube or back brace?

The ongoing guidance of a qualified professional is required for use of this product. The SoloLift has been used successfully with a diverse range of clients, including some individuals with these cases. Always have a qualified professional assess your client’s unique medical circumstances before using the SoloLift.

+Can the SoloLift be used to transfer to or from a supine or prone position?

No. The client must be placed in a seated position before being lifted with the SoloLift.

+Can the SoloLift position a client on an exam table?

Yes. The SoloLift can lift a client into a seated position on a table (37″ maximum height). The caregiver can then pivot the client around and into a supine position if necessary.

+Can the SoloLift help with pressure mapping?

Yes. The SoloLift is ideal for lifting a client up and down during pressure mapping because there’s nothing below the waist to interfere with the mapping process.

+Can I use the SoloVest with our overhead tracking system?

Yes, the SoloVest can be used with overhead tracking, but only if the R704 Adapter is used. The SoloVest will not work with a Hoyer-type lift.

+Can I use the SoloVest with a Hoyer-type lift?

No. The SoloVest is not compatible with a Hoyer-type lift.

+Can the Swing Arm portion of the Lifting Arm unexpectedly drop down?

No. The arm is designed with a spring to balance the weight of the arm. It will stay in place in any position until it is moved.

+What do I need to know about the battery?

There are two batteries provided with every SoloLift, along with two wall-mounted chargers. One battery remains on the wall charging while the other is on the SoloLift. When the SoloLift battery needs charging, simply exchange it for the charged battery. Two wall-mounted chargers have been included with your SoloLift to ensure that both batteries can be left charging at times when your facility is closed.

Depending on the weight of your clients, a battery is capable of 40–50 lifts between charges. When the battery needs charging, the indicator light on the front of the hand pendant will illuminate. There is also an indicator display on the SoloLift itself. Remove the battery from the control box, and secure it to one of the two wall-mounted chargers that come with the product. The charger and indicator light will shut off automatically when charging is complete.

The batteries should be charged regularly to ensure maximum battery life. Charging normally takes about six hours; if it takes more than eight hours, the battery should be replaced.

The SoloLift has a 10% duty cycle, which means that for every minute that the SoloLift is operated, it requires ten minutes at rest. The SoloLift with SoloVest is designed for short-duration transfers only; it is not made for continuous use.

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