Lifting patients can often lead to back injuries, especially when these lifts are performed periodically. For this reason, the technology known as lift assist equipment has been implemented in the hospitals. However, home caregivers, friends and family members might also benefit from using lift assist equipment.
What is the Lift Assist Device Used For?
The lift assist equipment is often used to move patients from the bed to a wheelchair or from a wheelchair to a chair. There are different types of lift assist equipment available depending on the medical condition of the patient. For example, some patients should not be lifted vertically and there is instead a horizontal lift assist device.
Types of Lift Assist Devices Available
One type of lift assist device is a gait belt, which is a device that is designed to place less strain on the patient’s back. The belt is worn around the patient’s waist. Another system that is commonly used is the ceiling track hoists, which is a device attached to the ceiling that allows the patient to be carried horizontally. Then, there is the Hoyer lifts, which lift a patient by a cradle and a boom. This device is like a crane and will lift the patient vertically. For situations where the lift assist devices are too expensive, more affordable alternatives include the sliding boards and sliding sheets.
The sling lift relies on a piece of fabric being placed under the patient. The fabric must be strong enough to hold the weight of the patient. The sit to stand devices are designed for patients who struggle to stand on their own and rely on vests, straps or belts. They help patients get into a position where they can support their own weight.
How Much do Lift Assist Devices Cost?
Lift assist devices have costs that vary depending on the features found in the device. The cost of the Hoyer lifts can range from $400 to $4,000. The cost of the device is partially dependent on the lift capacity of the device. Gait belts have a much lower cost and can range from $5 to $40. Track hoists can range from $2,000 to $3,000.