Choosing a Patient Lift
Choosing the right equipment can significantly improve the comfort of the patients and caregivers alike. Acu Health Care offers a range of patient lifts, but how do you choose the right one for you? Here are some specifications and tips to help you make the right decision.
When choosing a patient lift, do not forget about the other necessary part - a lift sling. You can find them in the department ‘Lift Slings’. There are many variations available, but be sure to check their compatibility with the lift.
It is also important to pick the lift according to its weight capacity. Be sure to read the specifications attentively. Acu Health Care carries many bariatric lifts that have the weight capacity up to 600lb.
Types of Patient Lifts
Patients lifts can be operated manually or using a power source. Manual lifts are much cheaper, they use hydraulic power to work. The main drawback is that only a caregiver can operate a manual lift, there is no other way to use this lift. A caregiver has to apply a significant amount of strength to use the device. Because the cost is lower, this is the most affordable type of patient lifts. Also, this option seems appropriate if there is no power source available nearby.
An electric patient lift uses either a standard power outlet or a rechargeable battery. The battery can be detachable or built-in. This type of patient lifts is more expensive, however, it has its advantages. It is easier to operate, as it usually has simple controls and requires no physical strength. Moreover, powered models move smoother, allowing for better care with no discomfort to both the patient and the caregiver. Another important advantage of electric lifts is that the patients can operate some of the functions independently.
Apart from the standard full body patient lifts, we also carry sit-to-stand lifts and standing assist devices. Sit-to-stand devices are becoming popular because they are quite easy to use. They help the patient to move from the sit-to-stand position.