As the life expectancy rate of people are increasing, there is an emphasis on streamlining elderly care due to the rising social costs of looking after this group of people. The shortfall in professional caregivers is made up by the introduction of equipments which will increase the efficiency and productivity of patient healthcare. When it comes to transferring elderly or disabled patients from their bed to other locations, there are a couple of device assisted solutions that will help reduce the manual effort by caregivers. You can either use the floor lift system or the ceiling lift system, each having its own merits.
Space Considerations of Floor Lift and Ceiling Lift
One major consideration point when choosing between Floor Lift System such as the Hoyer Lift and the Ceiling Lift system is the amount of space you have available in the areas of movement. Floor lift system usually takes up more space because it is on a set of wheels and pushed around by the assistant. This will be difficult if the room has furniture and other obstacles that may cause inconvenience. Moreover, floor lifts have problems moving on carpets and fitting under a bed frame. On the contrary, if you have tight space constraints, it is advisable to buy a ceiling lift which do not take up any floor space since the track is already pre-defined and installed on the ceiling.
Ceiling lifts are mostly sold to private home owners who care for their old parents at home. Floor Lifts are more mobile than Ceiling Lifts as you can push the patient hoisted anywhere in the premise, even outdoors. The latter is constrained by the track system laid and is less mobile.
Though these two patient transfer systems perform the same function, their prices do differ significantly. A good Floor Lift system such as the Invacare Hydraulic Patient Lift costs only about $500. Ceiling Lift systems are usually more costly because of the stronger motor and the track system that needs to be installed. A normal ceiling lift can cost upwards of $1000.
Maintenance Floor Lifts and Ceiling Lifts
Before you decide to purchase either lift systems, you must consider the operations and maintenance because it is for the long term. Operations wise, both floor lift and ceiling lift systems are user friendly and you will not have much problems using them. For Maintenance wise, floor lifts are easier to repair when it is broken. It can even be sent back to the dealer for repair. It is more complex when ceiling lift breaks down. You may have to request for technical support as it is difficult to assess the fault, especially in the track system. It is also a hassle to maintain the track which is located on the ceiling. You will need to clean the track regularly as dust build up will obstruct the movements of the lift.