Safe Patient Handling is a key phrase for protecting patients and caregiver and a national initiative for protecting the health of heath care professionals and individuals being cared for alike. This initiative coincides with advancements in technology and resources for patient handling systems that help with: transfers, repositioning, and safeguards for standing and exercise activities.
Solutions for safe transfers, ambulation, and repositioning are highly individualized. Seeking the perspective of an experienced physical or occupational therapist can be valuable in finding the right solution for safe transfer needs.
Ceiling lifts: solutions for accessible transfers and exercise
Ceiling lifts provide safe and effective means of dependent transfers for individuals who require total assist for transfers. Often times a ceiling lift can provide a great alternative to accessible bathroom remodeling as it can provide access to the tub and shower of the bathroom safely and effectively.
Ceiling lift transfers provide an advantage over hoyer lifts
- space saving – don’t take up floor space
- manageable for a single person to assist
- no risk of tipping as hoyers can be top heavy
- allow access over tubs
- access to the bathroom without costly remodeling
Ceiling lift systems can also provide support that other lift systems do not provide, this includes standing activities with the support and protection of a standing harness system. This provides a whole new level of opportunity for independence and safety. See our YouTube video for more insight on use of a standing harness system for walking activities: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srfs0vZmZYw
Ceiling lifts can be both fixed as well as portable options which can be easily setup and taken down within 15 minutes, fit over variable sized beds, and holding weight capacities up to 440 pounds.
An alternative to ceiling lifts that work well for other situations include wall lift systems which can reach out up to 8 feet providing extended reach for transfers and assistance in the bathroom or the home.
Another standing system that provides an opportunity for access and safety in the home is the standing lift system such as the Sara Stedy. These lifts can allow access on the standing into and out of the bathroom doorway with a narrow clearance and access. This system is well suited to individuals who are able to come to standing with assistance but have limited endurance, or individuals who may be able to grasp, and have cognitive limitations (such as Alzheimers or Dementia, but have difficulty with following cues when up). Optional trunk supports can be utilized in conjunction with these systems to provide increased support and stability.
Other lift technology includes options for power standing and power hoyer lifts, there are a number of innovative solutions available from quality manufacturers such as Arjo, Waverly Glen, Prism, and Tollos. Power standing lifts such as the one pictured provide a great transfer solution that promotes weight bearing, range of motion, and provides easy access for hygiene, lower body dressing and toileting assistance.
BILD is a unique company with physical and occupational therapists and factory trained lift installers. We provide a variety of lift options, harnesses, and portable lifts. BILD offers fixed ceiling lifts, wall lift systems, portable ceiling lifts, standing lifts, power hoyers, sara stedy, and power standing lifts. We provide both sales and rental solutions for safety and independence. Please visit our website online to learn more about accessible lift options, and work along with the region’s accessible lift experts to find the right solution for your home. Visit www.bildnow.com or call us today at 262-671-2032 (WI) or 847-453-8866 (IL)