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When are lifting devices for the elderly appropriate?


When are lifting devices for the elderly appropriate?

While there are many different types of patient transfer equipment on the market, a mechanical

lift is usually recommended for those with extremely limited mobility, poor balance, minimal 

strength, and/or weight-bearing restrictions. The more compromised a senior can't independently

stand up and ambulate safely, the more likely it is that they would benefit from a patient lift equipment

As people get older, knee joints are the most common diseased parts, followed by the heels, cervical

spine, lumbar spine, and other parts of the disease. As the disease becomes worse, it leads to pain in 

the muscles of the leg on walking. People with severe illness may have difficulty in mobility and cannot

take care of themselves, then transfers may be best completed using a patient lift. This is often needed

transfer equipment for patients with moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and

other neurological conditions that affect cognition and/or motor function like stroke.

Patient lifts hold immense benefits for caregivers as well, countless people caring for their loved ones

at home singlehandedly attempt transfers in scenarios where additional hands-on help and durable

medical equipment are needed. Overexertion injuries are fairly common among family caregivers. For

the patient, improper repositioning and transfer techniques can result in serious fall-related injuries, such

as head trauma and fractures, and even death.

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