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About Patient & Ceiling Mounted Lifts

About Ceiling Mounted Lifts (CML’s): With a Ceiling Mounted Lift or Overhead Lift System, you can lift and transfer patients with minimal effort and maximum safety. An overhead lift is always there when you need it and it’s safe and easy to use, both for the patient and the caregiver.

In its simplest form a ceiling mounted lift system consists of a lift that rides on a track attached to the ceiling. The caregiver places the patient in a sling (this can be done without any lifting) attaches the sling to the lift which then raises the patient into the air.  Once the patient has been lifted they can easily move anywhere along the track. Ceiling mounted lifts are often used to transfer patients between bed and wheelchair and into the bathroom to use the toilet or tub.

Overhead Lift Systems cover a comprehensive range of needs and consist of many different components to meet a broad range of installation requirements. Our staff will help to design the right solution for your needs. Contact us for an in-home assessment with one of our Accessibility Specialists.

Portable or Permanent Lift Options: The lift portion of a Ceiling Mounted Lift system can either be permanently mounted on the ceiling track or be portable and moved between sections of track. Both types of lifts can ordered to support up to 600 lbs. of weight.

Portable Lifts, are most often used when patients have separate pieces of track in different rooms/places. The portable lift can be easily moved between the tracks and used wherever the patient needs to be. A portable lift is often the choice when it is difficult or too expensive to install continuous track.

Permanent Lifts: Are used on a continuous track system that travels within or between rooms. The lift is battery operated and charged while it is on the track – either at a charging station or continuously along the length of the track. Shown in this picture with a user over her bed.

In addition to lifting patients, Permanent Lifts can also use power to travel along the track with the patient. Powered travel allows the caregiver to use the lift’s remote to control the patient both when lifting and moving along the track. Some users prefer to move patients along the track manually. Permanent Lifts require track to be continuous to allow access to the entire system.


Rail Systems: The lift unit is only part of a well-functioning overhead lift system. A complete and flexible rail system is just as important. We offer a variety of options for a range of functions, installation types and settings.

Straight Rails: Sometimes a simple straight section of track inside a single room provides the lifting and transfer capabilities required. This project, for example is where the track starts just inside the bathroom door and travels to the shower area.
Complex Rails: Often, a more complex rail system is required to meet the patients’ needs. Straights and Curves can be combined with switches and turntables to provide access wherever it is needed. As you can see, continuous tracking sometimes require carpentry – the channel over the doorway allows the door to open/close without interfering with the track.
Portable Track: Manufacturers even have portable track systems that can be installed quickly without disturbing the surrounding walls or ceiling. These systems may be helpful when there is a short-term need for assistance.

Slings: Sling styles vary based on the needs and abilities of the user. In general, slings are more encompassing when a user needs more support and are less able to assist the caregiver. A two piece sling, like the one shown in the picture is easier for a caregiver to put on but doesn’t provide as much support as a larger sling shown in some of the other pictures.

Some slings are made to allow for toileting and others are made from mesh to dry quickly after being used in the shower. There are a number of specialized sling designs to choose from.