Patient Lifts: What You Need to Know

Using a Patient LiftOften, it is hard to move persons who are ill or who have mobility issues. Caregivers should remind themselves that transfers might cause them or the person they care for injury if they attempt to do so.

The use of equipment known as lifts and slings is necessary to execute a transfer safely and securely. These days, you can go online and look for rentals offering patient lifts or machines.

Here are some pieces of information about this tool.

Renting Equipment

Slings and patient transfer equipment are available for purchase online or from medical supplies outlets. If you are not planning to use the device again, then it is better to rent for one-time use. The equipment you are looking for must suit the specific needs of the person transferred.

Choose a device with a proven safety record and check the safety features with the supplier before you attempt to use it.

Does Medicare Cover Patient Lifts?

Patient lifts have classifications as DME – durable medical equipment. There are numerous medical devices included in the list, such as crutches, commode chairs, infusion pumps, hospital beds, as well as manual and powered mobility devices.

Medicare covers durable medical equipment – whether for purchase or rental – if the supplier and doctors have coverage. Medicare will pay the claims if you submit all the necessary documents.

Types of Lifts Available

Take time making a choice between the two main categories. A power lifter is an ideal option for a bed to chair transfer. It is also the best equipment to rent when the caregiver has a bad back, and cannot perform transfers properly and safely.

Meanwhile, there are manual lifts operated by hydraulics, which come with a hand pump that is easy to operate.

Modern medical equipment is convenient and safe to use. Choose what is best for the type of transfer you need to do. Learn how to use the device safely, and opt for a rental if you will only use the lift once.