They may not seem as versatile as a floor lift, but they are extremely convenient in rooms where there is not much space available. In order to take full advantage of this type of disabled lift, the track layout should be well planned by an experienced installer.
Some overhead lifts are installed permanently in hospitals or homes. They are comprised of a lift motor that travels along a ceiling-mounted track. The strap connected to the motor is then connected to a sling cradle. The patient is lifted into the sling cradle and then the device lifts the patient into the air and propels him/her along the track and then lowers them at the intended location.
The other choice that available is a portable overhead lift. These lifts are very light and weigh between 12 to 16 pounds. However, even though it is lightweight, the portable system can still manage to hoist close to 440 pounds. It is made for portability with an easy catch to the tracks and can be instantly deployed for transfer. Some of these models come with remote controls.
If you decide to purchase a portable lift, it is advisable to always have a spare battery available and fully charged. The battery of a portable ceiling lift is a 24V 2AH that can be charged using normal wall power. Depending on the weight of the user, the battery should be able to last 15-25 transfers. If you notice that the battery is depleting faster than usual or you consistently hear a beeping sound, it could be a sign that the battery has been ruined and requires replacement.
I suggest that you take your time, research properly, and choose the proper lift. You will be glad that you did.