Frequently Asked Questions on Manual Lifts

When should manual patient lifts be used?

Manual lifts are better than electric lifts in some cases/ like electric lifts are heavy, and hence are hard to use in house and hard to disassemble to put away like in a trunk. Electric powered lifts could be dangerous to use in bath or toilet.

Can manual lifts be used outdoors?

Manual lifts are designed with smaller wheels to be used on smooth surfaces. It is recommended to use it indoor.

Can a manual lift be folded?

Some Manual lifts can be disassembled to three pieces and can fit in a regular trunk. Lightweight materials make them easy to push and put it away.

What is a sit to stand lift?

Sit-to-stand lifts are used to transfer patients/residents between two seated positions (e.g., seated on the edge of the bed to a wheelchair, or wheelchair to commode or shower chair). A sit-to-stand device is designed to support only the upper body of the resident and therefore requires the resident to be able to bear some weight. A sit-to-stand device is designed to replace the manual stand-and-pivot transfer that is performed frequently by caregivers when transferring a weight-bearing resident/patient from a seated posture to a standing posture or different seated surface.

Who can use a sit to stand lift?

A sit-to-stand lift is recommended be used with only those residents/patients who can bear some body weight. Depending on how much weight bearing capacity the resident has, the sit-to-stand device can raise the resident just high enough for short distance transfers for instance bed to wheelchair or to bedside commode, or to a fully standing posture for longer distance transfers.