Patient Lifts

What Is Actually A Patient Lift?

One of the most important requirement to work with patients is to move them from one place to another whenever required. This is the similar kind of case, even with elderly people.

Therefore, the medical industry has come forward with an innovative idea of making use of a machine that can lift the patients and transfer them to the desired location.

These machines are really helpful and offers risk free activity, which is generally found as a threat in physical method of transferring the patients.

The patient lifts are intentionally constructed to help patients or elderly people, who are incapable to move their own bodies from one place to another. You can find these kind of machines being used in hospitals.

You can even find them in some of the houses of those families that contain such patients or seniors. However, the person who assists the patient needs to be with the patient while making use of the lift.

The main use of the lift is to carry or transfer the patient from one place to another, so that the patient can meet minimum and compulsory requirements like, carrying the patient till the toilet, bath place, from bed to chair or chair to bed, and so on.

It is very difficult for the assisting person to carry the patient manually with hands, as the person needs a lot of strength. Even if the person has enough strength, carrying the patient in suitable position may not be comfortable.

Basic Functionality Of The Patient Lift

The lift makes use of two sections, first, a sling in which the patient lies and second, the lift that lifts the sling along with the patient.

Before using the lift, one should know how to make use of the lift or else, the patient who is lying in the sling might be slipped off from the position while trying to lift the sling. Therefore, it is very important to understand the using methodology of the machine.

After the patient is placed appropriately in the sling, the sling is hooked to the lift to transfer the patient to the desired location. While resting the patient onto the desired location, ensure that the patient is properly positioned to rest securely.

What Do Patient Lifts Make Use Of To Operate?

1. Electric Patient Lifts

Electric Patient Lift
These lifts are very powerful and work perfectly to move the patients from one location to another. The performance is smooth and gives the patient a feel of comfort ability.

The patient who is being lifted will undergo less anxiety and the construction is made to focus more on the patient who is experiencing the lift operation.

These kind of lifts are equipped with powerful rechargeable power-pack batteries, that needs 4 hours to get charged at the fullest.

The system is very easy and simple to manage, enabling the caregiver to concentrate on transferring the patient rather than on maintaining the machine.

This reduces the chances of injury to caregiver and improves security for the patient. The battery can be charged during night times or when the patient is not using the lift.

The lifts make use of high-torque electric motors, which are capable enough to lift the weights that are as low as 450 lbs. and as high as 1000 lbs. However, the specifications do change with models.

2. Manual Patient Lifts

Mutual Patient Lift
These lifts make use of manual intervention right from positioning the client and resting into the sling till lifting the sling and transferring the patient to the appropriate place. Electric or battery powered are best and need less physical labor compared to the manual ones.

Types Of Patient Lifts

Patient lifts can be categorized in two ways. The first is based on the type of power they use in order to operate and the other categorization is based on the type of functionality. Some of the models are discussed below:

  • Pool lift is one of the types of patient lifts that enables the caregivers to securely work to transfer the patients into or out of a pool.
  • Bathtub lifts allow the patients to bathe comfortably and securely. These machines lift the patient and lowers into the bathtub. They are available as battery powered or water powered.
  • Ceiling lift is another type of patient lift that makes use of a sling in order to transfer the patient among the furniture like bed and chair, etc. These machines make use of sling, and are generally available in battery powered.
  • Standing patient lifts, also referred to as sit-to-stand lifts, serve to be very helpful when trying to lift a patient to change the body posture from sitting to standing.
  • Foldable patient lifts is another model of patient lifts, available as a space efficient model. It is portable and light-weight.
  • Pool lift is one of the types of patient lifts that enables the caregivers to securely work to transfer the patients into or out of a pool.

Hoyer Lift

Hoyer Lift
Hoyer lift is a patient lift, specially constructed to transfer the people whose mobility is confined. These lifts are also termed as hydraulic lifts or patient lifts or patient hoist or jack hoist.

The patient lift can be either a sling lift or sit-to-stand lift. If the lift makes use of a sling, then the patient is made to rest in a sitting posture.

In sit-to-stand lift, the patient can be made to rest in standing posture. These lifts are assistive machines that can find its applications where patients are available like nursing homes, hospitals, health care centers, homes etc.

Mostly these devices can find to be useful when trying to transfer a patient from a bed to a chair, and vice-versa. These machines run on various kind of power sources like batteries, manual, mechanical and hydraulic power.

Sling lifts are mainly used for those patients whose mobility is limited. Sit-to-stand lifts are constructed for those patients who can possess mobility to very small extent due to lack of strength or incapability to control muscles in order to stand. These lifts make use of vests, belts or straps in order to achieve mobility.


Sling Lift
The patient lifts that help in the transition of patients whose mobility is limited, will make use of slings. These slings are hooked up to the lifting part of the patient lift.

The lifting assembly possesses a mechanical arm, that holds the sling. The sling contains loops, that should be spaced and hooked up to the mechanical arm, evenly, in order to maintain the balance while lifting the senior or patient.

If proper care is not taken while hooking up the sling, there are chances that the patient might slip off from the sling and undergo severe injuries. Also, the caretaker might face the risk of injuries.

The sling can be selected while buying, to meet the requirement of the patient’s physical health condition. Therefore, every patient lift possesses unique sling adjustments.

When trying to select a sling, you need to mention the weight capacity, width and length of the sling. These details are finalized after measuring the patient’s weight, width and height of the patient’s sitting posture. This way, you can comfortably accommodate the patient within the build.


Sit-To-Stand Lift

Sit to stand lift
Standing patient lifts, also referred to as sit-to-stand lifts, serve to be very helpful when trying to lift a patient to change the body posture from sitting to standing.

The action can be done safely, quickly and easily with little maintenance to the caregiver. These lifts are known by many terms like a stand up lift, stand aid, stand assist lift, standing patient lift or sit-to-stand lift.

The standing lifts are one of the innovative constructions among medical devices that offer improved mobility and positive health effects to the standing patients.

Traditional methods of transferring the patients manually involves lots of risk, strength, concentration, carefulness, but yet safety is not guaranteed. On the other hand, standing patient lifts can guarantee security to the patient, provided the caretaker makes use of the machine in a proper way.

Minimum strength, chaos, maintenance and time is required to complete the transferring actions successfully. All the risk expected in manual transfer is minimized by making use of these machines.

The drawback of sit-to-stand lifts is that the seniors or patients need to first sit on their own and bear their physical weight while in standing posture.


WheelChair Lift

Wheelchair Lift

Wheelchair lift, is also called as platform or vertical platform lift. It is a highly powered machine, designed to raise a wheelchair along with its occupant.The action is performed in order to overcome any vertical barriers like steps.

These lifts are mainly useful for those patients who cannot cross the vertical barriers on their own.Lifting a heavy weighed patient physically is not an easy task. It is risk for both the caretaker and the patient.

Therefore, wheelchair lift is the best option in such kind of scenarios.The power of these machines range from low to high values.

The lower ones can be used for patients while, the higher ones can be used for lifting vehicles that range from scooters to trucks and buses.


Patient lifts or Hoyer lifts (known for its brand) are mainly used for lifting and transferring the patients whose mobility is limited.

These are available in various forms, like sling lifts, ceiling lifts, sit-to-stand lifts, wheelchair lifts etc. Every lift has its own advantage and must be selected based on the personal requirement depending on the condition of the patient for whom you would be using the device.

Before you finalize a model, first note down your requirement and match it with the model that can best benefit you.