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    Business Ownership for People With Disabilities 0

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    Entrepreneurship is an effective means of tackling labor market and social exclusion among persons with impairment. Unfortunately, disabled people face specific barriers to starting and sustaining businesses in addition to general barriers. Some of these barriers include difficulties in accessing start-up capital, limited business skills, consumer discrimination, absence of appropriate business support, and benefits trap. 

    In this article, Dansons Medical will walk you through what to look out for if you are considering taking the plunge into entrepreneurship.    

    Why you should consider entrepreneurship

    Although persons with disabilities are willing and able to work, they experience higher rates of unemployment and employer discrimination. Limited labor market participation makes entrepreneurship a popular choice for them. In addition to financial autonomy, additional benefits of entrepreneurship for people with disabilities include: 

    • Control over their business
    • Work activities that suit their capabilities and personal interests
    • Long-term employment with growth opportunities
    • Workplace accommodations and support to meet individual needs and enhance success
    • Networking opportunities with other community business members

    Forming a Limited Liability Company

    When starting a business, several options in the type of entity you can form are available. The Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a popular entity for the many benefits it offers. An LLC is easy to set up and maintain. It offers limited liability, flexibility of income distribution, no ownership restrictions, member involvement in the company, attractiveness to foreign investors, and tax benefits. 

    Laws governing LLCs are still being fine-tuned and each state has its own statutes. So when considering an LLC, you consult a knowledgeable formation service.     

    Which business is the right fit?

    Persons with disabilities can start any type of business and run it successfully. Identifying entrepreneurship opportunities starts by recognizing individual strengths and interests. Individual strengths and capacity among persons with disability are not only influenced by their natural talents but also impairment. Impairments vary widely in terms of severity, type, duration, and time of onset.

    Common business ideas options for persons with disabilities include: 

    • Consultant
    • Internet marketing
    • Life coach
    • Freelancing
    • Pet sitting
    • Motivational speaking
    • Tech support
    • Food truck vendor
    • Event planning
    • Home-based business

    The beauty of self-employment is that it allows the entrepreneur to customize workplace accommodations to suit their special needs, as well as make use of available technology like the internet. This increases the range of business opportunities that a disabled person can engage in.     

    How to get funding

    Access to start-up capital is a challenge for many entrepreneurs but it is more pronounced among persons with disabilities. Fortunately, there are several financing options that specifically address this problem. These include: 

    • Grants for the disabled: You can use federal government and corporate grants to fund your business and you will not have to pay them back.    
    • Loans for the disabled: Several financiers like Accion offer small business loans to help fund accessible workplace, assistive technology, and adaptive work vehicles. Other loan types include SBA loans, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) business loans, Assistive technology loans, and StreetShares short-term business loans. 

    How to find customers

    Finding customers doesn’t have to be a challenge. Here’s how to do it efficiently: 

    • Produce relevant content for your business: Create content that solves problems, provides value, creates connections, and builds relationships. 
    • Create a mailing list: Your focus should be on providing help, solving problems, and delivering great content.
    • Be social: Build a personal brand and sell by virtue of presence
    • Focus on customer retention: Build relationships with current customers to retain them

    Final Thoughts

    The adventure of entrepreneurship is extremely rewarding and disability should not stop anyone from pursuing it. Disabled entrepreneurs possess great determination and a wealth of experiences that are assets in business. Of course, running a business is a challenging undertaking, especially for a person with infirmities. But through learning and taking advantage of available resources, the chances of success are high. 

    Dansons Medical offers a number of high-quality products (wheelchairs, lifts, walking aids, chairs, and more) designed for those living with disabilities. Visit our main page to learn more!

    Author: Lydia Chan

    Lydia is the co-creator of Alzheimer’s Caregiver, a website that aims to provide tips and resources to help caregivers. Her mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Lydia found herself struggling to balance the responsibilities of caregiving and her own life. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experiences with caregivers and seniors. In her spare time, Lydia finds joy in writing articles about a range of caregiving topics.

