As people get older, it may become more challenging to get around. While there is nothing at all wrong with trusting a caregiver for support, patients also appreciate their own independence. That is where patient lifts come into play.


But there are so many different options for patient lifts, how do you even know where to start? Here, we will provide a basic overview of the main types of patient lifts and their purposes.

Manual Lift

A manual lift is also often referred to as a “hydraulic lift.” These lifts use hydraulic power, often with hydraulic fluid or air pumps, to help you lift the individual that requires it.


This type of lift is best suited for patients who cannot physically get out of bed or a chair on their own and are often more affordable than power lifts. They also serve to prevent caregiver injury because the hydraulic power does most of the lifting.

Power Lift

Power lifts are also often labeled “electric lifts.” Power lifts use electricity to lift patients rather than hydraulic power. This results in minimal physical effort for caregivers and reduces the opportunity for injury for both caregivers and patients.


Power lifts are designed to ensure smooth and safe patient transfers and are best suited to those who cannot physically get up themselves.

Trapeze Lift

Trapeze lifts are made to help give a patient stability when changing positions or getting up. This type of lift relies on the strength of the patient and only provides a solid connection for them to push against.


This type of lift is designed for patients who have some ability to move themselves, but require some assistance. Trapeze lifts prevent caregiver injury since the patient is doing most of the lifting by pressing against the bar.

Stand-Up Lift

Stand-up lifts are designed to, as the name implies, move someone from a seated position to a standing position. These types of lifts are often also labeled “sit-to-stand lifts” and they are meant to provide an easy and safe means of performing a sit-to-stand transfer.


Stand-up lifts are designed for patients who have difficulty standing and to help prevent strain and injury to caregivers who would otherwise have to assist the patient stand by themselves.



We hope that this article has helped you figure out what type of patient lift is going to be the best fit for your needs! Be sure to browse our selection today for the perfect lift for your patient.



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