I need help for my wife to help her get out of bed and to move about 5ft in 1 direction Thanks Ed
I think we can help with this. Looks like they're alternatively referred to as "patient lift", "patient hoist", "sling lift", etc.
I'm seeing the mobile type of lifts, and the overhead crane type. The mobile ones look extremely similar to your standard shop crane, but finished in white, a comfy sling added, and with the price significantly "enhanced". The crane types look like either a bridge crane, or a gantry crane.
Do you have a preference between the mobile lift, bridge-type lift, or gantry-type lift?
Been there - -A Hoyer lift is simply an engine crane with larger wheels that will go under a bed frame. It has a hydraulic cylinder you pump up. The cradle at the top has 6 hooks that will hold the sling. You must get the sling separate -about $200. This will be a good one that will allow you to cross the legs from right to left and left to right. A patient will slip out of a sling if you just lift the right leg hook to the right hook and left to the left hook. You will get a large instruction manual with the sling. Get the sling first but get a good one as I suggested. Next be extremely careful, the lift can tip over with a person in it. The lift can be rented if you choose from a supplier for geriatric people(potty chairs, walkers, wheel chairs etc) You will have to make the frame for the sling to hook to. This should be strong enough to hold a large person because there are side forces at work. Once the person is out of the bed and you want to transport them to another space, lower them near the floor to lessen the tendency to tip the crane. Go online look up pictures, do your research. You do not want something to go wrong.
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