Patient lifts are an integral part of the home care setting. They make transfers and daily activates easier and they help eliminate injury both to the caregiver and to the patient. We recommend an assessment by a health care professional, such as an occupational therapist, physical therapist, or physician, prior to purchasing a Patient Lift..
Manual Patient Lifts - These lifts are manual and completely operated by the caregiver. They have hydraulic assists, lessening the weight that the caregiver has to move. These lifts are appropriate when cost is a significant factor. Also, these lifts accommodate various sling types and with no power supply needed, they are highly portable. Simultaneous care giving and pump operation maybe be challenging for some solo care givers.
Power Patient Lifts - These patient lifts are powered either through a standard electrical outlet or by a re-chargeable battery. The lifting is completely controlled through a hand control, eliminating any physical exertion by the caregiver. This allows the caregiver the freedom to focus on patient care. All of these models have manual back-up in case of power failure. With a power lift, self lifting by the patient is not recommended.
Stand-up Patient Lifts – This type of lift allows the patient to be moved easily from a sitting position. These lifts are of greater value when the patient goals are weight bearing practice and commode utilization. Hand grips on these lifts provide the patient with additional stability. This lift is for patients that have some upper body strength as well as head and neck control. Also, the patient must have the ability to bend at the hip and knee joints. Manual and Power models of this lift available.
Heavy Duty Bariatric Patient Lift – These lifts provide a 600 pound weight capability and an increased width that allows for greater stability. Manual and Power models of this lift are available.