What is a Patient Lift?
Patient lifts provide extra stability for mobility-impaired individuals during everyday transfers. They reduce caregiver strain and ensure loved ones can safety transition between environments without injuries. Whether you’re transferring from the bed to toilet, wheelchair to car, or any number or situations, we can help you find the perfect lift to accommodate your needs.
Selecting a Patient Lift: Basic Types
Manual lifts gently lift the patient through hydraulic levers. These are affordable lift options, and do require a limited degree of caregiver manpower to operate.
If you’d like to decrease the degree of caregiver strain when transferring, consider an electric lift. Powered by a battery pack or plug-in cord, these lifts can raise a patient with a push of a button.
Portable lifts are designed to easily fold down when not in use or break apart for travel. Easily exit a car, or station this lift in various areas of your home to assist with daily transfers.
For those with some degree of mobility who struggle only with rising from a seated position, a sit-to-stand lift is the solution. These lifts support a patient’s existing muscle control and strength, helping them safely rise to a standing position.
Additional Specialty Lifts
There are a wide number of additional specialty lifts which are built to perfectly accommodate other transfer situations in everyday life. Consider installing a ceiling lift in your home to minimize caregiver strain and deliver an identical lift every time. Bath or pool lifts are excellent options for water transfers. In the case of bariatric patients, heavy-duty patient lifts are avaiable for any weight capacity.
What Should I Consider When Purchasing a Patient Lift?
Caregiver strength: To what extent can the caregiver manually adjust, push, or carry the lift? If not at all, an electric lift may be a great fit.
Weight: What patient weight requirement does your lift need to accommodate?
Portability: Where will you be using your lift? Do you need to move it between rooms? Fold it down for storage? Travel with it?
Size: Given the size of your living space, can your lift maneuver around tight corners or hallways? Will you be lifting from bulky furniture, requiring an adjustable base?
Add-ons: Consider which slings you’d like to use with your lift (mesh, U-shaped, padded, etc) and other add-ons such as integrated digital scales or back-up power batteries.
If you have any questions about selecting the right patient lift for your needs, we encourage you to contact our team of product specialists!