What is the difference in Hoyer lifts and a sit to stand lift. I called Handi-Medical and they told me they do different things and are not interchangeable. I don't want to have to live with BOTH of these in my home! My main concern is getting mom out of bed to her wheelchair/toilet. And if she falls, I need something to pick her up and put her back into her chair. We are moving her from an independent building into my home so there won't be anyone to call on for help. Are they just trying to sell me both? I don't understand why one can't do both jobs??? Also, does Medicare help pay for this?

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Agree with CWillie, have an OT assess & recommend.

Sit to stand needs leg strength vs hoist lift takes full person weight.

You could think of any walking aides/lift devices in a progression: walking frame, sit to stand, hoist lift.

You are correct that the hoist can lift from the floor (sit to stand cannot). Of course avoiding falls will be the aim. OT can help here too.

Will this be temporary while she hopefully regains strength? Or a more permanent situation? *Amendment* I see the mobility is hemiplegic stroke related. It will be crucial you protect your own back here. I have strained myself many times pushing wheelchairs & assisting with my stroke survivor relatives before 'retiring' myself from manual handling tasks 🙁
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Reply to Beatty

Medicare paid for a Hoyer for my mother. It took months to get it approved. My mother has severe spinal stenosis and needs two assists to get out of bed and ambulate. Legs are quite weak but she can stand for short periods., In my opinion a Hoyer lift is best. She should have a consult with physical therapy, occupational therapy and an order from her doctor. I was not able to lift or help with transfers for weeks due to fractured ribs and I am sure glad we had a Hoyer, niece did the Hoyer maneuvering and I stood near for support. Good luck.
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Reply to earlybird

With my husband, Medicare wiil cover a Hoyer but not a sit to stand.
The hospital wanted my husband to have a Hoyer lift last year when he was released. He didn't need a Hoyer lift. I needed a sit to stand for him.
I ended up ordering it online and paying for it out of my pocket. I do not regret getting the sit to stand. The patient does have to have some upper body strength to pull themselves up on the sit to stand.
I didn't want the Hoyer lift because my husband can stand up with assistance. Plus, a Hoyer lift is huge. Anyway, hope this helps.
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Reply to SylviaT

Medicare paid for my mom's hoyer lift. It was a sling style. My mom could not stand up at all.
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Reply to mollymoose

Medicare is paying for my wife's Hoyer lift( Name brand Hoyer has become generic all brands of similar lifts) A Dr has to write an order for it and Medicare has to have a record of a hospital bed in the for the patient.

There are full slings, "U" slings, potty and bath slings to name the most used. There are also "turn" slings, although I think worthwhile if you cannot turn the person by yourself or if they are extremely heavy. My wife prefers the full sling instead of the U due to the way the U fits her body.

I use it by myself about 70% of the time. I am ^^ YO, with a bad back and very weak upper body strength.
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Reply to garylee

A Sit to Stand would require that the patient have some upper body strength and is able to support some weight on their legs.
A padded belt is placed around the patient and loops are fitted to the Sit to Stand. You place the feet of the person on a platform. You then press a button on an electric model or pump a handle on a manual one. The "arm" of the machine is lifted. This lifts the person to a standing position. You can then move them from one location to another, reversing the procedure sits them back down.
A Hoyer Lift a sling (there are various types of slings for different purposes.) is placed under the person. Loops are then placed on the lift and then the person is lifted up. Generally a Hoyer Lift is used for someone that has no upper or lower body strength. It is "recommended" that a Hoyer Lift be used with 2 people. One moving the lift the other guiding the person in the sling to make sure they do not bump into anything or the overhead arm does not bump them in the head.
Generally if you start with a Sit to Stand there will be a transition to the Hoyer Lift.
If the person is eligible for Hospice then it will be provided by Hospice.
If not on Hospice the doctor can write an order for it and it should be covered but I would check with Medicare before renting or purchasing it. (most likely it would be a rental)
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Reply to Grandma1954

You need an OT to evaluate your mom and your home, they will be able to determine her needs and should also be able to help you obtain any available funding to help with the cost (get someone who is not associated with the company trying to make a sale). You can often rent this kind of equipment. I'd suggest you also go to youtube and look for videos that show you exactly what each kind of lift can do.
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