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    Travel Lift for Cruise?

    We'll be on a week-long Alaska cruise in August. On our last cruise, we rented a lift; as I recall, that set us back on the order of $275. The lift was the same clunky Hoyer that we have at home, and I could probably buy an equivalent (used) one for the cost of that rental. We used a Beasy board for the transfer to & from the bed in the hotel pre-cruise - that nearly was a disaster, as the bed was so high that we almost didn't make the uphill transfer & my wife nearly hit the floor.
    So anyway, I figure these are our choices now -

    1. We could take our lift with us this time. It only disassembles into a couple of large parts. That would mean rolling it the long way up to the ship, which would make quite a sight, as well as being a PITA.
    2. We could rent again and at least have a lift on the ship; take our chances with the transfer board in the hotel before & after the cruise (I haven't used the board for over a year; we now use the Hoyer and I'm putting in a ceiling lift).
    3. We could purchase a travel lift, like the Molift Smart or Hoyer Advance. But golly, those are expensive, especially the Molift!!! We don't travel much, so I don't know if I could justify that cost. I've been looking on eBay for a number of months, but haven't seen any.
    4. Does anyone between, say, Eugene (we're in Newberg) and Vancouver have a travel lift like one of the above that they would be willing to rent to me for (name a price) for a couple of weeks?

    Any other ideas?
    - Richard

    p.s. Spoke too soon - there's a Molift Smart on eBay right now. Buy it now for (only) $2950!!! Ack.
    Last edited by rfbdorf; 05-31-2009 at 12:37 PM.

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    Can't help you with a loan, but check out the Arjo Trixie (no longer made) also list on eBay. Not quite as easy to transport as the Hoyer Advance or Molift, but it does fold up very compact and I have used it in the past...it is a good lift, and one of the better ones for getting someone in and out of a car.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Arjo-Trixie-Pati...3%3A2|294%3A50

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    Maybe a local Molift or Liko dealer can let you "demo" the lift...for a week! Dealers are usually listed on manufacturer's websites.

    Hell, renting from someone who has one not in use is a great idea..hopefully someone will know of someone in area here. too bad the cruise ship doesn't have them as accomodations..

    I got a hotel in Jamaica to buy and pay for ..a raised toilet seat when they measured thier toilet at 15" high..but of course that was only under $100!

    I am sure a Veteran could get one from their local VA unit..again as a demo. .

    I wish you luck and have a great time on the cruise..

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    KLD, Thanks for the pointer to the Arjo. Unfortunately it's in NY and they won't ship. But I'll put that type on my list to look for.
    Sherocks -Thanks for the ideas. The DMEs I've dealt with won't even do overnight demos.
    - Richard

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfbdorf View Post
    KLD, Thanks for the pointer to the Arjo. Unfortunately it's in NY and they won't ship. But I'll put that type on my list to look for.
    Sherocks -Thanks for the ideas. The DMEs I've dealt with won't even do overnight demos.
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    Sue - so I'm being dense. What's CIL?
    We're going to be on Holland America. Like I said earlier, we can rent a lift on the ship, but that would leave us without a lift in the hotel pre- and post-cruise.


    Ah - got it - Center for Independent Living!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rfbdorf View Post
    Like I said earlier, we can rent a lift on the ship, but that would leave us without a lift in the hotel pre- and post-cruise.
    Hi, how was your cruise? Did you ever solve this problem about having a lift in the hotel pre- and post-cruise? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spitzbub View Post
    Hi, how was your cruise? Did you ever solve this problem about having a lift in the hotel pre- and post-cruise? Thanks.
    You do realize that this thread is 9 years old, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    You do realize that this thread is 9 years old, right?

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    Sure, only rbfdorf perfectly described a problem I'm trying to solve right now. I appreciated your detailed description in this thread, too. How did you negotiate this 'between time' when you might need a patient lift between the flight and the cruise? Or did you always go directly from the airport to the embarkation point? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfbdorf View Post
    We'll be on a week-long Alaska cruise in August. On our last cruise, we rented a lift; as I recall, that set us back on the order of $275. The lift was the same clunky Hoyer that we have at home.

    Did you rent this fom cruise line or local DME? Was there much room in cabin w/lift,powerchair, etc... I have thought about cruises just did not know how my wife and I could manage all the junk I need in rooms. I am C5 powerchair user.

    BTW-You will luv the ceiling lift best investment in equipment I've made.

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