Electric patient lifts, also called power lifts, are designed to make patient transfers smooth, easy, and safe for both the patient and the caregiver. Electric lifts are battery powered and can be operated by the touch of a button, requiring little physical exertion on the part of the caregiver.
Electric lifts are battery powered so that the lift can be moved without the restriction of a power cord. Many lifts can charge batteries directly in the unit, but also offer an off-unit charging option. By alternating between two batteries, you can ensure that your power lift has no downtime. Electric lifts often include a battery monitoring system, and all electric lifts offer a manual override so that you can safely transfer a patient in the event of a power outage.
The base widening feature on an electric lift may be either manual or powered. Powered bases are advantageous over manually operated bases because they do not require the caregiver to bend over to adjust the base. When a caregiver is caring for multiple patients a day, this powered option can make a significant difference in the caregiver’s comfort. Additionally, a powered base allows the caregiver to keep his or her attention focused on the patient during the transfer.
Power lifts typically cost more than manual lifts, but they also offer many valuable advantages. Power lifts reduce the physical demands on the caretaker, and they allow the caretaker to remain focused on the patient during the entire transfer. While powered patient lifts require that a battery be charged for use, this is a simple process when you have two batteries to alternate between.
Electric patient lifts are favored in many professional care settings, but home care settings may also benefit from their ease of use and the reduced physical demands of the caretaker.
Consider Specifications Carefully
Patient lifts have very specific specifications regarding weight capacity, required base clearance, base measurements, and more. Carefully consider the settings that you will be using an electric lift in when making your choice. You will want to make sure that the lift can fit beneath the furniture in your home or office, and that it can support all of the patients you will be caring for.
Don’t Underestimate the Importance of a Lift Range
Each electric lift that you see here has a specific lift range. The lift range refers to the positions that the lift can transfer a patient to and from. It’s important not to underestimate the value of a large lift range. Lifts which can transfer patients from both the floor and to a higher location, such as a bed or a chair, are highly versatile and allow you to provide comprehensive care. They are also invaluable in assisting a patient in the case of a fall.