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    Hydraulic Lifts 0

    Introduction

    Here is everything you want to know about hydraulic lifts.

    You will learn:

    • What is a Hydraulic Lift?
    • How do Hydraulic Lifts Work?
    • Types of Hydraulic Lifts
    • Hydraulic Lift Tables
    • And much more…
    Example of Hydraulic Force

    Chapter One – What is a Hydraulic Lift?

    A hydraulic lift is a device for moving objects using force created by pressure on a liquid inside a cylinder that moves a piston upward. Incompressible oil is pumped into the cylinder, which forces the piston upward. When a valve opens to release the oil, the piston lowers by gravitational force.

    The principle for hydraulic lifts is based on Pascal‘s law for generating force or motion, which states that pressure change on an incompressible liquid in a confined space is passed equally throughout the liquid in all directions.

    The concept of Pascal‘s law and its application to hydraulics can be seen in the example below, where a small amount of force is applied to an incompressible liquid on the left to create a large amount of force on the right.

    Hydraulic Lift

    Hydraulic systems are used for precision control of large force applications, are economical, and make excellent use of energy resources.

    Chapter Two – How do Hydraulic Lifts Work?

    A hydraulic system works by applying force at one point to an incompressible liquid, which sends force to a second point. The process involves two pistons that are connected by an oil filled pipe.

    The image below is a representation of the two pistons and how they are connected by a pipe.

    Two Cylinders of a Hydraulic Device

    The diagram below represents a simple version of the working mechanism of a hydraulic device. The handle on the right moves the incompressible oil, under pressure, from the reservoir to the high pressure chamber in the middle of the diagram. The ram moves up as the oil is pumped in.

    Simple Hydraulic Mechanism

    Force Generated

    The force generated in a hydraulic system depends on the size of the pistons. If the smaller of the two pistons is two inches and the larger piston is six inches, or three times as large, the amount of force created will be nine times greater than the amount of force from the smaller piston. One hundred pounds of force by a small piston will be able to lift 900 pounds.

    In this diagram, the piston on the left has a one pound load and an area of one inch. When it moves down ten inches, it is able to move the ten pound load on the piston on the right.

    Example of Hydraulic Force

    Parts of a Hydraulic System

    The purposes of hydraulic systems widely vary, but the principles of how hydraulic systems work and their components remain the same for all applications. The most significant part of a hydraulic system is the fluid or liquid. The laws of physics dictate that the pressure on the fluid will remain unchanged as it is transmitted across a hydraulic system. Below is an explanation of each part of a hydraulic system.

    Hydraulic Circuits:

    Hydraulic Circuits control the flow and pressure of the liquid in the system. The image below shows all of the different parts of a hydraulic circuit.

    Hydraulic Circuits

    Hydraulic Pump:

    Hydraulic Pump converts mechanical power into hydraulic energy. Hydraulic pumps create a vacuum at the pump inlet, which forces liquid from the reservoir into the inlet line and out to the outlet to the hydraulic system.

    Hydraulic Pump

    Hydraulic Motor:

    Hydraulic Motor is an actuator to convert hydraulic pressure into torque and rotation. It takes the pressure and flow of the hydraulic energy and changes it into rotational mechanical energy, similar to a linear actuator. The pump sends hydraulic energy into the system, where it pushes the hydraulic motor.

    Hydraulic Motor

    Hydraulic Cylinder:

    Hydraulic Cylinder converts the energy in the hydraulic fluid into force and initiates the pressure in the fluid that is controlled by the hydraulic motor.

    Hydraulic Cylinder

    Hydraulic Pistons:

    Hydraulic Pistons are moved linearly by fluid pressure. Axial designs have a number of pistons arranged in a circular pattern in a rotating housing.

