We are happy with Dad’s lift. It is working really well. I spoke to my step-mother this morning, and she said they are getting him up for all three meals. My brother and I installed it last Saturday in about an hour. The instructions were clear. The frame is heavy duty and takes two people-one to hold it in position while the other person does the bolts.
Because of the severity of Dad’s Alzheimer’s, he sometimes gets afraid, and we were concerned that a lift would scare him. We had decided against an electric Hoyer type because of this, and because of concern that it wouldn’t lift him high enough. But we did not like the thought of him not being able to get up at all-and he wanted to, and did not want him to atrophy in bed. He had been in bed for three weeks without anyone being able to get him into his wheelchair, and he had fallen several times when they tried to get him up requiring calls to EMT.
The lift is smooth, quiet, and very stable. The sling material slides so it can be pulled into position fairly easy. We tried it on ourselves first to make sure we had everything right and that it would actually hold us with no problem. It was EASY.
So now the caretaker is able to get him up and into his wheelchair by herself with no problem. We have four different people who alternate taking care of him, and they all like it. So we are all very happy.
Thanks very much,