Lift devices offer increased independence in the home for those with physical disabilities. They are designed to literally LIFT a person from one place or location to the next. That location could be from a wheelchair into a car, onto a bed, into a tub or even lift your whole chair from ground level to other parts of your home. Often designed with the caregiver in mind, lifts come in all shapes and sizes.

Here is a brief guide to the various types of lifts available on the market: 

Stair Lifts

Stair lifts are powered chairs that travel up and down a staircase. These lifts are extremely convenient for people with reduced mobility in their knees and hips who wish to remain in their home for the long term. 

Unlike home elevators, stair lifts are not designed for use with wheelchairs. One of the most popular brand we sell and service are the Bruno Stairglides.

Patient Lifts, Floor Lifts, Pool Lifts and Ceiling Track Lifts

Patient Lifts, Floor Lifts, Pool Lifts and Ceiling Track Lifts use slings that are connected to a track mounted to the ceiling or a freestanding machine. Most often these types of lifts are built for use by a caregiver, with some models giving you the option to be operated by the end user.

These lifts are most commonly used to lift a patient from the bed to a chair and vice versa; Some of the best patient lift brands that we carry: Sunrise and Span America.

Wheelchair Lifts and Porch Lifts

Wheelchair Lifts and Porch Lifts are designed to enable those in wheelchairs to move between multiple levels in their homes. 

In essence, Wheelchair lifts and Porch lifts are like small elevators designed to provide access to people in wheelchairs when ramps are not an option. Here are some of the brands that we sell and service: Bruno; Serenity

Lift Chairs

Lift Chairs chairs are helpful for those in need of assistance when standing up from or lowering to a seated position. Usually electric, the seat of the lift chair rises and tilts forward.

At Conval-Aid we sell a lot of Lifting Chairs. However, we only sell chairs we know will stand the test of time and continuous use. Here is our most popular brand that we sell and service: Pride Mobility;

As you can see there are many different types of “Lifts” in the home medical equipment category and it can get confusing when discussing lifts in general. Hopefully you will now have a much better idea of the types of lifts available on the market.

As always, there are numerous variables to consider when looking at lifts: size, height, weight, power source and cost. Conval-Aid’s friendly, experienced team can help you choose the right equipment that best suits your needs and circumstances. Our manufacturer-trained service technicians supply warranty service for every item we offer, to guarantee peace-of-mind. Visit our showroom or give us a call at 613-738-2721 for more information.