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