Independence and accessibility are important for people who cannot move without assistance or have limited mobility and require a caretaker to help them with activities of daily living. Patient lifts are a solution to difficult transfers or lifts, protecting a caregiver from strain injuries and ensuring the safety of the patient.
If you or a loved one have mobility limitations and require caregiver assistance for transfers, specialized lift equipment from All-Star Medical can help give you more freedom with less stress and strain.
Lifting devices are used to hoist someone who needs to be moved but cannot do so on their own. A caregiver may use a lift to assist with a transfer, such as:
Lifting devices are made up of two parts, a base with a hydraulic system and two arms, and a fabric or mesh sling that hook into the arms of the lift. This sling is moved underneath the individual and then connected to the lift with straps. The sling supports the patient during the transfer and comes in a variety of sizes and styles to meet all needs.
The base features long, thin, adjustable legs with wheels to allow for even weight distribution and easy maneuvering. They are designed to spread apart or move closer together in order to obtain the best position for transferring. The hydraulic lifting mechanism can be electric or manual.
There are even lifts designed for those with more mobility that encourage them to stand up independently.
Most of the lifting devices we offer are designed to be easily operated by one person using the device in a home setting so that an in-home caregiver can use it without assistance.
Some of the lift technology we offer includes:
The sling is the key component of the lift, safely and comfortably cradling the patient as they are moved. The slings are in many fabrics and shapes; each engineered for ergonomic comfort and strength. Consider the activity you plan to use the sling before ordering it, especially for elderly patients whose skin may be easily irritated.
Slings can come in four different models:
All-Star Medical carries a wide range of lift models to suit the needs of the individual and situation. We even offer a lift that can be installed poolside to allow those with mobility issues a chance to enjoy the freedom of water.
Manually lifting and transferring an individual can cause severe strain on the caregiver, including neck, back, and spine strain. This makes it less comfortable for the caregiver to transfer the patient and could compromise the caregiver’s ability to transfer the patient.
Transfers are even more difficult when the patient cannot help to move themselves, relying on the caregiver’s strength to move from place to place. Lifts are essential for both in-home care and institutional healthcare settings to reduce strain on caregivers and provide more stability and safety for the patient. Patients are less likely to be dropped or fall when using a lift and may be able to operate some lift models themselves, giving them greater independence.
If you need a safe, efficient way to transfer a patient or loved one from one room to another or from one position to another, our friendly customer care team can help you find the right equipment for your needs! Find a lift, sling, or both in Columbia, TN that meet your needs by browsing our website or come into either of our locations for an in-person demo.