Patient in a hoist being assistedWhen moving, lifting or repositioning a patient, it’s a must that you have the right transfer equipment. This is critical for the safety of both the patient and the caregiver. With the proper use of these tools also comes an increased dignity and well-being among patients.

Besides an elderly scooter, there are other types of equipment that can be used to move patients.

Slide Sheets

These are used to move patients on a horizontal motion on chairs, trolleys and beds without having to lift them up. A majority of people prefer them since they’re affordable, relatively easy to use and versatile. They are made of extremely light materials that become slippery when joined together, hence necessitating training before using them. You can use these sheets for moving a patient in bed, turning him or her to the side, or transferring a patient from one bed to another.

Transfer Boards

Available in various divisions, transfer boards help in bridging gaps for patients who are lying down and need to transfer to another location of a similar level such as, from a stretcher to a bed. The most popular transfer boards being used today are full-body length transfer boards.


These are available in three categories namely standing, ceiling/overhead and floor hoists. All these hoists use slings to lift patients, and some can even lift patients into special stretchers. Note that these will require plenty of space, however. These tools also need regular maintenance to ensure that they move as efficiently as possible.

There are other various types of mobility aid and equipment other than the ones mentioned here. These work to ensure that a patient, especially if an elderly or disabled, can still move stably. Make sure that you get the equipment that perfectly suits the conditions of the user.

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