If you’re in the marketing for a patient lift for your home or facility, the first question you should ask yourself is whether you want an electric or a manual lift.
A manual patient lift
relies on power supplied by the operator—usually through a hydraulic pump. An electric patient lift
uses a motor, usually powered by a rechargeable battery. Manual lifts are usually less expensive because they require fewer parts; they have no electronics, motors, hand controls, control boxes, or batteries. On the other hand, although the hydraulic pumps are usually very easy to operate, they do require a little more effort than their electric counterparts.
Generally, hospitals and other facilities prefer the convenience of electric lifts, while manual lifts are a good choice for home settings. However, an electric lift may also be preferred in a homecare situation where there is only a single caregiver to operate it. With an electric lift, that caregiver can use one hand to operate the lift while the other steadies the patient.
But, the questions of electric vs. manual is just the beginning of the many patient lift options available to you.
Here are four of the most common types of patient lifts for uses beyond the basic:
can lift up to 1,000 pounds. They usually have legs that can be adjusted into a wide position for greater stability, yet close easily to maneuver through hallways and doorways.
are specifically designed to get a patient on his or her feet from a sitting position. They should only be used for patients who can support most of their weight while standing and have control of their heads and upper bodies.
are usually made from rust-free aluminum and germ-resistant plastic so they can be used inside a bathtub to raise and lower patients in and out of the water. Some models recline for extra comfort.
Like bath lifts, pool lifts
are designed to raise or lower patients in and out of water. They are usually used in pools (public or private) or hot tubs. Some models are deck-mounted, while others are portable and can be wheeled away for storage.
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