    Axial Piston Motor with Bent Axis Design

    Hydraulic Fluids:

    Hydraulic Fluids transfer power in a hydraulic system. Most hydraulic fluids are mineral oil or water. The first hydraulic fluid was water before mineral oil was introduced in the twentieth century. Glycol ether, organophosphate ester, polyalphaolefin, propylene glycol, and silicone oil are used for high temperature applications and fire resistance.

    Glycol Ether

    Silicone Oil

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    Chapter Three – Types of Hydraulic Lifts

    Hydraulic lifts, in their many forms, have become an essential part of several industries from helping patients in and out of bed to specially designed lifts to help people board a bus. The number of uses of hydraulic lifts has been growing rapidly in recent years.

    Below are descriptions of a few types of hydraulic lifts.

    Table lifts:

    Table lifts are used to move items from the floor to a workable level. Transportation companies use them to lift materials onto a truck bed or warehouse floor.

    Table Lift

    Personnel lifts:

    Personnel lifts safely lift people to various heights for work or movement of materials, such as repair of electrical lines, placement of inventory on a shelf, or access to control boxes. In gyms, factories, and entertainment centers, they are used to lift janitorial staff to clean lights and ceilings.

    Personnel Lift

    Fork lifts:

    Fork lifts are used for moving materials at construction sites, in warehouses, in factories, and for loading and unloading trucks and airplanes. They are designed to quickly move items from one location to another.

    Fork Lift

    Medical lifts:

    Medical lifts are lifting devices for surgical tables, hospital beds, and monitoring equipment. Hospital beds are a convenient means for moving patients from their rooms to treatment areas. Hydraulics control the height of all parts of the bed to make it more acceptable for hospital staff.

    Medical Bed

    Automotive lifts:

    Automotive lifts lift vehicles for repair and inspection. They are the strongest of the different types of hydraulic lifts.

    Automotive Hydraulic Lift

    Post car lifts:

    Post car lifts are a variation of automotive lifts. The vehicle to be repaired is suspended between two posts with hydraulic drives that have four arms. They are designed to lift any type of vehicle.

    Post Car Lift

    Platform lifts:

    Platform lifts also known as elevated work platforms, are similar to lift tables but much larger. They are able to hold groups of workers.

    Scissor Lift Platform

    Pallet lifts:

    Pallet lifts are used for material handling and shipping. They function like a forklift and are able to lift pallets from ground level to load trucks, place on shelves, or move supplies to production lines.

    Pallet Lift

    Hand pumped lifts:

    Hand pumped lifts are raised by a manual hydraulic hand pump and have a release lever to lower the load. They are very sturdy and maintenance free with the ability to lift one ton over six feet.

    Manual Hydraulic Hand Pump Lift

    Vertical Reciprocating Conveyor (VRC)

    VRCs, also known as vertical, vertical material, freight, and conveyor lifts, are classified by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) as conveyors and related equipment. They can be placed anywhere in a building and are designed to move large loads from the floor to mezzanines, balconies, basements, and various levels in a multiple level building.

    Unlike the installation of an elevator, a VRC can be easily positioned at far less cost but provide the same type of lifting power. If there isn‘t sufficient room on the interior of a building, a VRC can be positioned outside.

    The main components of a VRC are a guide column, carriage, and hydraulic actuating mechanism or mechanical system. VRCs can be mechanical or hydraulic with the hydraulic version being less expensive than mechanical ones. Hydraulic VRCs can lift loads of a half-ton up to three tons with a carriage size of 10 feet by 10 feet and can reach heights over 20 feet with ease.

    Types of VRCs

    • Straddle – The carriage is between guide beams. Force is applied in a vertical direction along the length of the beams.
    • Cantilever – The carriage is out in front of the guide beams and can be accessed from three sides.
    • Four Post – The platform is positioned in the middle of four guide beams and may have a larger platform capable of lifting heavier loads.
    • Double Mast – The double mast version is similar to the four post design with the carriage positioned between two sets of masts. It has a smaller platform and lifting capacity than the four post design.

