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Types of Patient Lifts

When a person has a physical disability or impairment, it can become difficult for him or her to move around and perform everyday functions without some sort of assistance from care-givers. However, if the person is older and bigger than a child, it might prove to be a difficult task for a care-giver to assist and support the weight of a full grown person. For that particular reason, many types of supports and lifts are created for such patients that need them.

However, when picking a patient lift, you should look to the extent of the patient’s condition and then make a selection. Since patients can have varying degrees of disabilities, here are the following types of lifts which are available:

Mobile Floor Lifts

Types of Patient Lifts 1Small, collapsible and easily accessible, mobile floor lifts are useful for helping care-givers assist their patients when they have fallen and are unable to get up without any aid. The lift is powered through batteries or a hand crank or can even be hydraulic. The collapsible natures of some of the lifts allow them to be taken outside with the patient on trips.

Sit-to-Stand Lifts

Types of Patient Lifts 2Designed to provide support for patients in a standing position, the sit-to-stand lifts are greatly useful in aiding the dressing and undressing or movement of the patient from a chair to bed, etc. This type of lift not only provides patients with a sense of independence but also provides and maintains circulation and motion in the joints. Since remaining bedridden for sometime can cause patients to suffer from osteoporosis, the lift helps lower the chances of that happening.

Sling Lifts

Types of Patient Lifts 3The sling lift or Hoyer lift allows the care-giver to lift heavy patients without causing or suffering from any harm to them. The lift forms a hammock pouch for the patients and is available in different variations such as the ceiling slings, the stretcher slings, the disposable slings, etc. However, these slings do not provide much back support and patients whose medical ailments prevent them from bending might benefit more through other lifts.

Resources

http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/GeneralHospitalDevicesandSupplies/ucm308622.htm

http://www.als-ny.org/index.php?page=ps_lifts

http://www.squidoo.com/hoyer-lift