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I was wondering if anyone had any caring experience when using mobile patient hoists before, which are similar to this compact design - gainsboroughbaths/product/patient-hoists/glide-m180-mobile-hoist


I was wondering because I am currently looking after my elderly mother and its a struggle bathing her. So, I was wondering if this design would be practical in the home.


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I am not familiar with this type of lift. I have used a Hoyer Lift to move SIL from bed to chair. I agree with people above who suggest a shower. Can she lift herself at all? Is it time for sponge baths in bed?
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If she can take a shower, I would recommend a shower chair that rolls right into the shower as long as there is a straight slide in with no lip. Our shower was converted so that there is no ledge but a flexible entry. You can google "rolling shower chairs".
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Mandy, what kind of bath aids have you tried so far? Sadly, unless you have a walk in tub the days of baths are probably a thing of the past, but you can still keep her clean with a shower, if your mom can stand and turn from her wheelchair you could get her on to a transfer bench, some of them even have seats that slide and pivot. Be sure to get a hand held with an extra long hose and install sturdy grab bars.
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This thing is made to go through a 48" (122cm) doorway, as in a hospital room. Two aides are deployed to put the patient in the sling.
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Mandy: Listen to pamstegma...good advice Pam!
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I may need one myself. I've been working with a company to help get me a mobility scooter as they work with Medicare and insurance. Try aeroflowinc.
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This device will not get you anywhere near a bathtub.
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MandyDavies: Also search "bed hoists for the elderly."
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MandyDavies: No, I've no experience with this aide. However, if you have a strong, young person, they can get the job done, e.g. my daughter's late FIL ran about 425#, maybe larger, but he had a brute (no disrespect intended) of a niece who was able to lift him into his hospital bed. Also, see if the elder has some strength, so essentially it's not all dead weight and no, I am not implying that the person deceased.
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I was exploring track lifts for my mom, the drawback to the mobile lifts is they really aren't mobile unless you have super wide door and hallways and no carpeting, and most bathrooms are too small to accommodate one, mine certainly is.
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I don't have any experience using them, but the Assisted Living facility my mother is currently residing in uses one similar to this with her. It does seem to work pretty well, when I've seen them using it. It was ordered by Hospice and I think the one she has is made by InvCare or something like that, I'm not sure of the name.

I am interested in the responses you get as I would like to move my mother home if I can figure out how to do it. I will have to buy or rent a home in the area as I live far away. I will also have to have help come in, but I know I can make it work if I can get past those obstacles.

Is your mother currently receiving hospice care? If not, and you think she may be at that point and could benefit her, it may be worth visiting with a local hospice organization. They will provide any medical equipment she needs and also help you assess what her needs are. Once everything is in place a CNA will visit once per day and a RN will visit 2 times per week. Each visit is like 45 minutes or less, so not too terribly invasive.

One thing to consider is if the hoist will fit through your doorways. When my husband and I were looking at one home we hoped to be able to buy we measured the doorways and then went over to my Mom's facility and measured the lift. As I recall the lift was about 2 feet at the widest point, but it may have been a bit wider.

Good luck! You are doing a wonderful thing caring for your Mom. I know it's not easy.
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