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A New Year, it’s Time to Inspect Your Slings



Checking the condition of your sling is an important task that should be performed frequently. You can quickly inspect your sling before each use. There are two main areas to review and ensure your sling is in proper working order: Wear & Tear and Size.

Wear & Tear: Ensuring your sling is in proper working condition is imperative to the safety of the user. Do not use any slings or lifting accessories that show signs of damage and wear.

Below are some ways to check your sling:

  • Check for fraying at the edges
  • Stretch the fabric for weak points
  • Look for holes in the fabric, even small holes can be dangerous
  • Look for loose stitching on the seams
  • Check for Discoloration

    Size: Proper support and sizing are key to the safety and comfort of the user. Slings are generally sized by an estimated weight range. Please note body type is not taken into account when it comes to suggested weight ranges on slings.

    Ways to check sizing of your sling (note the user’s weight and body conditions can change):

  • Sling is too large: the user’s bottom may dip below of the opening. You may also have extra material that envelopes the user.
  • Sling is too small: it may pinch or be uncomfortable for the user. There is also a risk of the person’s head being too close to the sling bar during lifting operation.
  • A proper sling size should support the user comfortably.

  • A high back sling: fits snuggly under the users bottom and legs. The back should come to the top of the head or slightly higher to fully support the head and neck.
  • The cross-leg design: The lower back edge of the sling should be positioned at the user’s tailbone and the leg straps should be positioned under the user’s legs and secured at the sling bar. The user should be in a slightly reclined seated position.
  • A gait training vest: adjustable safety belt or buckle accommodates most body types. The vest should fit around the user’s chest. Optional leg harness keeps the vest from sliding under the arms and provides added support for the user.


  • How to clean your sling: Cleaning your sling properly helps maintain its condition. The average life span of a sling is 1-3 years, depending on usage and lifting types. Inspect your sling on a regular basis to make sure it is safe. If you have any questions as to safety, purchase a new sling.

  • Follow the sling manufacturers’ directions
  • Hand wash with mild detergent and hang to dry
  • Use a washing machine on gentle cycle with cold water and air dry only
  • Do not bleach your sling
  • Remove all chains, straps and sling bars before washing


  • Slings are a useful tool for in home care daily use. There are sling options for all lifting situations and brands. We offer full body, commode & bathing, general purpose, heavy duty, and gait training slings. You can choose from top selling brands such as Molift, Liko, Joern’s, Handicare and more. If you need help with ordering new a sling, give our expert team a call at 877-808-4540 or email us at service@adaptivespecialties.com.