    Chapter Four – Hydraulic Lift Tables

    Lift tables have become popular as work surfaces that can be positioned at the exact height necessary to package, assemble, organize, or position items. What makes lift tables different from adjustable tables is their capacity.

    A standard lift table is able to lift 2000 to 6000 lbs. and can be lowered to 7 inches or raised to 60 inches with a work space of 24 to 72 inches. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit any application. Below is a description of some of the varieties of lift tables.

    Mobile

    Mobile lift tables, or lift carts, are a form of push cart. They are raised by a manual foot pump for light assembly operations.

    Mobile Lift Table

    Rotating

    Rotating lift tables are used where access to all sides of the load is required. They are designed with a rotating platform and can have reduced heights, which allows for greater access.

    Rotating Lift Table

    Low profile

    Lower profile lift tables are designed to reach heights as low as 3 inches making the platform accessible by a pallet jack. Though they have thinner lifting arms, they still have a capacity of over 2200 lbs.

    Low Profile Lift Table

    Stainless steel

    Stainless steel lift tables are mainly used in the food and pharmaceutical industries, where there are high standards for hygiene and sanitary conditions. The corrosion and rust resistance of stainless steel makes them easy to clean with solvents and water.

    Stainless Steel Lift Table

    High capacity

    High capacity lift tables can have a capacity of 8,000 to 10,000 lbs. As seen in the image below, they have extra thick scissor arms, large low pressure cylinders, and additional supports.

    High Capacity Lift Table

    Ground entry

    Ground entry lift tables have ground level access to the platform due to concerns regarding tripping or being in confined spaces. Access to the platform is by a cut away section in the shape of a "U" or "E", which makes them able to be loaded with an open bottom pallet or skid.

    Ground Entry Lift Table

    Tilting

    Tilting lift tables are for handling containers with loose parts. The platform lifts to an ergonomic height and tilted toward the operator, which reduces the need for bending and stretching. They are available with tilt angles of up to 90 degrees.

    Tilting Lift Table

    Tandem

    Tandem lift tables combine standard lifting with additional lifts of length or width providing the extra benefit of increased platform size to accommodate larger loads with extra edge and side load capacity.

    Tandem Lift Table

    Multi-Stage

    Multi-stage lift tables stack one pair of scissor arms on top of another with one lift table on top of another, which increases vertical travel but maintains small platform size.

    Multi-Stage Lift Table

    Chapter Five – Hydraulic Lift Applications

    Hydraulic lifts are constructed from steel and have precision accuracy. Their sturdy and durable design has made them popular in a wide variety of industries. Listed below are a few of the industries that rely on hydraulic lifts for their efficiency and ability to supply a great amount of force.

    Hydraulics Applications

    Industrial:

    Electro-hydraulics is a common use of hydraulics in industrial applications. The main advantages of hydraulics are its rapid response times and precision. Plastic processing, metal extraction applications, automated production, machine tool industry, paper industries, loaders, crushers, presses, and the textile industry are some of the industrial uses of hydraulics. The image below is a hydraulic press from the plastics industry.

    Hydraulic Press

    Mobile Hydraulics:

    Mobile hydraulics have the advantage of being able to be moved to different conditions and situations. They are especially useful in the construction and building industries where hydraulics are used as cranes, excavators, backhoes, and earth moving equipment. Pictured below is a concrete boom truck using a hydraulic arm to unload concrete.

    Concrete Boom Truck

    Automobiles:

    The automotive industry is the largest user of hydraulics. Production, repair, and internal components on cars all use hydraulics.The image below shows the use of hydraulic automation in the production of trucks.

    Hydraulics in Automobile Manufacturing

    Marine Applications:

    Marine hydraulics deliver linear and rotary force and torque rapidly and efficiently. The three types of marine hydraulic systems are open, closed, and semi-closed. They are used for cranes, mooring and anchor winches, stabilizers, steering, thrusters, propellers, and platforms.

