All the information you should know before investing in a patient lifter for your home.
As with most products these days, patient lifters have come a long way since the first mechanical lifts were introduced to the market more than 20 years ago.
Important: only one of these styles will be appropriate for your unique requirements.
On this site you'll find everything you need to know about all the newest patient handling products available. After reviewing all of the options you'll have the knowledge to be able to confidently decide which product best suits the unique needs of your homecare patient and care giver.
You're about to make an important and significant investment, we recommend you take the time to explore all your options so that the transfer process of your homecare patient is as safe and as comfortable as possible. It's important to remember that there are many circumstances where one particular style of patient lifter is just not going to do the job correctly.
In fact, you could even make your life more difficult, unsafe and uncomfortable by choosing the wrong product.
Why should I invest in a patient lifter?
Caring for a loved one at home can be a bittersweet mix of emotions. You will no doubt experience feelings of love and compassion as caregiver and patient grow closer and closer, conversely, you will no doubt also experience periods of frustration, pain, and exhaustion. One of the most demanding tasks you will face in providing day-to-day homecare is that of physically moving your patient to and from bed/chair/toilet/bath/shower etc. This process, commonly referred to as a "patient transfer", subjects the caregiver to severe physical demands that can often lead to injuries to both patient and caregiver. Ironically, caregiver injuries due to patient transfers are much more prevalent than injuries to the actual patient. Low back injuries are the most common as caregivers are forced to perform numerous transfers per day, often with little or no assistance.
The single most important component in providing safe patient transfers is the mechanical patient lifter.
Mechanical patient lifters have improved significantly over the past few years. Most lifts are now electrically operated and employ slings that are very comfortable and easy to apply and remove. If at all possible, we highly recommend avoiding the older style hydraulic (manual pump) patient lifters. These units are difficult to operate and can be unsafe since they require that the caregiver be positioned away from the patient to operate the pump. Manual units also require regular overhauls as the seals in the pump wear out and hydraulic oil begins to leak from the cylinder.
Electric models allow the caregiver to be positioned right beside the patient at all times because of the remote hand controller. The electric operation means your patient is lifted and lowered at the push of a button. Electric lifts are also virtually maintenance free.
There are numerous factors that must be considered prior to making your purchasing decision; among the most important are:
Mental state of the patient
Physical ability of the caregiver
Weight of the patient
Special medical/physiological conditions of the patient
Layout of the room(s) - amount of free space
Type of floor covering in the room(s)
Type of bed - width, height, under-bed clearance
Number of rooms requiring access
Width of the doorways
Click on a menu button to the left or on the column heading to go directly to that page.
Each type of lift is described in detail on a separate page of this site. Review the quick reference guide shown below for an overview of the 4 styles.
Email Us 1-800-565-7075
Copyright T.H.E. Medical 2002. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.