In the days that came before disability lift systems, helping disabled and elderly people to complete their daily routines was a seriously challenging task. For those with mobility issues, something as apparently simple as getting in and out of bed would be dangerous for all people involved. Thanks to the delivery of disability lift systems, we’ve been able to help disabled and elderly people enjoy a more comfortable and convenient lifestyle.
Medical Lift Systems
Medical Lift Systems are used in numerous situations for a variety of patient lifting needs, they provide support to individual appendages or support for the entire body. Some Ceiling Lift Systems provide motorized control and move along a track system that is permanently installed into the area. Other patient lifters and positioning systems are mobile and can be moved from room to room or building to building.
It’s important to use a fit for purpose sling for all patients when using medical lift systems, slings with the sole aim of repositioning a patient who is lying down can also be used in conjunction with virtually all other medical aids, with only some exceptions. This is because the horizontal sling is used like a bedsheet and doesn’t need to be attached to the hoisting hanger until repositioning is needed. This enhances comfort for the patient and practicality for the medical professionals.
Some examples of lift systems being used in medical circumstances include:
- Elevation of a single limb for healing or therapy
- Relocation of a patient from one room to another
- Transfer of a patient from a bed to a wheelchair, or vice versa
- The positioning of a patient to perform procedures
- Alleviation of pressure points that some patients can experience while laying down
- Isolation of a limb to apply or remove dressings
Bariatric Lift Systems
With a ceiling lifts, bariatric patients can easily be lowered, turned, and transferred with almost no physical effort to the caregiver. That means a reduced chance of injury for everyone involved. Ceiling Lifts are a useful product to use for the treatment of bariatric patients, designed not only to offer comfort to the end-user but also reduce the risk of injury for caregivers when those individuals are performing transfer procedures. Bariatric Lift Systems require minimum effort for operation, and in most cases, they can be managed by a single person. There’s also much closer contact between users and caregivers, which means that the movement can be more dignified for the end user. With that in mind, it’s important to ensure that you choose a bariatric hoist that has been specifically designed to provide support for the excess weight.
Rehabilitation Lift Systems
Rehabilitation lift systems are secured using the highest possible standards, which means that the chances of sudden movement are minimised. Additionally, some solutions come with soft start features, which means that the hoist eliminates jerking by gradually building up to its full speed. For the purpose of rehabilitation, it’s best to start very slow and determine the right level of lift for the patient. Different slings can be substituted on the same ceiling hoist depending on the patient and their needs. This is why it’s beneficial for rehabilitation specialists to carry a full inventory of multiple sling sizes and types, as you never know when the need for a specialised sling might arise.
Common lifting and moving procedures in the context of rehabilitation and (re)training:
- Gait training
- Moves in and around the bed
- Assisted active exercises
- Exercises with some weight support
- Training on a treadmill
- Aquatic therapy
- ADL training assistance
- Balance and posture exercises
Even when you feel comfortable that you know enough about slings, hangers, and hoists to place an order, it can help to reach out for assistance just to confirm that your product selection is accurate. With dozens of different product configurations to choose from and even more potential product combinations, don’t make the mistake of assuming you need one type of sling when, in fact, your application calls for one completely different. Having the right disability lift system can provide remarkable benefits for everyday living and routine medical care. HLS Healthcare is happy to answer all of your questions related to any of the Guldmann hoist and sling products we carry – our purpose is patient and carer safety, which leads to better ways of living. Contact us on 1300 931 893.