Rachel Harness – Paediatric Sling

The Rachel Harness is ideal for communal activities and play, the Rachel Harness is a more inclusive transfer & support aid.

Selecting the right sling is crucial to a child’s comfort, independence and dignity.

From £200.00

Please Call 01522 420091 to Discuss Your Ordering Options

What is it?

The Rachel Harness is smart, fun, light weight and enables a child or adult to build their confidence when standing or sitting and can be worn all day, as a jacket

The Rachel Harness was designed and released on to the Market in 2002 and was originally inspired by a little boy called Oliver who wanted to be included in play and floor tasks at school but needed the extra security that a hoist harness would allow. The Rachel harness was designed not to replace a sling but to provide a solution which would encourage natural patterns of movement, improve standing tolerance, be used in rehabilitation and reduce handling.

Studies have shown that developing motor ability in children with disabilities has a direct effect on their life span. The benefits of physical activity encouraged by the Rachel Harness can improve muscle strength, muscle function and aerobic capacity.

Research has supported the notion that strength is directly related to motor function; strengthening programs focusing on the lower extremities have been shown to improve functional abilities such as walking and have been used over recent years particularly in strength programs for those with Cerebral Palsy.

The Rachel Harness provides an additional layer of safety for those end-users who have are using a strength training program focusing on the lower extremities.

Disabled adults and children benefit from improved balance, motion control, joint movement, coordination and improves quality of life and feelings of well-being. This hugely popular hoist-able jacket has a quick clip-on, clip-off tape attachment allows the caregiver to quickly attach the user to the hoist if required, no need to worry about children who do not want to sit still long enough for a sling or harness to be applied. Manufactured in a high density open weave mesh, durable and can be used for bathing as drains freely and is quick drying.

Ideal for communal activities and play, the Rachel Harness is a more inclusive transfer/support aid specifically designed to give young end users independence, allow for physical rehabilitation and develops social skills. Perfect for schools, residential care and homecare.

Detachable tapes allow for hoisting to take place without impeding the end user’s ability to play once transferred. Is also perfect for parents who are unable to lift their child themselves, promoting independent transfers.

Available in one material type:
Mesh – High density open weave mesh, durable, used for bathing as quick drying. SUITABLE FOR BATHING

Wash at 85°C – Tumble dry low heat (max 50°C)

NB: Images above show adjustable sliding tapes. Product will be supplied with colour coded Silva-Safety Slot® tapes as standard.


Extra Extra Small, Extra Small, Small, Medium, Large


Transfer Type


Lift Type



Support Type



Attachment Type

Loop fixing spreader bar

User Physicality

Active alert and able to participate

Good head control

Good head trunk and hip control

Limited mobility

Not suitable for poor skin integrity issues

Some weight bearing ability







Weight Limit

220 kgs / 35 stone / 485 lbs

Mobility FIM Measure

1 2 3 & 5
(Mobility FIM measure only – please see tab for further detail)

Available Material



Please Note: Measurements are given for guidance and only reflect the design stated. If you require a custom made sling or have any further questions regarding Silvalea sizing please contact us for more help.

XX Small 43-59cm 34-38cm 32cm 39cm
X Small 59-77cm 38-44cm 37cm 40cm
Small 77-87cm 44-50cm 41cm 48cm
Medium 87-107cm 50-57cm 47cm 51cm
Large 97-117cm 57-64cm 54cm 62cm
X Large 112-132cm 64-69cm 61cm 66cm

Lift type-guide

Lift Type: KEY

Active – end user is active and can participate in transfer

Passive Lift – end user can maintain passivity or has limited mobility

Extensive – end user has limited body control and/or suffers from extreme extensions.

Mobility FIM"

Functional Independence Measure

The Functional Independence Measure (FIM) scale assesses physical and cognitive disability. This scale focuses on the burden of care – that is, the level of disability indicating the burden of caring for them.


  1. Transfers: bed/chair/wheelchair
  2. Transfers: toilet
  3. Transfers: bathtub/shower
  4. Transfers: car
  5. Locomotion: walking/wheelchair
  6. Locomotion: stairs

Sling Shape

Approximate visual representation of sling design.

Instructions of Use

Happy Customers

Bathing Cradle Review

Hi Andrew

We have had a really exciting day today: our pupil has tried the Shower Cradle in the pool and it is absolutely amazing!! We set it up this morning with the rolls and headrest ect and the pupil has just been in the water independently for the first time with the TA beside and not needing to hold on to support at all.

we have shown it to lots of staff and will now start assessing other pupils to see how many more would benefit from using the cradle. it is so adaptable with the adjustable mesh/tilt feature and the different loops to hoist it into the water and it will make such a difference to our less mobile pupils.

Parent of Blind 10yo Child

“Being 10yrs old, blind unable to talk or walk would be enough to moan about for most…yet our daughter didn’t moan…until we got the Durance Junior chair.!!

She loves it so much that unless we get her out of her wheelchair, after school or hospital trips and into her comfy Durance Junior she wont stop moaning…she loves it.

Great personalised service were the customers needs are put first…Many other companies would do well to learn from Andrew at ambre-stone”

Team Lead for Children’s Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy

I have just been sent the most wonderful photo of ………  in her Durance chair.  Her mum is thrilled that …….. is finally comfortable.

Many thanks.  Sorry I cannot share this photo with you but take it from me she looks fab.

Good job!

Professional Occupational Therapist

Using The Hugga system has resulted in demonstrable and measurable clinical improvements, protection or maintenance of body shape for my clients. A highly effective solution to postural care.

General Manager, Barchester Care Home

Having worked with Andrew providing care equipment support over a long period, I can share my appreciation of the genuine way he looks after his customers and clients a like. Someone who I have been happy to trust.

Critical Patient Carer, Hospital – Birmingham

The chairs are light and easy to move, meaning that they can be quickly manoeuvred to reach the patients who need them the most, and are ideally suited to the fast-paced Critical Care environment. Great service – thanks!

Manager, Assisted Living Centre

I find Ambre-Stone Healthcare very professional and competent with our patients, assessing their needs with our therapists – so correct equipment is put in place at all times.

Very reliable, knowledgeable about equipment helpful and most of all very friendly!


Matron, NHS Hospital

I would just like to say that the service we receive from Andrew Smith at Ambre-Stone is excellent. He always rises to any challenge we set him.  I know I can ring him at a moment’s notice if a piece of equipment needs attention.

Patient Carer, Barchester Care Home

The guys at AmbreStone Healthcare Equipment always give excellent advice and from there years of knowledge in the healthcare industry, they give efficient professional service.