Three Questions To Ask Before Buying A Patient Lift

Before you wade into the market for a patient lift you need three key pieces of information. After you answer these questions, you’ll have a better idea of what to look for and what to ask about as you search for a patient Luna ceiling hoist.

1. Do you want a manual or electric lift?

A manual patient lift relies on power supplied by the operator—usually through a hydraulic pump. An electric lift uses a motor, usually powered by a rechargeable battery. Manual lifts are usually less expensive because they require fewer parts; they have no electronics, motors, hand controls, control boxes, or batteries. 

Generally, hospitals and other facilities prefer the convenience of electric lifts, while manual lifts are a good choice for home settings. 

2. How much weight will the lift need to support?

Every lift has a maximum weight capacity. Make sure the one you choose can support as much weight as you need it to. If your patient has lost weight due to his or her condition, choose a lift that can support the patient’s previous weight. The patient may regain the weight as he or she regains health.

3. How high will you need the lift to lift your patient?

This question is actually less important than it used to be. Hospital beds are much more adjustable now and most patient lifts are able to pick patients up from as low as the floor. It’s still important to confirm that the lift you choose can meet your height requirements, but most likely, it will.