Ceiling Lifts

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Ceiling Mount Lifts Click here for the photo gallery
Ceiling Mount Lifts allow a person to be lifted and transferred with minimum effort and maximum safety. In its simplest form, a ceiling mounted lift system consists of a lift that rides on a track attached to the ceiling. The caregiver places the patient in a sling (which can be done without any lifting) attaches the sling to the lift which then raises the patient into the air. Once the patient has been lifted, he can easily move anywhere along the track. These lifts can lift up to 1000 pounds. Ceiling mounted lifts are often used to transfer patients between bed and wheelchair and into the bathroom to use the toilet and shower.

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The track for the system is mounted to ceiling joists or if there is a drop ceiling, into the wall. Single track or multiple track systems, for access to multiple rooms, are available. Ceiling mount lifts are ideal when floor space is limited. They are unobtrusive in the home, maximize floor space and completely eliminate the clutter of the traditional standing patient lifts.

Floor Standing Patient Lifts Click here to shop standing lifts
Floor standing patient lifts (manual or power) employ the same lift concept as the ceiling mount lift but are floor standing and moveable. The sling attaches to an arm extension that is connected to a frame that stands on the floor and has casters. Many people refer to this equipment as a “Hoyer Lift” which is actually a brand name of the oldest lift. The manual style uses hydraulics to raise the patient while the power style uses a battery to power an actuator for lifting. Floor standing patient lifts provide a method of lifting and moving that is safe for both the patient and caregiver. The weight capacities range from 450 – 750 pounds. The disadvantage of the floor standing lifts is that they are bulky and require floor space.