Sit-to-Stand, or stand assist lifts, are a great solution for partially weight-bearing patients who have some mobility but require a helping hand.
These stand aids provide extra support as patients lift themselves to a standing position for transfer. Once on the lift, the caregiver can maneuver the patient to a chosen destination. These lifts are an ideal solution for patients who are:
Able to sit up unassisted
Able to physically hold onto a lift
Able to bend their ankles, knees, and hips
Sit-to-Stand lifts help patients gradually develop muscle strength over time, making them a great tool for rehabilitative settings. Patients take an active role in the transfer, increasing a sense of accomplishment and self-sufficiency.
They also simplify the transfer process between seated surfaces: rather than transferring from a lift, to wheelchair, to lift, the Sit-to-Stand lift can bring patients directly from their bed to the toilet (for example) without needing multiple pieces of equipment.
What Should I Consider When Purchasing a Sit-to-Stand Lift?
Manual vs Powered
Sit-to-Stand lifts can be operated manually or through a powered system. Manual lifts are generally more affordable and lightweight, operated with a simple hydraulic system. Powered lifts further reduce strain on caregivers, allowing them to use the lift with the push of a button. However, powered lifts can be more expensive and use batteries that must be recharged.
Many lifts come with slings that can be wrapped around the patient’s chest for additional support during transfer. This is especially helpful during the early stages of recovery when extra stability is needed.
What weight would you like your lift to accommodate? Most Sit-to-Stand lifts can bear up to 400+ lbs, but heavy-duty models are also available for bariatric patients.
Many lifts come with helpful add-ons and features to make transfers easier. These can include weight capacity alerts, a maintenance monitoring system, or even obstruction sensors that break the lift if an object or caregiver is in the way.
Not sure if a Sit-to-Stand lift is right for you? Contact our team of product specialists and we’d be happy to help!