The Ceiling Lift - Stratus Portable

The ceiling lift is a newer type of patient lifter; it has been available for approximately 5 years in North America and in that time has experienced steady growth.

The ceiling lift employs an electric motor that raises and lowers the patient. The motor is attached to a wheeled trolley that travels along a track that is mounted overhead - normally directly into the ceiling. The main advantage of the ceiling lift is the ease of moving the patient in the horizontal direction. Even a 200 to 300 lb patient can be moved by a frail/elderly care giver since the trolley moves along the track very easily. Ceiling lifts are also popular due to the fact that they require zero floor space so they perform very well in space restricted areas such as small bedrooms and bathrooms. The main disadvantage of the ceiling lift is the associated installation costs of the overhead tracking. The ceiling lift track is normally attached directly to the joists or rafters that form part of the ceiling.

A track must be purchased and installed in each room that requires patient transfer capabilities. Room to room transfers with a ceiling lift can be cumbersome. As an example, lets suppose a patient needs to be transferred from his/her bed to a toilet that is located in another room. In this case, the patient would need to be transferred from the bed to a wheelchair in the bedroom of the home. Next, the lift motor and patient would need to be moved into the bathroom where the lift would be re-attached to the track in the bathroom. The patient would be lifted with the lift from the wheelchair to the toilet. To return the patient to the bed the entire process would need to be performed again. With the mobile lift described in the first section, this entire process could be accomplished in two transfers instead of 4. Options do exist that allow these difficulties to be overcome; one method is to remove the doorway headers and run the track directly from the bed to the toilet. Although significantly more expensive, continuous direct tracking from room to room is the ideal solution.

Because of the overhead nature of the ceiling lift, transfers to and from toilet and tub can work very well. When shopping for a ceiling lift, try to locate a unit that employs a 4-point sling attach system instead of a 2-point system. A 4-point system means that the 2 shoulder loop sling-attach points and the 2 leg-attach points on the lift itself are distinct and separate. For optimum safety and comfort these 4 points should be separated by at least 7 inches from side-to-side and 14 inches from front to back. The 4-point system more evenly distributes the patients weight and eliminates the pinch points that are created with a 2-point system. In addition, ceiling lifts that have only a 2-point connection end up much too close to the patient's face when the patient is lifted. Patient injuries can occur and there is no ability for the patient and caregiver to maintain eye-to-eye contact.

Some ceiling lifts are available that allow for the horizontal or side to side movement along the track to be automated. These lifts are called fixed or permanent ceiling lifts with power traverse and in some cases can allow for the patient to perform self transfers.

Here is a recap of the advantages and disadvantages of a ceiling lift.

Main Advantages Main Disadvantages
Easy patient lifting, lowering and horizontal transport

Requires zero floor space - good for small bedrooms/bathrooms

Requires no storage space

Can perform transfers to and from a standard tub providing track can be installed above

Can allow for self-transfer (permanent model only)

Can lift directly from floor (provided track is installed directly above)

Can be operated easily by a frail/elderly care giver

Room to room direct track installation will provide the optimal patient handling configuration
Higher purchase price than all other styles of lifts

Installation costs must be factored into the overall investment

May require home modifications

Cannot perform lifts in areas where there in no track installed - i.e. a patient may fall to the floor where there is no track coverage

Lift track always visible, unlike mobile lift that can be stored elsewhere

Room to room direct track installations can be costly

Our Ceiling Lift the Stratus Portable

The Stratus Portable Electric Ceiling Lift is an institutional quality ceiling lift priced even lower than many of the "homecare-quality" lifts on the market today. The Stratus Portable features an industry leading 400 lb lifting capacity and an all metal drive train for superior reliability and safety. Compare the Stratus Portable to many other lifts that are built with plastic gears. This lift features a true 4-point sling attach system for superior comfort and safety - not the usual 2-point system found on most ceiling lifts. Additional features include a built-in carry handle, integrated raise/lower controls on the lift and a remote hand controller. The electric raise/lower function is powered by a 24 V DC re-chargeable battery pack. The Stratus also features a true manual emergency lowering system that allows the lift to be lowered in the event of a malfunction - compare that to most other portable ceiling lifts that employ a simple circuit board by-pass system which will not help if the batteries are dead or the motor itself malfunctions. The included hand controller is hard wired and electronic as opposed to the problematic pneumatic hand controls found on other units. Numerous installation configurations are available in terms of overhead tracking including direct-to-ceiling installations and free-standing fast track systems.

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