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    need recomendation on power patient lift

    i have a budge of 1 to 2k. in this price range these lifts all seem a like. i'm 5"7 165lbs. and i'm going to get new slings. https://www.google.com/search?q=Two+...TscVi4M7UgXKM:

    please any help is welcome. here are the models i'm looking at.

    http://www.spinlife.com/critpath/mat...categoryID=110

    http://www.home-med-equip.com/catalo...ft-lf1050.html

    i'm mostly confused about which cradle i should use with the 2 piece sliing.

    thank peeps, 37 years tomorrow
    ugh!
    Wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.
    Bob Seger

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    I think you are talking about 2 point vs. 4 point spreader bars, correct? There are actually more slings available for the 2 point than the four point type. For both, you can purchase a hygiene type sling that is easy to apply in bed and wheelchair, and makes it also easy to remove once seated in your wheelchair (it is not recommended to sit on the sling). I don't recommend the 2 piece slings. Here is an example of a 2 point spreader bar, hygiene type sling: http://www.spinlife.com/Prism-Medica...aign=610148043


    One thing to check is to see what type of clearance you need under your bed for the lift you are looking at. The lower the amount of clearance, the easier it is to use for beds or couches. Also, legs that spread far enough apart to fit around your wheelchair and shower/commode chair are critical. Ideally, you should try a lift out with a vendor before purchasing.

    (KLD)

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    " I don't recommend the 2 piece slings. "
    Why? I've been using custom made Hoyer green canvas slings for 23 years now. It is very easy getting in and out the chair.
    Right now I'm stuck in a nursing home for rehab.As you know by state laws they can only use a full body sling. That's fine here but
    when I get home there sure won't be two PCA's helping me. My petite wife did this for 20 years with no problem.
    Wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.
    Bob Seger

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    The two piece slings, such as those used with the old Hoyers with chains are more difficult to properly position than a one piece hygiene sling, and risk more sliding out if not placed perfectly. I don't know anything about the regulations in CT, but would question the reality of having to use a full body sling in a nursing home. It is NOT a part of the nursing home OSHA regulations, which do mandate the use of lifts vs. manual handling for transfers.

    (KLD)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    I think you are talking about 2 point vs. 4 point spreader bars, correct? There are actually more slings available for the 2 point than the four point type. For both, you can purchase a hygiene type sling that is easy to apply in bed and wheelchair, and makes it also easy to remove once seated in your wheelchair (it is not recommended to sit on the sling). I don't recommend the 2 piece slings. Here is an example of a 2 point spreader bar, hygiene type sling: http://www.spinlife.com/Prism-Medica...aign=610148043


    One thing to check is to see what type of clearance you need under your bed for the lift you are looking at. The lower the amount of clearance, the easier it is to use for beds or couches. Also, legs that spread far enough apart to fit around your wheelchair and shower/commode chair are critical. Ideally, you should try a lift out with a vendor before purchasing.

    (KLD)
    I use a hygiene sling with my Surehands ceiling lift and my Hoyer Advance portable lift. Real easy to use getting in and out of bed and it doesn't have to stay under me in my wheelchair.

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    Just FYI these slings will keep my arms free. http://www.barrierfreelifts.com/en_s...ift-slings.php

    I would never use the Hoyer 2 piece death trap.
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    Hygiene type slings with a lower back also keep your arms free, and are less likely to let you slide out. Of course if you don't want to make a change from the sling you have been using for 23 years (during which time MANY improvements have been made in both lifts and slings) then you can certainly continue to use it.

    (KLD)

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