A ceiling lift is a device that is fixed on a rail system and used to transfer patients in a sling seat from one place to another. This happens when the patient cannot move between a bed, a chair, a toilet, or a wheelchair. Manual lifting of patients takes a toll on time and effort, the patient may even develop back injuries. With a ceiling lift, patients are handled safely and occasional movements are made easier. It saves time and prevents any form of injury to the patient.
Ceiling lift track system advantages
- Prevents injuries. Many injuries are associated with manual methods of lifting patients. These injuries may not only occur on the patient but also on the caregiver. For the patient, they may get back injuries while caregivers may hurt their arms if the patient is too heavy for them to bear.
- Reduces discomfort associated with manual lifting. Thus, the patient is more comfortable and relieves patients of extra burden.
- Economical. The ceiling lifts are economical in such a way that few caregivers are needed to move patients to different places. Considering that most patients require constant movement, this does save on labor.
- Improves staff’s productivity. With ceiling lifts, a single worker can carry out patient transfers quickly and efficiently thus saving time. This is done using a handheld control.
- Saves time. The ceiling lift track system is ready for use and easily accessible to the workers. Moreover, the transfers are done smoothly and efficiently.
- Frees up floor space. After the ceiling lift has been used, it can be stored safely on the overhead track, saving floor space. This enables easy accessibility of the workers to the patients.
Why prefer the ceiling lift to the hoyer/floor lift?
Ceiling lifts are more accessible compared to hoyer lifts. In its true sense, utilizing ceiling space is more economical compared to floor lifts. This, in turn, increases accessibility on the part of the caregivers when assisting patients. Moreover, it would be hard for hospitals to install devices that occupy a lot of space where many patients are involved. Ceiling lifts are also more flexible than floor lifts.
Features of a ceiling lift
- Battery-powered. The motors of portable ceilings are battery-powered and have built-in charging system. The ceiling lifts work for a number of cycles that require charging.
- Lift controls. Controls for the lift are usually found on the unit itself. The caregiver controls it. Others have handheld controllers, which the patient can control by himself. Often, there is a push button to raise or lower the lift.
- Track. The lift moves the patient from one point to another through the pathway, which is the track.
- Sling. This is the place where the patient should be seated during the transfer. Lifting the sling’s material should provide comfort while the patient is being moved from one place to another.
How to choose the best ceiling lift track system
Choosing a ceiling lift would be a step toward selecting a lift that would provide you with the best quality service. Safety and efficiency are some of the most important considerations to make, and you will find that there are reduced risk levels in your home when you have this lifting device installed. The following are some of the most important points to keep when choosing a ceiling lift.
Type of lift: Portable or permanent?
When looking for a ceiling lift, you need to assess what you really want. There are two types of ceiling lifts: portable motor and fixed motor ceiling lifts. Their type depends on how they are attached. Permanent lifts are fixed on a ceiling track in one room and the lift remains attached to the track at all times. Portable lifts are the ones that are available with frames from which a lift can be unhooked and used in another room with a different frame.
Considering the number of rooms that you want to install a ceiling lift system to, you may choose either of the lifts. If the rooms are many, then portable lifts can be used to reduce costs. However, if there are only a few rooms, the permanent ceiling lift is better.
Type of motor: two-function or four-function
The ceiling lift uses a motor system to operate. However, there are two different types of motors:
The two-function motor lifts the patient, after which the caregiver pushes the patient to their destination. The motor then enables the lowering of the patient. It is the cheaper alternative.
The four-function motor lifts, which is more expensive than the two-function, is more effective. It enables raising and lowering of the patient. In addition, it enables movement of the patient along the ceiling track instead of being pushed by the caregiver.
Weight is a very crucial matter to consider before purchasing a ceiling lift. Most lifts can support 300-450 pounds. If the user exceeds this weight, a bariatric ceiling lift with lifting capacities of 800-1000 pounds is available. Depending on the patient, you can choose the most suitable ceiling lift.
Type of slings
Slings should conform to the patient’s needs. Slings should be made of high-grade fabric, durable enough to lift any weight and flexible enough to conform to the patient’s body contour. Delta Accessibility has hundreds of slings options available, even custom made sling can be ordered.
Seek the reliable provider
A ceiling lift is one best way to meet the transfer needs of patients from room to room. Mobility is essential especially in healthcare facilities such as hospitals. Also, for patients staying at home or any member of the family needing efficient mobility due to some ailments, ceiling lifts are an economical way to lessen the burden.
Moving the patient from one point to another with just a single controller and buttons is a great way to alleviate life’s daily hardships. It can also reduce your risk of sustaining physical injuries from carrying patients. At Deltax Accessibility, we are a dedicated team of people who know that life has its challenges but believes that there is always a solution within reach. Our team of experts have the answers to your mobility needs. Contact us now for an assessment.
Want to know more about Ceiling Lifts?
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- Pressure Fit User Guide – 3 Post System
- Pressure Fit User Guide – 4 Post System
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