Patient Lifts - Remove the Trouble of Moving Around
Care decisions become challenging when a loved one has a physical limitation or disability. You have three options for providing care for your loved one: at home, in-home assistance, or placement in a long-term care facility. Your friend or relative might need to spend some time in the hospital on occasion. In any event, their safety is our top priority. Since the care of the patient depends on the wellbeing of the caregiver, whether it be you or specially qualified support, this concern also extends to their safety.
For many patients, patient transfers play a significant role in their everyday medical care. Lifting a patient for daily tasks like showering, dressing, and using the restroom, as well as for patient transportation, can be challenging for caregivers. Patient lifts can make a beneficial difference in people's lives by enabling them to move freely, increasing their level of independence, and making lifting simpler and less risky for both patients and caregivers.
What is a Patient Lift and Are There Different Types?
A patient lift is a mobile device that picks a patient up via a sling. The lift can then be rolled to various locations in the house to place the patient down. Some patient lifts are portable. There are three distinct types of patient lifts – a full-body lift as previously described, a sit-to-stand lift, stand assists and a ceiling lift. Each has its own attributes and advantages.
For purposes of this article, we will be focusing on the patient lift. A sit-to-stand lift is often a good option because the lifts tend to have a smaller footprint in the home than a patient lift. They’re also easier to maneuver. They really aren’t portable though. With the sit-to-stand lift, the patient places their feet on the footpad of the lift and their shins on the shin pad. Put a belt around them and the battery lifts them right up (almost vertical!). Unlock the brakes and you can move the patient around the house.
A stand assist requires the patient to have leg strength and upper body strength. As with the sit-to-stand, the caregiver brings the lift right up to the patient so that their feet are on the footpad and knees are on the shin pads. The patient then grabs the lift bar and pulls themselves up. The caregiver can then lower the buttocks support pads into place and the patient can relax. It’s all manual. There is a lift belt that can be used if assistance is needed in lifting the patient. The caregiver uses the lift belt to assist in pulling the patient up to the grab bar. This is a great and much less expensive option if it can be used instead of the patient lift or sit-to-stand lift.
A ceiling lift is a lift that comes down from the ceiling. Ceiling lifts offer the best all-around solution in patient lifts. They require no floor space, they are self-charging, are easy on the caregiver and offer the greatest safety in moving a patient. They use the same slings as a patient lift, lift like a patient lift and can move the patient like a patient lift. Depending on your track design, the ceiling lift can take the patient to the side of the bed, to the bathroom, and to other key locations throughout the house. Your only limitation is your imagination and your wallet.
It Offers You the Care You Require
It's difficult to provide for a family member who has trouble moving around. There are many challenging aspects of taking care of the disabled or elderly but helping them get around the house or facility is one of the most difficult aspects of care. Moving people with limited mobility into and out of beds and around the house requires a lot of strength and work from family, friends, or caregivers. Physically it can be very demanding. This makes the decision to buy or rent a lift even more worthwhile. Patients can be lifted or moved from one location to another with the aid of patient lifts. They can be used to transfer patients between beds, from wheelchairs to beds, and between baths. They lighten the burden on caregivers and make it easier for them to offer you the attention you need.
Why should you have a patient life in your house?
We always encourage our visitors and customers to move as long and as much as possible. Movement keeps the blood flowing and is a strong psychological component of our well-being as well. It doesn’t matter what type of equipment they may be renting or purchasing from us, we still encourage walking, even if it is assisted. But you may be confronted with that day when your loved one can no longer walk under their own power. Here are some good reasons for a patient lift -
Comfort: It is uncomfortable to be lifted by another person. Patients may be put in uncomfortable positions, resulting in injury to both patient and caregiver. There is also the dignity aspect. Everyone wants to be independent. Being moved around by others is unpleasant, but a patient lift can make it more bearable and comfortable. The patient can completely relax and let the machine do the work.
Less stress on the caregiver: Moving or assisting in the moving of a person with mobility issues can be particularly challenging. Caregivers experience a lot of stress and strain as a result. If the patient has minimal to no mobility, even 125 pounds can be a lot. Imagine doubling that and that is what a lot of caregivers must deal with every day! When helping you get out of bed, into the shower, and when moving around the house, your caregivers will have a lot less work to do thanks to a patient lift.
Keeps you at home longer: Our Patient lifts are one of many things that allow you to remain in your favorite home longer. You can get the same or similar level of treatment at home with the correct support and medical equipment. Staying at home as long as possible is almost always the better solution. It makes for a happier and more content patient and they can get the same or even better level of treatment. It can also save a lot of money as assisted living has become quite expensive. Patient Lifts are not expensive compared to the many other mobility devices on the market and they are easy to use.
It's safer: Using a patient lift to make transitions is inherently safer than relying on a caregiver alone to assist you. When you use a lift to help someone get into and out of bed or the bathtub, your risk of slipping or falling is reduced. Knowing that your chances of falling are considerably less will give you greater peace of mind.
Why are Patient Lifts important in both households and healthcare institutions?
Patient lifts come in two varieties – manual and electric (battery). You might see both but the electric is far better. A manual patient lift requires the caregiver to pump the device – much like you would pump water well (for those of you that can remember!). It’s not easy and requires a lot of revolutions to lift the patient. This puts a lot of stress on the body of the caregiver, who runs the risk of becoming hurt. When the individual is unable to move or get up on their own, the issue is made much more challenging. Electric lifts are thus necessary for both households and healthcare institutions. The items from Affordable Medical Equipment make removing a person from a wheelchair simpler.
We have more than a decade of expertise supplying mobility equipment, so we are familiar with the special needs and problems of adult patients. Use our lifting products for seniors to get around mobility issues. We assist you in effectively and safely moving patients. You can find the right lift or sling here. We do all types of lifts including patient lifts, sit-to-stand lifts, stand assists and Vertical Platform Lifts (VPL). Visit our website to make an order right now or call our store and one of our friendly staff can assist you.