Parentgiving offers a large selection of patient lifts, which allow caregivers to transfer immobile loved ones between beds, wheelchairs and restrooms.
When patients lose mobility and can no longer get out of bed, up from a chair or go to and from the bathroom, a patient lift can allow caregivers to assist singlehanded. The patient is secured in a sling and the lift applies mechanical advantage to facilitate the move. All patient lifts have a wide base with wheels, but there are several different types of lifting mechanisms.
A manual lift relies on hydraulics, and is operated via a pump and valve to raise and lower the patient. Electric and battery powered lifts are mechanized, allowing for push-button operation. Either type is available as a stand-up lift, which provides enough power to raise a patient into the standing position, and bariatric lifts, which are more powerful still, are designed to help larger adults who weigh more.
A patient lift, sometimes called a Hoyer lift, has many adjustments and supports to move patients with comfort and safety. Some models offer tool-free setup and fold up for easier storage when not in use. There are also a number of options. For example, electric and battery powered lifts often have monitor screens that readout information about lift operation and maintenance.
Parentgiving also offers a variety of slings to support different sized patients and to facilitate types of movement, including full-body slings, bathing and toileting slings, bariatric slings, stand-up slings and other shapes and sizes designed to make movement comfortable and easy.
Patient lifts can help caregivers assist their loved ones with mobility singlehanded, whether that is a transfer from a bed to a chair or a trip to the bathroom. No matter what the model, the lift's mechanical advantage makes movement easier, safer and far more comfortable.
Choosing The Patient Lifts
Just as it sounds a patient lift enables the patient to be lifted and transferred safely usually between a bed and a chair and with as little physical effort as possible. Being able to use this type of mobility lift may enable people who are temporarily or permanently disabled to stay in their own home with assistance from family members or other caregivers rather than having to move a nursing home.
Time and effort are needed to safely use patient lifts &mdashand to first learn how to use it. Transferring someone with a mobility lift does take between three and six minutes longer than moving a patient by hand. However using a patient lift is a safety measure that improves both caregiver and patient safety by preventing patient falls and protecting the caregiver from strain injuries due to heavy lifting. A patient lift also reduces the number of people needed to make a bed to chair transfer. Use of this mobility device becomes even more important when the patient weighs 300 pounds or more and a bariatric lift will be needed to properly support the patient&rsquos weight.
Many patient lift designs are sling lifts&mdashoften called a Hoyer Lift the brand name of the first of these mobility devices&mdashthat use hydraulic power. Using a sling or Hoyer lift involves placing the patient on a sling made from a piece of special fabric that can hold his or her weight while suspended in air. The fabric sling is usually attached to a metal frame with a series of hooks or clips. Sling mobility lifts usually have a wheeled base that requires space on the side of the patients bed during transfer.
Different sling designs are made to accommodate a variety of needs and because of this slings are usually sold separately from the lifter itself. For instance specialized patient slings are available for toileting transfers others offer additional head support. It is important to get a medical assessment of the patients size weight and medical condition in order to select the proper sling.