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    • #15394
      Ryan Berhar
      Keymaster

      I used a Hoyer lift at school, but my family/caregivers have always lifted me. Recently, however, my grandma has been having a touger time lifting me. This means I’ll have to make a transition to a lift. I didn’t care for the lift at school for two reasons.

      1. It wasn’t supportive enough for my neck and back, therefore making it a two-person job. Someone operating the lift, and someone supporting my back.

      2. It was far more time consuming than lifting me.

      Obviously many in the SMA community use lifts, but I’m wondering how/if you avoid the issues I mentioned above? Do you have a certain kind of sling? Have you found a certain type of lift to work well? We’re looking at a ceiling lift.

    • #15395
      DeAnn R
      Keymaster

      I’m looking into a ceiling lift as well.  You can get slings with head support. Unfortunately the one I like has been discontinued so I’ll be looking into new styles as well.  It does take some getting used to, but sure allows more people to be able to help without injuring themselves.

    • #15401
      Kevin Schaefer
      Keymaster

      Yeah I love my ceiling lift. I too had the same reservations about hoyer lifts, but the ceiling one is much easier to use and it’s much more spacious than the traditional models. I’ll look later to see exactly what sling model I use.

    • #15417
      Ryan Berhar
      Keymaster

      If either of you could send me pictures of slings that work for you, that’d be fantastic!

      • #15458
        DeAnn R
        Keymaster

        I don’t exactly have a picture, but the kind I prefer isn’t the u-shaped slings that crosses on your legs.  To me those are uncomfortable and pinchy, but unfortunately not many other options.

      • #15461
        Kevin Schaefer
        Keymaster

        Ryan I have a pic somewhere from one of my PT appointments of me transferring. I’ll message you.

    • #15473
      Ryan Berhar
      Keymaster

      Thanks

    • #15489
      Adnan Hafizovic
      Participant

      I used arjo lift-Maxi Twin Compact,here is link on youtube :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slaiPEjr11Q.

      I m satisfied with him ,and i haven t original slings.That my sling have support for head,one taylor made for me,

    • #15708
      Halsey Blocher
      Participant

      I have a head support on my sling. I can send you a picture later. Which loop on the straps you use also makes a big difference in support and comfort. My PT helped figure out which ones would be best for me. As for the time it takes… There’s really no good way to cut down on that. It gets faster with practice, but it will always take more time than lifting.

      • #15709
        Kevin Schaefer
        Keymaster

        That’s a good idea regarding head support. And also about working with your PT to get fitted for a sling and the right kind of lift. And yeah, I agree that the time-consuming aspect is a necessary sacrifice. You get used to it, and it does get faster.

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