Ceiling Lift Tips & Resources
Rehabilitation at home
It may be possible to be discharged from the hospital earlier if you have a ceiling lift set up in your home. The ceiling lift used by a caregiver, can aid in transferring a person for toileting, showering and to a wheelchair. It can also be used to reposition someone in the bed, eliminating any manual movement that is straining for the caregiver and uncomfortable for the patient. A healthcare provider can make an assessment for this possibility.
If you do not require a ceiling lift, but need assistance to get up from the bed, a sit-to-stand lift is another option. This floorstanding lift provides a sturdy frame and cushioned knee area to help a person get up from a seated position.
Slings and where to start?
There are hundreds of slings available for ceiling lifts. An occupational therapist or nurse may provide you the best information about what sling or slings you will need. A basic, universal sling will work for many clients and is available in a range of sizes. There are many specialized slings as well including hygienic slings that can be used for toileting, repositioning slings meant to more easily move someone in a bed and disposable slings made from paper-like material.
Who pays for ceiling lifts?
Some governments (state and provincial healthcare programs) provide funding for ceiling lifts, while others do not. Check on the funding page for more information, or ask your local dealer about possible funding options for these products.
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