Rifton SoloLift - A complete guide

The Rifton SoloLift is a simple, secure, stable and safe mobile patient lift which is among the best mobile patient lifts on the market today. The Rifton SoloLift has revolutionized patient lifting and transfer operations for both the children and adults with special needs. The sit-to-stand movement of the Rifton SoloLift replicates the natural arc of standing which promotes the patient’s participation and dignity during transfers.

The Rifton SoloLift can be used to transfer patients safely from a sitting position to an upright position so the user can be strapped to a supportive walker or standing device. The SoloLift can also be used for patients with low motor controls and poor weight bearing skills.

The Rifton SoloLift can also be used to transfer the patient from a stander or wheelchair to a toilet or commode. For toileting transfers, the Rifton SoloVest Sling can be attached above the patient’s waist, providing easy access to patient’s clothing prior to toileting. The SoloLift is designed to surround the patient during transfers. The SoloVest tightly hugs the patient, the Leg Straps support the patient’s legs, and padded bar may be used for additional support and balance so that the patient feels very safe and secure during transfers.

Rifton SoloLift Features

  • Frame
  • Batteries
  • Lift Arm
  • Swing Arm
  • Leg Straps and Handhold Bar
  • The SoloVest


Rifton SoloLift’s compact and low-profile frame can pass through a standard 32" door with ease, and can be stored in a small space. A foot pedal expands and retracts the width of the SoloLift frame for transfers to and from wheelchairs, gait trainers, and toilets. The two rear casters lock, to make the SoloLift stable.

The foot pedals can be pressed down to expand the frame legs and allow the patient to access a wheelchair or a walker with convenience. A crossbar makes it easy for the caregiver to maneuver the SoloLift.


The Rifton SoloLift comes with a control box which contains two batteries and a wall-charger. While using the SoloLift, the caretaker should be careful as the battery is not made for continuous use. It has a 10% duty cycle, which means that for every minute that the SoloLift is operated, it requires ten minutes at rest.

The batteries of the SoloLift should be charged frequently to ensure maximum battery life. It is advisable to fully recharge the battery after each day of use. The Rifton SoloLift also comes with a low battery indicator light on the front of the hand control which lights up when the batteries need charging.

To recharge the SoloLift battery, remove it from the control box and secure it to the wall-mounted charger. Charging normally takes about six hours; if it takes more than eight hours, the battery should be replaced. The charger and indicator light shut off automatically when charging completes.

Lift Arm and Swing Arm

The Rifton SoloLift's padded, low profile Lift Arm lifts the patient from behind in a natural motion. The Swing Arm is designed with a spring to balance the weight of the arm and will stay in any position until it is moved further. There is padding along the Lift Arm and behind the patient’s head for added protection and safety. The SoloVest hooks on the SoloVest are the quality standard used by cliff climbers. The SoloLift can transfer up to 275 lbs.

The Rifton SoloLift comes with a blue lever on the Swing Arm that locks and unlocks the Swing Arm’s pivoting function. A patient can be turned 180° in place. Push the lever up to free the lock and rotate the patient. Pull the lever back down to lock after the rotation is complete.

Leg Straps and Handhold Bar

For seated transfers, two convenient leg straps are available. These come in one size for all patients, with a T-handle for easy grab hold by the caregiver. Place the leg strap behind and under the client's knees, and hook it onto the frame. The simple ring attachment makes securing the clients legs quick, intuitive, and pinch-free.

The SoloVest

The Rifton SoloVest for the SoloLift comes in two sizes: Small (70 lbs and up; girth 24"-40") and Large (up to 275 lbs; girth 30"-52") sizes. The circumference of the patient’s trunk has a big effect on vest size selection. For some patient, the large vest, with more surface area, may be preferred for comfort during transfer. However, the small vest may be less likely to slide up on the trunk of the patient.

The SoloVest enables the Rifton SoloLift to perform a natural sit-to-stand motion with controlled, uniform pressure and even distribution of body weight during transfer. The patient’s torso is gently, yet securely, held during the transfer; the ample surface area of the vest distributes pressure evenly.

The more the patient leans forward, the more comfortable it will be for them. The non-slip fabric sewn into the lining prevents the SoloVest from riding up on the patient during a transfer. This medical-grade, anti-microbial material is durable, and can be wiped down regularly for cleaning.

Because of so many unique features, the SoloLift is in a class of its own. The natural lifting arc, the unique lifting arm, the ergonomically designed SoloVest, all contribute to make the Rifton SoloLift one of the most innovative and user-friendly Mobile Patient Lift available on the market today.

How to use Rifton SoloLift

The Rifton SoloLift is a simple, secure, stable and safe mobile patient lift which is among the best mobile patient lifts on the market today. Like every other special needs equipment, the caregiver is required to be utmost careful while using the Rifton SoloLift to transfer the patient.

The following instructions are for a single caregiver; however, for each transfer, the caregiver must assess whether additional caregivers are needed, to expedite transfer.

  1. Lock wheels on patient equipment prior to transfer.
  2. Position the SoloVest around the patient’s trunk and pull the straps tight.
  3. Extend SoloLift base legs if necessary.
  4. Roll the Rifton SoloLift up to the patient with the swing arm in the up position.
  5. Once the SoloLift is in position, rotate the Swing Arm down behind the patient and lock the SoloLift rear casters.
  6. Attach SoloVest hooks onto the SoloLift Swing Arm and undo the patient’s wheelchair seatbelt.
  7. Activate the lift by using the hand control.

Like all Rehab Medical Equipment, patient safety is the responsibility of the caregiver at all times. Correct use of the Rifton SoloLift requires the prior approval and ongoing guidance of a qualified therapist or physician. Professional advice is necessary to determine whether use of the SoloLift is appropriate for each patient.