When to use a portable lift
Patient Lifts are generally used with patients who have physical limitations (amputee) or health concerns, can’t bear weight, or for those individuals who can’t be manually transferred because they are very heavy. Many people choose to install a ceiling lift but this isn’t always appropriate for everyone. Perhaps the structural design of your home cannot accommodate a ceiling lift or you don’t want to make any changes to the overall look of your home by installing a ceiling track. Caregivers who are working in a residence with limitations that don’t allow for a ceiling lift can still take care of a patient at home economically and hassle-free with a portable lift.
Lifting patients has become a serious concern when it comes to workplace injury for caregivers, and if you are taking care of a loved one at home then that includes you. A patient lift can greatly reduce this risk by taking care of the lifting in order to save your back. This article will explain when it is appropriate to use a portable lift.
First let’s start with some of the ways a portable lift can help with patient transfer.
From Bed to Wheelchair
You can use a portable lift for transferring a patient from a bed, or lying position, to a wheelchair, or seated position.
From Wheelchair to Commode
Portable lifts provide safe transfer from a wheelchair to a commode chair. This is especially important for maintaining patient privacy and dignity.
From Wheelchair or Bed to Bathtub
Portable lifts are an excellent way to provide hygiene care that is both safe and supportive. Assisted transfer in this way also places less strain on staff and minimizes the likelihood of injury. Maintaining high energy levels when caring for others is critical to everyone’s well-being.
Is a total body lift necessary for everyone? The answer is no. Patients who have some mobility should continue, under the supervision of trained staff, to bear some body weight.
One device that is particularly effective at supporting people who can weight bear and those who can’t is the Rifton Tram. Tram stands for ‘transfer and mobility’. It offers three separate functions: gait training, sit to stand transfers, and seated transfers. Learning how to use a portable lift such as the Rifton Tram will save you time, money, and energy. Because the Tram offers three separate functions, it can be used by different departments within a facility for patients with different needs.
When first beginning to use a portable lift, it is always important to learn as much as you can and ask the right questions. Some of these questions include: Does the device come with training videos? What do I do if the lift stops working? Is the lift CSA approved? What is the warranty?
Making proper use of a portable lift requires that the staff or caregivers using the lift receive adequate hands-on training. It is to no one’s benefit for a shiny new lift to sit in the corner because people haven’t been trained, nor educated, on the excellent benefits that a portable lift can provide. If you have questions, your local vendor can help narrow your search by providing timely answers, additional training, and tech support.