    Marine Hydraulic Winch

    Aerospace Applications:

    Components for aircraft have to meet strict standards before being approved for use. Hydraulic pumps and valves meet aircraft regulations and are an essential part of aircraft design and production. Wing adjustments, retraction and extension of landing gear, opening/closing of doors, brakes, and steering are all performed by hydraulics. The image below provides a list of some of the ways hydraulics are used on an aircraft.

    Aerospace Application - Hydraulic Systems

    Mining:

    Hydraulics are ideal for mining for the same reasons that they are used for other manufacturing operations. Power, controllability, reliability, and serviceability are necessities in mining because of the dangers that are involved. Unlike other manufacturing, mining works on a huge scale requiring massive equipment. The power and force provided by hydraulics fits the conditions.

    Power Density Hydraulic Mining Machine

    Chapter Six – Safety Regulations for Hydraulic Lifts

    Hydraulics lifts are heavy duty equipment that can supply a great deal of force. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) have specific requirements regarding the operation of hydraulic lifts. The first of those requirements is that operators must be an adult, over 18, that has been fully trained in the operation and dangers of the equipment.

    Below is a summary of regulations and safety tips regarding hydraulic lifts.

    OSHA Regulations:

    OSHA regulations regarding lifts are generalized to include any form of work that has to be performed on a platform off the ground.

    Standard 1926.451 – Safety and Health Regulations for Construction – Though this seems to be directed at construction, it covers the requirements for guardrails and fall protection. The general outline is for scaffolds but has been expanded to apply to lifts.

    Standard 1910.29 – Walking-Working Surfaces – This covers fall protection systems and protection from falling objects. It further covers guardrails and railings.

    ANSI A92

    Aerial lifts are defined as mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs). ANSI A92 requires aerial lifts to be equipped with two types of sensors: one that sounds an alarm and prevents the machine from operating when the load exceeds safety limits, and another that triggers an alarm when the slope level gets too steep and prevents movement of the chassis or work platform.

    Gates cannot be chains and must have toe guards. If used for outdoor work, wind speed sensors are required. Platform railings must be at 43.5 in. or greater. If used on uneven ground, tires must be solid or foam filled. Also included in A92 are expanded training requirements.

    Aerial Lift Certification:

    To be OSHA certified to operate aerial and scissor lift equipment, an operator has to pass an OSHA certified course, which is designed to aid workers on how to safely operate lift equipment. The regulations and stipulations for operating lift equipment legally require employers to provide certification training.

    Training includes:

    • OSHA Standards for Aerial and Scissor Lifts
    • Definitions of Lift Related Terms
    • Aerial & Scissor Lifts Accidents, Fatalities, and Causes
    • Fall Protection
    • Operating Instructions
    • OSHA Safe Work Practices
    • Scissor Lifts Operator Training
    • Lift Operator Responsibilities

    Safety Tips:

    • Understand and follow the manufacturer‘s instructions.
    • The lift should be marked with the name of the manufacturer and date of installation.
    • A repair log must be maintained.
    • Workers should stand to one side as the lift operates.
    • The load should rest squarely on the lift and not overload the lift‘s capacity.
    • Lifts must be kept away from overhead and grade level obstacles.
    • The floor under the lift should be free of oil or grease to prevent slipping hazards.
    • Avoid holes, trenches, slopes, or uneven terrain.
    • The lift must be at least10 feet away from electrical lines and power sources.
    • Oil levels on hydraulic lifts should be checked periodically.
    • Lifts should be removed from service if there are any indications of malfunctioning.

    Below is a sample daily checklist for hydraulic lifts.

    Daily Inspection Checklist

    Conclusion

    • A hydraulic lift moves objects using the force created by pressure on a liquid inside a cylinder that moves a piston upward.
    • The principle for hydraulic lifts is based on Pascal‘s law for generating force or motion, which states that pressure change on an incompressible liquid in a confined space is passed equally throughout the liquid in all directions.
    • Hydraulic lifts provide controlled and precision force.
    • The sturdy and durable design of hydraulic lifts has made them popular in a wide variety of industries.
    • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) have specific requirements regarding the operation of hydraulic lifts and training for operators.
    • Lift tables have become popular as work surfaces that can be positioned at the exact height necessary to package, assemble, organize, or position items.

