Benefits of using a patient lift

Patient positioning, Benefits of Using a Patient Lift

When it comes to patient positioning, a caregiver would usually exert a lot of force or power.  This is to transfer the patient from the bed to a chair or vice versa. At times, the job of a caregiver can even be more difficult.  Especially when the patient or the elderly that they are attending to is twice as heavy as they are. However, the job of caregivers can be easier when they use a patient lift. Aside from patients who are already immobile, this is also a device used for elderly patients who can no longer support their own weight.

A patient lift is not only suitable for nursing homes, but can also be used at home when patients choose to recover in the comforts of their home. It is also the same with families who are letting their elderly loved ones stay in their homes.  This is instead of leaving them in any healthcare facilities.

There are more and more health facilities using patient lift mainly because of the benefits it can offer both to the patients and caregivers.

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Some of the main benefits that this device can offer are the following:

  • It provides safety to patients.

The main benefit of lifts is ensuring that patients are safe whenever they try move. Especially from their beds to a chair or vice versa. It can also benefit patients who are trying to do certain activities on their own.  For example, like going to the bathroom to take a shower, pee, or do their bowel movement. This will also help the staff of a healthcare facility in making sure that they can handle patients especially the elderly with a lot of care.

  • It decreases the number of staff required for moving one patient.

When moving a patient, regardless of the weight, it requires one or two caregivers, staff or family members in order to be safe. Patient positioning requires more people especially when the patient in need is totally immobile.  This is because the staff will have to deal with all the weight. However, with a lift, moving a patient may require one staff only without putting too much effort.

  • There are ceiling lifts that saves space while providing maximum support to the user.

A patient lift can be installed permanently to the ceiling.  This is most advantageous for those lacking a space for storing the device when not in use.

However, the installation of this lift must be correct and secure to avoid added or serious injuries to the user when using it on their own.

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With all of these benefits in mind, you will understand why there are a lot of healthcare facilities that are encouraging the use of lifts for their patients. This makes it easier for caregivers to attend to the other needs of other patients.  In addition,  while assuring the safety of patients.

If you are searching for lifts, it is necessary that you look for a provider of quality units. This way, you are confident that the ones you are using will not cause any injuries or issues to the patient.


14 thoughts on “Benefits of using a patient lift

    • Brian Patterson says:

      This is a timely post for me. I just got out of the hospital after an 8 day — unexpected — stay, part of it in ICU. I’m a large person and one of my fears is being immobile and at the mercy of hospital staff to try and move me around. Fortunately, this past time, I was able to get in and out of bed on my own power with just a little help.
      But if I were immobile, it would be a tough job for one or even two people to try and move me. Seems to me this type of equipment should be encouraged in all facilities.

      • elderlysafetyproducts says:

        Hi Brian,
        Wow, anytime you have to stay at the ICU; that’s pretty serious. I hope you are okay. Yes, patient lifts definitely come in handy, especially when the patient is immobile. Take care.

  1. Katie says:

    I completely agree with you. I used to be a CNA and when I was brand new they expected me to lift patients all by myself. I was only 120 lbs and I refused. It was not safe for me or the patient! The lift is necessary! Thanks for writing this!

    • elderlysafetyproducts says:

      Hi Katie,

      I’m glad you refused! Sometimes it is more dangerous to try to help. Especially when the patient is much heavier than you. Have a great day, cheers!!!

  2. Udoh says:

    So how safe are these lifts? Are the elderly people afraid to use them or what’s their take? Based on this article, it seems that everyone/facilities dealing with transferring people should use these lifts not just for the sake of the patients but also for the backs of the caregivers.

    Thank you for the post!

  3. Jed says:

    That is a very useful equipment. Especially for the elderly and bed ridden patients. It will help solve the mobility problems associated with such patients and put both the caregiver and the patient at ease. Thanks for sharing this important information.

    • elderlysafetyproducts says:

      Hi Jed,
      Thanks for the positive feedback! We have to remember that this equipment is not only helping the patient, but also the worker too. Many injuries can be avoid by using a patient lift, and backs saved! Cheers.

  4. Craig says:

    I’m sure all of the care homes or institutions should have these as a prerequisite. We have been kind of struggling on in our family without one of these but I don’t think we can for much longer. Where is the best place to buy and will they deliver?

  5. Scott Grant, ATP, CRTS says:

    I work with disabled, elderly, and seniors as a provider of manual and power wheelchairs. I see so many family members use poor techniques to transfer these patients. Many of them do not realize that if they injure their back, their loved one will be greatly affected by this. They could even end up bed bound. Many insurance plans will pay for lifts too so there really isn’t an excuse. Caregivers have to take care of themselves too!

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