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What are the Different Patient Lift Types?

Manual Lifts

  • » Most economical option for moving dependent patients
  • » Lifting controlled by caregiver with hydrolic hand pump
  • » Accommodates various sling-types
  • » No power supply makes units highly portable
Things to Consider:
  • » Simultaneous pump operation and patient care may be difficult for solo caregivers
  • » Models with larger casters move better on plush carpets
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Power Lifts

  • » Powered by standard outlet or rechargeable battery pack
  • » Emergency power backup ensures patient safety during any power failure
  • » Remote control gives caregiver freedom to focus on patient care
Things to Consider:
  • » Based on patient's condition, solo caregivers may require assistance for transfers
  • » Self-lifting by patient not recommended
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Stand-Up Lifts

  • » Allows occupant to be transferred easily from a seated position
  • » Especially convenient in weight-bearing practice & commode use
  • » hand grips provide additional stability
Things to Consider:
  • » Patient must have some upper body strength & head/neck control
  • » Patient must be able to bend at hip, knee and ankle
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Heavy-Duty Lifts

  • » 600-pound weight capacity
  • » Increased width provides added stability
  • » Manual and power modes available
Things to Consider:
  • » Based on patient's unique needs, solo caregivers may require assistance during transfers
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Bath Lifts

  • » Allow people with mobility concerns to bathe easily
  • » Reclining position available on most models
  • » Safety features prevent lift from stalling while submerged
Things to Consider:
  • » Ensure tub dimensions match product specifications
  • » Optional headrests and harnesses are available to increase stability
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Patient Lift Types

Which Patient Lift is best for you?

Liko M230 Power Lift Recommended Lift:

Liko M230

For long-term care we recommend using the Liko M230 power lift. This lift is easy to operate and maneuver within the home. It has extremely low base clearance to fit under most beds and furniture.

Hoyer Hydraulic Patient Lifter Recommended Lift:

Hydraulic Patient Lifter

This easy-to-maneauver manual lift by Hoyer provides an economical option and allows for operation from either side of the patient.

Hoyer Journey Stand Aid Recommended Lift:

Journey Stand Aid

The Hoyer Journey lift is an ultra-compact, portable folding stand-aid with best-in-class functionality. It is compact and lightweight allowing for maneuverability in tight spaces.

Invacare lifts have larger wheels for rolling smoothly on thick carpet Recommended Lift:

Invacare Manual or Power Lift

All of the Invacare Lifts are built with wheels large enough to maneuver easily on thick carpeting.

Advance Power Lift Recommended Lift:

Advance Power Lift

Substantial enough to transfer a 340-pound patient yet nimble enough to fold for storage or disassemble quickly for transport.

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Full Body Universal Slings

  • » Provides full support from the back through the buttock and upper leg
  • » Application is best for users who can be rolled to one side and back while sling is positioned
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Universal U-Slings

  • » Provide standard back and upper leg support
  • » Easier application for seated users, than full body slings
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Full Body Bathing Slings

  • » Provides support from back through buttock and upper leg. Has commode cut-out for toileting
  • » Application is best for users who can be rolled to one side and back while sling is positioned
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U-Slings for Bathing

  • » Provide standard back and upper leg support
  • » Easier application for seated users, than full body slings
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Stand-Up Slings

  • » These slings are for Stand-Up style lifts only
  • » Patient must be able to sit-up, be weight bearing, and able to bend at the knee or hip
  • » Ideal for chair-to-bed or seated-to-seated transfers
  • » Can also be used on certain lifts for gait training
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Expert Advice from the SpinTips®

Choosing a Patient Lift

Patient lifts are an integral part of the home care setting.  They make transfers and daily activities easier and they help eliminate injury both to the caregiver and to the patient.  SpinLife carries the top brands including Hoyer patient lifts  and invacare patient lifts.

SpinLife carries a full selection of patient lifts, both manual and battery-powered.  We also offer a comprehensive variety of slings, although we only show the most basic and popular slings on our website.  If your patient sling needs are more specific, please give us a call at 1-800-850-0335 for help selecting the best sling to meet your needs. 

Manual Patient Lifts - These lifts are manual and completely operated by the caregiver.  They have hydraulic assists, lessening the weight that the caregiver has to move.  These lifts are appropriate when cost is a significant factor, the situation doesn't allow easy access to a power source,  or if the patient lift is used for transferring the patient from one room to another.

Power Patient Lifts - These patient lifts are powered either through a standard electrical outlet or by a re-chargeable battery.  The lifting is completely controlled through a hand control, eliminating any physical exertion by the caregiver.  Power patient lifts  also allow the patient to operate some functions independently, as well.  All of these models have manual back-up in case of power failure.

Patient Lift Accessories - Don't forget to get a sling for your lift.  These are sold separately because there are a wide variety of slings to meet all transfer needs.  Contact customer service if you require a specialty sling...we carry the full lines of patient lift slings from Invacare and Hoyer.

Common Questions

Will I be charged sales tax?

Is shipping free?
Yes, if your order is over $50 it will ship for free. (Orders over $50 always ship for free everyday at SpinLife.)

What if something goes wrong with my patient lift?
SpinLife is here to support you throughout the life of your purchase.  We honor all manufacturers warranties.  If you run into trouble, give us a call and we will get it taken care of.

What if I want to return my patient lift?
SpinLife wants you to completely satisfied with your purchase.  If it arrives and it is not what you thought or does not meet your needs, you are free to return it as long as it is in new condition and the original packaging.  The only thing we require is that you pay freight to return the purchased item. Make your choice carefully, patient lifts are heavy so the freight costs to return them can be expensive. Please see our Return Policy for complete details.

 *Sales tax is applied to certain products shipped to the state of Ohio.