    To learn more and view the original article, you may visit: Hydraulic Lifts | IQS Directory

    Author: John Hamlin

    John Hamlin is a freelance writer who has a background in engineering. With a keen interest in technology and writing, John has been working online providing insight and direction for many years. His latest work has been on a compilation of industrial manufacturing techniques.

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    Knowing the Signs: Seniors and Assisted Living 0

    Millions of Americans live alone in the United States today. While a good portion of these people are healthy, independent, and able to handle the demands of running a home, many others are not. If you are a caregiver for someone in this latter category, you may be wondering if living at home is still the best option. But how, exactly, do you know if it’s time to initiate a conversation about assisted living? 

     

    Visit Dansons Medical for high-quality medical and accessibility equipment. 

     

    Care Options

     

    It is important to first know that assisted living is not necessarily your only option. Independent living may be a more palatable experience for seniors with a need for autonomy. According to Modern Retirement, independent living provides basic services, such as housing, housekeeping, and meal preparation. This type of assistance can help overall healthy and active seniors remain that way for years to come. Assisted living is similar; however, seniors in this type of community also have access to more hands-on care, such as assistance bathing, medication management, and managing most daily tasks. In many cases, you can find a continuing care community that will allow the senior to seamlessly transition from independent to assisted living.

     

    Look Out For Warning Signs

     

    It’s an unfortunate reality, but some seniors are embarrassed or even in denial about their inability to live alone. They may be remiss to answer questions about how they’re doing. As a caregiver, you’ll need to evaluate their situation without being overbearing. Look for warning signs, which include:

     

    • Worsening health problems. This includes mobility issues, such as severe arthritis, emotional problems, like depression, and cognitive decline up to and including Alzheimer’s.

     

    • Declining hygiene and cleanliness. All the above health problems might leave a senior unable to handle their hygiene or maintain the cleanliness of their home. While there’s nothing alarming about a coffee cup in the sink or using dry shampoo instead of taking a full shower every once in a while, body odor, outdated food in the refrigerator, and unmanaged pest problems are red flags.

     

    • Worsening abilities on the road. The idea of losing driving privileges is terrifying to most older adults. But, as On Health asserts, some issues, such as mobility, vision, and hearing troubles, can all make it dangerous for a senior to get behind the wheel. If your loved one can no longer safely navigate the streets or public transportation, assisted living may be on the horizon.

     

    Other potential problems to look out for include aggressiveness, neglected pets, isolation, and whether they have a network of friends and family that can step in when you are unavailable.

     

    It’s Time to Talk

     

    Only you know your loved one’s personality. Keep this in mind as you initiate the conversation. It’s almost always best to plant the proverbial seeds early, enlist the help of your siblings, aunts, uncles, and their same-age friends, and find out what they love so much about their home. When you finally bring up the possibility of assisted living, make sure they have nothing but a positive image, lots of support, and reassurance that they will get to bring the best of their current life with them.

     

    It’s not going to be easy, but making sure a loved one is in the right situation for their mental, physical, and cognitive health is paramount to their quality of life. If you’re looking for further resources, the links below are great touch points that can help you get the process started when the time is right.

     

    One Is the Loneliest Number: Combating Senior Isolation

    Dementia Symptoms, Causes, Types, Stages, and Treatments

    Home Proceeds Calculator

    How to Make Seniors Feel at Home in a New Living Space

    Forms Needed to Act on a Loved One’s Behalf

     

    Author: Lydia Chan

    Lydia is the co-creator of Alzheimer’s Caregiver, a website that aims to provide tips and resources to help caregivers. Her mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Lydia found herself struggling to balance the responsibilities of caregiving and her own life. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experiences with caregivers and seniors. In her spare time, Lydia finds joy in writing articles about a range of caregiving topics.

