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How Patient Lifts Help Caregivers

Being in good health emotionally and physically is of utmost importance when you are a primary caregiver. Not only are you continually doing everyday chores that put a strain on your back, but you are also lifting and caring for a loved one. Patient lifts are important tools to provide safer transfers for both the patient and the caregiver. Back, neck and shoulder injuries are some of the most common injuries to caregivers. It is believed that more than 50 percent of all muscular/skeletal injuries occur as a result of lifting or moving patients. One way to alleviate this risk is by investing in a lift. This not only spares your back, but also allows for safer transport of the person under your care.

Several types of lifts are available, depending on your needs:

Permanent or ceiling lifts – are typically installed on ceiling tracks or up stairs and are designed to transfer from bed into a wheelchair, or to bathrooms and other parts of the house.

Portable lifts – are floor based lifts used to transfer patients. You may hear portable lifts referred to as hoyer lifts. A hoyer lift is a brand of portable lifts and there many other brands that may work for you. We recommend Liko Portable Lifts for their durability and reliability. When purchasing a portable lift check the clearance height of your bed compared to the height of the lift base. Call us to assist in selecting the right lift for your situation.

Sit-to-stand lifts - assist a person who is sitting move up into a semi-upright position allowing a person who can walk, to do so; or making it easier to transfer a person to a wheelchair or walker; some reclining chairs offer this feature.

In addition to utilizing a lift, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases suggests that the best things you can do to prevent back pain are:

  • Exercise often and keep your back muscles strong. Yoga can be helpful.
  • Maintain a healthy weight or lose weight if you weigh too much. To have strong bones, you need to get enough calcium and vitamin D every day.
  • Try to stand up straight and avoid heavy lifting when you can. When you lift something heavy, bend your knees and keep your back straight.