A wheelchair lift is generally a lift that will lift the user's wheelchair or scooter and, depending on the lift type, the user together. A patient lift is usually intended to lift the user only without their equipment.
- Residential Elevators - can be used by wheelchair users, walker users, cane users or anyone who finds stairs difficult or unsafe.
- Incline Platform Lifts (IPLs) - are used for carrying people up and down stairways while seated in their wheelchairs.
- Porch Lifts - are used to lift people in their wheelchairs vertically between two different levels. They are most often used to access porches or decks but can also be used to access different levels of a building indoors (as long as they don't travel through a floor).
- Scooter Lifts - were originally designed to be used to lift mobility scooters into and out of vehicles without the user being on them but now several models are also used to lift and load empty wheelchairs.
- Van Lifts - are used for lifting users into and out of vans while seated in their wheelchairs or on their mobility scooters.
Equipment Informational Fact Sheets
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Because of the great variations in the conditions of the patients and the abilities of the caregivers, a lift that works perfectly for one person may be inappropriate for another in spite of a common or similar disability. The information on our site will provide you with information to help you compare products but it's advisable to have the dealer you are purchasing this equipment from help guide you with more specific Information. It may be necessary to actually try a patient lift before knowing if it will be suitable or not.
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