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    6 Best Patient Lifts for Home Use

    6 Best Patient Lifts for Home Use 0

    Patient lifts—medical devices for lifting and transferring patients from place to place—have enormous benefits for the well-being of both patients and caregivers.

    For individuals with limited mobility, moving even short distances can be a major challenge. These movements pose injury risks for the person being moved as well as the person doing the lifting.

    Fortunately, great progress has been made in developing lifts that safely meet the needs of patients and caregivers. Using a variety of technologies, configurations, and materials, there are some incredible lifts on the market today that are suitable for home use.

    These devices improve mobility, reduce injury, and maximize the comfort and dignity of those that need them.

    The Dansons Medical team is here to help you find solutions to your home health medical equipment challenges. We know how difficult it can be for both patient and caregiver to adjust to major changes in medical needs and physical abilities.

    That’s why we’re here to help however we can. If you need a patient lift, we offer a premier selection along with the fastest and most reliable service that we can provide.

    In this guide, we’ll review the two primary categories of lifts: electric and hydraulic lifts.

    Looking for a lift for home use? We’ll highlight a few of the best offerings from each category, but be sure to view our entire patient lift inventory before making your choice.  

    Electric Patient Lifts

    An electric patient lift works via battery power. The operator can simply press a button to mobilize the device. That means relief from heavy exertion and pain while maneuvering a patient transfer.

    Battery power also eliminates the presence of a power cord during the use of the device. No power cord in the way means that it’s easier to complete a lifting movement without tripping or needing to stop to move the cord.

    Here are a few top-of-the-line electric patient lifts: 

    BestLift PL350CT

    affordable and foldable for easy transport. Designed for minimal swinging and perfect for car transfers
    BestLift PL350CT

    The BestLift PL350CT was designed as an electric lift with a battery option. It’s portable and foldable, making it extremely transportable. The key features are as follows:

    • 350lb Capacity
    • Convertible/Portable
    • Electric System
    • Compatible with most plastic clip slings

    Its unique spreader bar is the reason why it's one of the only patient lifts in the market right now with a spreader bar specifically designed for easy patient handling from a car.

    Invacare Jasmine Full Body Lift

    affordable model full-body lift to cater to a patient’s unique mobility challenges. Comes with free full-body slings and no need to sit to stand. Operates in a standing position
    Invacare JASMINE Full Body Lift

    The Invacare Jasmine Full Body Lift is made from lighter-weight aluminum and steel, allowing for easier transportation. The key features are as follows:

    • Battery-powered
    • 500lb capacity
    • 6-point hanging bar
    • Powered boom and base controlled by hand pendant

    The Jasmine includes a rotating 6-point hanger bar for assisting patients that have fallen. The base presents a wide opening so that caregivers can comfortably walk behind the patient while a wheelchair can be accommodated up front. 

    Hoyer Presence Professional Patient Lif

    electronic patient lift to transfer patients and prevent caregiver injury. No sit-to-stand or ceiling lift is needed
    Hoyer Presence Professional Patient Lift

    The Presence’s Smart Monitor technology displays lifting activity to help drive user compliance. The Presence can lift patients from the floor, accommodate transfers to higher surfaces, and manage a 500lb working load.

    Versatility, strength, and even smart technology make the Hoyer Presence Professional Patient Lift stand out among lift devices. Here are the key features:

    • Battery-powered
    • Smart Monitor technology 
    • Intuitive Pushpad for assisting with movement initiation
    • Swan Neck style legs to allow the lift to move closer to the patient
    • Low Leg Option Kit for fitting under beds and other spots with low clearance
    • Easy to use powered base
    • 6-point cradle
    • Ergonomic foot pad to make initial movement easier
    • Hand clip control for holding the pendant in place

    This lift is great for larger patients. It’s a dynamic device, capable of several adjustments to make life easier for patients and caregivers. Cutting-edge design features and technology make the Presence an impressive tool that can provide major quality of life improvements for its users.

