Access: Finding the Right Ceiling LiftBy Ruder, Ian; Life in Action, Volume 2, Number 1, pages 24-25
Publication Date: January/February 2012
Article discusses things to consider when choosing a ceiling lift system for at-home transfers from a bed or wheelchair. Before finding a suitable lift, it is important to ascertain whether the residence can accommodate it or, in the case of renters, whether the landlord will allow its installation. Funding is another aspect to consider, as few insurance companies are likely to pay much, if any, of the cost. A previously owned system can be a cost-saving option. Which type of lift to choose, from wall mounted, freestanding, or traditional beam mounted models, depends on whether the device will be used to transfer independently or with the assistance of others. According to an expert on ceiling lifts quoted, the two essentials for independent transferring are a lateral motor in addition to the motor that lifts, and a sling that can be manipulated by the user. An example of the latter given is a non-fabric sling for the facilitation of self-transferring made by SureHands. Once the type of ceiling lift is chosen, the article recommends finding the best local vendor and installation team available to provide the system and customer service needed. A trained vendor should be available for product demonstrations. A case report is included of a patient with spinal cord injury who found a SureHands lift following extensive online research. Options chosen included a fabric sling and a long track that connected the patient’s bedroom to the bathroom and allowed him to access the bathtub.
Assistive Products Discussed: SUREHANDS 2000 SERIES TRACK-TO-TRACK SYSTEM
Published by: United Spinal Association (Website:http://www.unitedspinal.org)
United Spinal Association (Web Site: http://www.unitedspinal.org )