The base of the Ella is foldable for compact storage and transport. The upright column with all supports is easily lifted off the base and the folding mechanism requires only the loosening, not removing, of two screws.
With four locking castors with ball bearings, the Ella is easy to move along the floor and over obstacles up to 3cm high. Higher than that requires some help with lifting.
The tilt is operated either by foot pedal and hands (manual) or a handset (powered) and is stepless, meaning that you can set the angle to any desired position between 0° and 90°.
The height of the base is optimized for the foot rests to be as near to the floor as possible in upright position, while maintaining a low height for the column with supports when in horizontal position.
Access to the patient is made easy by making the front of the base frame open and having indented bends on the sides. The open front also allows the center column, and therefore the foot rests, to reach lower toward the floor.
The upright column is a custom-made aluminium extrusion with channels for attaching all the supports and accessories. The channels run through the full length of the column, allowing all components to be positioned freely, in relation to each other.
Attachment of the upright column to the base is very simple, with drop-in slots and one to two tightening screws, depending on product size.
The feet rest in sandals with two straps to keep the feet in place. The brackets, on which the sandals are attached, are used to position the sandals and adjust all angles as needed. Possible angle adjustments are flexion, dorsiflexion, supination, pronation (which enables leg abduction together with the width adjustment) and rotation around the upright axis, allowing the sandal to be turned around between supine and prone standing.
The sandals have high edges on the sides and back to support the heels and to prevent slip-off.
The Ella comes with knee supports that are comfortable, quick to fasten and provide excellent support. Comfortable paddings around the knee are tightened and fastened with a strap that is very easy to fasten with one hand, while holding the leg with the other hand; a recurring situation when securing the client into the stander.
The knee supports can be adjusted in width, height and angles for knee flexion as well as leg abduction.
For extra leg control, an additional larger knee support can be attached above the original to control the thigh. This is especially useful in cases with a lot of knee flexion to relieve some of the pressure on the knee.
The knee supports can be used as they are for both supine and prone standing, there is no need to turn them around in any way.
The pelvic support is positioned, as the name suggests, at the height of the pelvis. The four different sizes are dimensioned for each size, although they can be used in cross-sizing.
An optional de-rotational pelvic support is available, with the possibility to adjust the depth and angle around the lateral and vertical axis.
With additional padding on the top edge to add comfort in prone position, the thoracic trunk support differs from the pelvic support.
As with the pelvic support, the optional de-rotational mechanism is available also for the thoracic trunk support, making the Ella exceptionally adaptable to any postural challenges.
A belt with good support and a comfortable fit is used for both pelvic and thoracic trunk control. The belt goes around the trunk inside the lateral supports, which allows for a firm fit and prevents rotation of the trunk.
The belts have both hook & loop and buckle fastening, with 2-way adjusting in the front.
A range of lateral supports is available to further enhance the support of the trunk. Options vary from rigid to swing-away and swing-away flexible laterals. All are available in the standard inset version and a straight version, which allows some extra width adjustment for the pelvis and thoracic trunk.
The flexi laterals curve around the trunk to provide a secure feeling with a soft, yet firm touch, replicating the support given by the hands of a parent or therapist holding the trunk.
The swing-away mechanism makes transfers easier by swinging the lateral supports out of the way up to 180 degrees when getting the client either in or out of the stander.
All lateral supports are individually height, width and angle adjustable around the anteroposterior axis.
For assistance in therapeutic activities, the Ella comes with a tray that is height, depth and angle adjustable. As an option, you can choose a tray with a bowl.
The tray is made of moulded ABS and is available in three sizes.
Support for the head and neck is provided by a head rest. It is adjustable in height, depth and due to a ballrod fastening, in all angles.
The head rest is available in 10” and 14” widths.
The head rest hardware; vertical and horizontal bars, are adaptable with a wide range of commonly used special head rests. The horizontal bar can be replaced with any 12x12mm or ½ x ½ inch bar.
Sometimes it is useful, or even necessary, to block the arms from throwing backwards and to push the shoulders forward. The shoulder protraction pads are width and angle adjustable, allowing the shoulders to be positioned as required.
These are only used in supine standing. Chest harness brackets are included with the shoulder protractors.
Using a chest harness will allow more control for the shoulders, by retracting against the thoracic trunk support and/or the shoulder protractors. As with the protractors, the chest harness is also mainly used in supine standing.
While they are included with the shoulder protractors, the chest harness brackets are also available on their own.
The set includes the brackets with cam locks as well as cam locks for the lower harness fastening on the top of the pelvic support plate.
For quick setup with multiple users for one stander, a measure tape on the side of the upright extrusion comes in handy. This allows the therapist or parent to position the supports to the correct height for a specific individual’s setup.