Our First Patient Lift

Our First Patient Lift


The first patient lift we bought was one of the chrome Hoyer hydraulic lift.  It was the one recommended by one of the nurses at the hospital.  That ended up being one of the first bad purchases we made, simply because we did not know better.  Our shinny new lift spent the better part of the first year with us in a spare room, because it took up to much space and ended up being in the way more often then it help.  I found it easy to just manually transfer Jeff then to drag out the lift.   As Jeff became independent, the lift was needed less and it was banished to the storage shed where it stayed till we gave it to a family that needed one.  The problem is that we still need a lift for that rare but inevitable time when a transfer goes south and Jeff ends up on the floor.  As I get older my back does not like it when I try to get Jeff from floor to bed or chair and unfortunately there is not always someone around to help. 


If we knew then what we know now, we would have purchased a portable patient lift instead of the one we did get.   With a portable lift we can easy store it in a closet out of the way of daily traffic, yet close enough to get out when needed. 

 Portable floor lifts are great for those who do not need a lift on a daily bases,  is tight on space but need the comfort of knowing a patient lift is available if the need arises.


Some of the older floor lifts come apart, that is the mast and base come apart, however, these are not considered portable floor lift.  Portable patient lifts are designed not to come apart in order to reduce the risk of losing parts while disassembled and to allow for quick setup time.  The mast generally fold down onto the base creating a compact unit that can be stood up in the back of a closet or in some cases stored under a bed.  They are simple to set up as they unfold and are ready to lend a hand.   You do not sacrifice size or performance with a portable lift as compared to its non portable counter parts. 

So if a lift is not part of your daily routine but you would like the piece of mind of know you can get your loved one off the floor with out having to call 911, then you should at least consider a portable floor lift.  


What’s available for your consideration:

  • Hoyer – has the Advance Patient Lift in either the manual (hydraulic) or powered (battery) versions.
  • BHM – the Junior, a misleading name, because the Junior has one of the tallest mast heights for any patient lift. This is a battery powered lift.
  • Molift – the Molift Smartis a battery powered portable patient lift.  The Molift Smart is the easyiest of these lifts to fold down, but it is also the most expensive of them.  The Molift is the only portable lift that offers a hard carrying case which is priceless if your plans will take you through an airport.  With the hard case option your portable lift has a fighting chance of making it to your destination in a workable condition.

You can go to Live Well Medical to get more information on these portable lifts or call us if you have questions.


One thought on “Our First Patient Lift

  1. Hi. I was very happy to fid your site – I have questions about patient lifts.

    My husband has fairly advanced ALS, and now cannot transfer from his motorized wheelchair or hospital bed or get off the floor without a great deal of assistance. I’ve had to call 911 when he falls during transfers. Showering and toileting are especially scary. My husband weighs 190 pounds. I am small (120 pounds) and I have a bad back, which doesn’t help! I am not sure I can manage the traditional hoyer lift on my own. Each day is more challenging than the day before. He relies on me, and I’m not that strong.

    We have heard great things about the Molift Smart 150. Does your company bill insurance for your lifts? We have a Cigna PPO with the highest level DME coverage offered. It is possible that the actual coverage would be limited to the cost of a manual hoyer type lift, but every bit the insurance would contribute toward the product would help. We have a prescription from my husband’s neurologist. We are interested in a Molift Smart 150 plus sling and whatever other accessories are necessary.

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

    Fran Finney, caregiver and loving spouse for a Person with ALS

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