Devices Offering Great Solutions (DOGS)
Devices to help you move in and out of your chair, bed, or bath.
About Patient Lift
A patient lift is a mechanical or motorized device that assists or takes the place of a caregiver moving your body. The lift might help you get out of bed, into the bath, or transfer between wheelchairs.
What kinds of patient lifts are there?
Manual Hydraulic Patient Lift
Hydraulic lifts use a manual crank or lever system to lift you in a cloth sling. The sling is arranged underneath you and then attached to the arm of the lift by hooks. A helper is needed to do this safely. These lifts are on wheels so they can be moved easily.
Electric Patient Lift
Electric lifts use a battery-operated arm to lift you in a cloth sling. The sling is arranged underneath you and then attached to the arm of the lift by hooks. A helper is needed to do this safely. These lifts are on wheels so they can be moved easily.
Stand Up Lift
A stand up lift helps you move from a seated position to a standing position. It may have bars for you to hold onto and knee pads for you to lean against.
Ceiling Track Lift
A ceiling lift is a motorized lift that descends from overhead. It uses a sling. Some ceiling lifts can be self-operated by a single person.
How can I find out what’s new?
Technology changes all the time. To find out about the latest options for these, you can type keywords into a search engine such as Google, Safari, Firefox, or Bing on a computer or tablet. These are the keywords for this type of item:
- hydraulic patient lift
- electric patient lift
- hoyer lift
- ceiling track lift
- stand up lift
How do I find out more?
If you live in the US outside of Pennsylvania, you can find your state’s AT program.
If you live in Pennsylvania:
- you could contact TechOWL to work with a specialist. We can meet with you and sometimes demonstrate this equipment. We can also help with different ways to get one for your own.
- you might borrow this equipment to try out.
Are these in Pennsylvania’s AT Lending Library?