    Hydraulic Patient Lifts

    A hydraulic patient lift is operated manually by the use of a hand crank or push lever. After lifting the patient, the operator can move the patient using the lift’s wheels, then lower them down when ready.

    Hydraulic lifts are more hands-on than electric lifts, as human power is required during the movement phases of patient transfers. However, the cranks and levers are typically easy to use without great exertion, thanks to the use of hydraulics.

    There are two more benefits to choosing a hydraulic lift: they tend to be priced lower than electric lifts, and they do not require electricity, allowing for worry-free operation during a power outage.

    If you’re new to patient lifts, it’s perfectly natural to be a bit intimidated by the concept of hydraulic lifts. Fortunately, many people have gone through the same learning process. There’s lots of great info out there to help guide you.

    See the video below to get a better idea of what lifting a patient manually with a hydraulic lift looks like:

    It’s easier than you’d think to move a person’s weight with a hydraulic lift. That’s because the hydraulic fluid is doing much of the work for you.

    Here are three excellent hydraulic patient lifts to consider: 

    BestLift PL400H Hydraulic

    ALTEXT
    BestLift PL400H Hydraulic

    The innovative BestLift PL400H is a great first lift and can be upgraded at any time to an electric lift. Here are the basic specifications for the PL400H:

    • Hydraulic system
    • 400lb capacity
    • Convertible and portable
    • 6-point spreader bar

    This model is stable, durable, and can be disassembled with ease. It’s a good model for users looking for their first lift as the need for patient transfers enters their lives. When desired, an electric kit can upgrade the model to become an electric lift. 

    Hoyer Advance Folding Lift

    manual lifts that lift patients and can reduce pain for both the patient and the caregiver during transfers
    Hoyer Advance Folding Lift

    The Hoyer Advance Folding Lift is available in both electric and hydraulic models. With the hydraulic model, the operator uses a hydraulic pump for manual raising and lowering of the lift.

    Here are some key product details for the Advance Folding Lift:

    • Electric system or hydraulic system
    • 340lb capacity
    • Lightweight, aluminum material
    • Swan Neck style legs to allow the device to move closer to the patient

    This lift is foldable and lightweight, so it’s extra portable in comparison to some other lifts. Caretakers can fold it up, roll it out of the house, and place it in the car trunk to take it anywhere.

    The Hoyer Advance also features a versatile leg design that allows it to maneuver closely around obstacles, which helps for safe and easy transfers. 

    Invacare 9805P Hydraulic Lift

    hydraulic power lift reducing physical effort when carrying the patient’s weight
    Invacare 9805P Hydraulic Lift

    The Invacare 9805P Hydraulic Lift has a simple design that’s easy to understand and operate. Here are the basic details for this model:

    • Hydraulic system
    • 450lb capacity 
    • Convertible and portable 
    • 6-point spreader bar

    The 9805P allows for 360-degree rotation without side-to-side swaying. Its broad height range allows patients to be lifted from various positions, and its low-friction casters allow for smooth movements.

    This lightweight lift is easy to set up, disassemble, and transport. 

    Making Patient Transfers as Easy as Possible 

    Operating a patient lift can be scary at first. But, thanks to amazing advances in lift technology, it’s so much easier than it used to be to help dependent patients move around and live their best lives.

    Your home is not a hospital, but that doesn’t mean it can’t contain cutting-edge medical technology. Thanks to affordable prices and convenient storage options, the lift device you need is within reach for home use.

    Let Dansons Medical connect you to the patient lift and other home medical technologies that you need. View our full patient lift selection today, including electric patient lifts, hydraulic patient lifts, slings, and lift parts.

    You’ll get free standard shipping on any product shipped domestically to the mainland United States. Most products will be received within 3-5 business days after they’ve been shipped.

    Visit our FAQ to learn more or contact us with any questions.

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