So like the picture above asks, can you spot the patient (hoyer) lift? Not immediately noticeable is it? Well it’s neatly hidden behind the cabinetry. Most patient lifts are either wheeled units or ceiling mounted and extremely functional in looks. Pictured below are examples of typical patient lifts. However an alternative is now available for those who would rather have their patient lift not be so noticeable. Reader, Kye, introduced me to this great patient lift alternative by Norwegian company Integralift. A motorized patient lift that is discretely hidden behind cabinetry.
Real quick for those who are unfamiliar with patient lifts. If a person is unable to transfer on their own, a patient lift allows a caretaker to transfer a person without much strain. A fabric piece called the sling acts like a hammock, the caretaker then lifts the person and transfers them. With that explained, let’s look at how the Intregralift works. The graphic below gives a good step by step description.
As you can see, most of the mechanics are located in the upper cabinet with storage in the side cabinets. First the sling is placed under the person. Next the entire upper cabinet swings out and connects to the sling. The person is transferred and then everything is put back into place. To see the Integralift in action, view the video at the bottom of the article.
The cabinetry styles now appear to be simple and contemporary. Integralift states they can customize the color and material to match the look of a room. The design possibilities of this setup can be pretty vast. A different style that’s more ornate could easily act as the shell. Unfortunately Integralift currently only has dealers in a few European countries, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Arab Emirates. Though I’m sure you could work something out if you contact them. To find out more about Integralift visit their website here www.Integralift.net.