Manual Patient Lifts – These lifts are manual and completely operated by the caregiver. They have hydraulic assists, lessening the weight that the caregiver has to move. These lifts are appropriate when cost is a significant factor, the situation doesn’t allow easy access to a power source, or if the patient lift is used for transferring the patient from one room to another.
Power Patient Lifts – These patient lifts are powered either through a standard electrical outlet or by a re-chargeable battery. The lifting is completely controlled through a hand control, eliminating any physical exertion by the caregiver. Power patient lifts also allow the patient to operate some functions independantly, as well. All of these models have manual back-up in case of power failure.