October 3, 2017 Jeff Conner
When choosing lifts, think of yourself as well as the other caregivers before buying. Convenience, versatility, and quality are key, as well as service and support from vendors.
Buying a lift or other mobility devices is a big decision and one that should take many needs into consideration. In addition to ensuring the well-being and security of the user, it also requires insight into the distinct needs of the caregivers with consideration into the home or place that the device will be used.
When choosing lifts, think of yourself as well as other caregivers
While it is imperative to think of the user when choosing and buying lifts, it is also integral to consider the needs of the caregiver, too. Caregivers will also be utilizing, modifying, and transporting devices, which makes it important to look for devices with them in mind. Furthermore, these aids can significantly reduce incidents of caregiver injury during lifts, transports, and daily routines.
Some things to think about include:
Convenience is key when making the decision to implement lifts and aids; after all, it if isn’t easy to use, it won’t be helpful or able to increase access. Talk with vendors about convenient controls, simple utilization, and about installation options to ensure everyone is able to master the utility of the device, and that it becomes a natural part of the home environment.
Another aspect to consider is how versatile the device is; will the lift transport various sized patients? How will it fit and meld with the layout and configuration of the home? Versatility may also include features such as curvatures for stair lifts, as not all stairways are linear and straight. Consider what your distinct environment looks like and how the device will need to be flexible and versatile to make it a pragmatic option for your living situation.
Always opt for quality devices, made in the USA, that are backed by the retailer. Don’t skimp on features that will make your life ultimately easier, as this is likely a device that will be used regularly, perhaps daily. Don’t buy second-hand mobility aids as this could compromise safety, security, and longevity of the product.
Make sure that whoever is using or assisting with use of the device is comfortable, too. From the cushioning of the seat to non-slip grip handles, look for details that will contribute to overall comfort whenever possible. Even factors such as the fabric and upholstery of the lift’s seat can make a big difference, too, in both how it feels when seated to ease of caring and cleaning the surface.
Make life a whole lot easier on all involved by seeking out a vendor that offers professional installation. You should never try to install a lift without expert assistance as it could compromise safety and put those using the device at risk of a potential injury, as well as cause property damage in the process.
How accessible does the device make your home? Consider the potential and whether it actually makes the difference that you are hoping that it does. For instance, if you want a lift to provide access to your vehicle, how will the device be stowed or stashed once you- or the patient- are in the driver’s seat? Consider the entire scenario in terms of access and pragmatism before deciding which device or equipment makes the most sense for your situation.
Support and service after you buy your lift are going to be crucial; this is a need that both patients and caregivers are vested in. If something goes askew with the function, or if you are having difficulty operating it, who are you going to call? When you buy mobility devices from a reputable merchant, you will have support and service available to assess your situation and offer advice, which can be a compelling and invaluable feature for any consumer.
Consider a wide range of lift options:
Different lifts provide different access around the home; make sure to consider the user’s lifestyle and routine when making investment decisions and before augmenting the home environment. Some of the available options include:
- Stairlifts. Increase access around the home- including up-stairs, steps, or other areas that might have otherwise been inaccessible.
- Vehicle lifts. Maintain autonomy and get around easier with lifts for your distinct vehicle.
- Porch lifts. Sometimes the biggest obstacles are a rise, step, or ramp that leads to outside areas, like porches, gardens, and yards.
- Ceiling lifts. Provide security and safety with ceiling lifts designed to assist patients and caregivers during activities of daily living (ADLs).
Contact Pacific Mobility for a needs-assessment:
Buy your lifts and mobility aids from reputable vendors that will perform a thorough assessment of the individual’s needs before buying. Be dubious of businesses that are less concerned with the needs and preferences of the client, and that seems more focused on the sale. This also ensures the option of professional installation, as well as service and support after the purchase of equipment.
President, Husband, Father, Grandfather Graduate of UC Davis- Bio Sci Major- Go Aggies! Jeff has extensive experience in all of Pacific Mobility’s products and services, and specializes in accessibility products as well as stair lifts, ceiling lifts and custom wheel chairs. His hobbies include spending time with family, gardening, mountain biking, exercising and off road motorcycle riding.
- 24 years as Owner/President of Pacific Mobility Center – selling, installing, and servicing stairlifts, porch lifts, ceiling lifts, pool lifts, handicap ramping, specialty wheelchairs, scooters, power wheel chairs, and other power mobility devices
- Certified Environmental Access Consultant since 2008
- Licensed General Contractor since 1998
- Certified Aging in Place Specialist since 2016
- Board Member for Home Access Professionals
- Member of Association of Members of the Accessibility Equipment Industry (AEMA)