Full-Body Lifts Frequently Asked Questions


What is a portable full-body lift?


A portable full-body lift is used to transfer residents from a bed to a wheelchair, toilet chair, bathtub or commode. A full-body lift is used for non-weight bearing residents, residents who have physical limitations (i.e. quadriplegic or amputee), and/or bariatric residents. A full-body lift supports the entire weight of the resident with a sling that is attached to a swivel bar on the boom of the lift.


What are the benefits of using a full-body lift?


Manual lifting of a resident poses a real threat to caregivers and residents. Full body lifts minimize caregiver back and shoulder injuries. In addition, full body lifts are much safer for the resident than manual transfers where there is a greater risk of dropping or mishandling the resident. Invacare lifts are very stable and require very little force to push or pull even with a bariatric resident in the sling. Invacare slings are designed to reduce the risk of skin tear and abrasion.


Should a full-body lift be used for all residents?


No. A stand-up lift should be used for residents who can bear some of their own weight. Full body lifts should be used for residents who are non-weight bearing or residents who have physical limitations (i.e.: quadriplegia or amputee) and/or bariatric residents.


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What type of sling should be used with a full-body lift?


Invacare full body slings and divided leg slings are the two sling styles that may be used with full body lifts.

The full body sling is the easiest sling to use while transferring the resident from the bed to a wheelchair, toilet, or shower-chair, or from the floor to a bed. This sling style offers total head and neck support and the padded lower section provides additional under-thigh comfort and support. Use the full body sling for residents who are totally dependent, partially dependent, non-weight bearing, bariatric, or with those who have limited head control. Choose from solid polyester fabric or bathing mesh, with or without commode opening. Mesh slings may be used for bathing or when the sling will be left under the resident.

The divided leg sling is a secure, easy-to-fit general-purpose sling designed for the majority of users. Use the divided leg sling for residents who are totally dependent, partially dependent, non-weight bearing, bariatric, or with those who have limited head control. This sling is used for transferring the resident from the bed to a wheelchair, recliner, or shower-chair, or transferring from the floor to a bed. The large opening also accommodates toileting. This versatile sling provides full head and neck support and can easily be removed or applied to a resident in a seated or supine position. The solid fabric has extra padding for residents with delicate skin.

Solid polyester slings should not be left under the resident for extended periods as the padding retains body heat. For residents that are seated on a "pressure-reduction" cushion, note that the effectiveness of the cushion is diminished when solid padded slings are left under the resident.