What to Look for in an Overhead Ceiling Lift
Deciding on a ceiling or overhead lift for the disabled, elderly, or any other caregiver situation can be overwhelming. When you’re going to spend often considerable money on a lifting device, you want to make sure you factor in the following to get the best model for your situation.
Consider Your Space
A wheelchair patient lift requires much more space to maneuver than one for a patient who only needs a walker or cane. Check and double check the measurements of the lifter, the room around your bed, and the size of any wheelchairs being used. A portable ceiling lift will often require less floor space for the overhead portion of the stand. A ceiling-installed track does not take up any of your floor space. Therefore these are often the most efficient types of lifts for a home setting.
A ceiling lift is installed exactly as the name would suggest: on the ceiling. So, this is a vital aspect to consider when selecting a lift. You need to have a sturdy ceiling and one you are allowed to drill into. Ceiling-mounted options can be great for long-term, permanent care if the installation is done correctly in a firm ceiling.
However, if you live in a rental that does not allow you to install a track or the ceiling is old, damaged, or weak for the weight capacity needed, you will need to select a lift with an overhead stand/freestanding model such as the Liko FreeSpan™ SR with Likorall 200 Lift Motor. Also note, an installed ceiling track might even require a building permit in some areas. So, check into your housing restrictions.
Type of Assistance
Temporary or shorter-term assistance is for those in a recovery period from situations such as falls, surgeries, or other injuries or illnesses. A portable lift or one that does not require mounting to the ceiling can be an excellent option in this situation.
For longer-term care, installing a permanent ceiling track is recommended for more stability if possible. A portable lift, if you prefer this option, can be removed and used at a variety of locations if needed.
Fixed or Portable
If you’d prefer to use your lift in different rooms or even take it with you for travel or to another home, consider a portable unit. The benefit of mobile models is that they are often much lighter and easier to maneuver even when they stay in your home for a while. Just be sure the weight capacity works for you if that is a consideration that is particularly important in your circumstance.
Selecting Overhead Lift
Once you consider your budget, portability needs, ceiling or freestanding preference, and space you’re on your way to making an informed selection for your lift. Be sure any caregivers know how to use the lifter and have it installed correctly. Caregivers should read the instructions thoroughly to prevent any injuries to yourself or themselves (such as straining their back) while using a lift.