SureHands Mobile Lift vs. a Ceiling Track System

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SureHands offers two solutions that appear to be closely related to each other, but which one is best for you? There are several factors to consider when selecting between a SureHands mobile lift–such as the Victor mobile lift system–or a SureHands ceiling lift system, such as the Track-to-Track Motor system. Both essentially do the same thing, but which one is best for your specific situation? Here are some factors to take into consideration when making a decision:

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One Patient or Multiple Patients

If you need a lift system for one patient, a ceiling lift system with a Track-to-Track motor with tracks strategically installed in the areas of the home where the patient wants to be: in the bathroom, bedroom, living area, etc. is the simplest and best solution 99% of the time.

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In a situation where you have multiple patients that need to be in multiple locations, such as in a school, nursing care facility, or group home, a SureHands Mobile Lift makes more sense. These facilities can easily handle a mobile lift because they have wide halls, wide doors, large open spaces, and flat profiles necessary to allow the mobile lift to move freely throughout the facility.

Available Space

Most homes are not constructed with the needs of disabled individuals in mind. Narrow doors and hallways, as well as stairs, different types of flooring and the architecture of these residences make using a mobile lift almost impossible. In rare instances, such as in a modern home specifically constructed with the disabled in mind, a mobile lift might be a viable option, but keep in mind that the mobile lift limits access to the patient, and takes up a lot of floorspace.

A Track-to-Track ceiling lift allows a care provider to help the patient without the lift itself getting in the way, and would probably still be a better choice for any disabled individual’s home. This is one of the reasons why it is very important to work with an experienced lift system installation company to get a comprehensive in-home assessment of what option would work best for you.

Layout of the Building

Again, as stated before, unless your home was specifically designed with the disabled, or seniors aging in place in mind, the mobile lift will not be a viable option. In this situation, only a patient who demands to have complete access to everywhere in the home should consider a mobile lift, but for most patients, this just isn’t necessary or realistic. For example, does your patient really want to be able to access the utility room or enter the kitchen–especially if he or she no longer prepares meals there? In most cases the answer is “no.”

If your home is a typical home with narrower doors and halls or has stairs, a Track-to-Track ceiling lift system is the only option that will work. Because track can be installed anywhere it is needed within the home, it will allow the patient to have access to the areas he or she needs, and allow additional track to be installed later if the patient needs to access additional areas within the home.

In addition, a ceiling lift system is more discrete and can blend easier with the interior of the home or building.

Need a SureHands Mobile Lift or Ceiling Track System?

These are just a few of the factors to consider when selecting a patient lift system. The best way to determine which patient lift system is best for you is to get a comprehensive in-home assessment. When you buy a patient lift system from us, we take care of all of your needs. From repairs to the installation of new equipment, Lift and Care Systems is there to help. We have over 25 years of experience of installing patient lift systems to Boston, Springfield, New Bedford, and Lawrence, MA; Providence, RI; Hartford, CT and surrounding areas. We carry brand names such as SureHands Body Support Systems, Bruno Stair Lifts, EZ Access Ramps and many others. So, if you need durable medical equipment, complete our online contact form or give us a call at 508-802-4439 for a free consultation today.

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