Family Caregivers find many rewards in caring for a loved one with limited mobility. However, they face many challenges along the way. Mental stress and physical strain are two of the biggest challenges facing caregivers. These health problems may include depression or anxiety as well as the long-term effects of physical injury. These can affect the quality of life for the caregiver as well as for the patient, as it often results in a lack of proper care.
Family Caregivers have many resources to help them deal with the mental stress of caregiving. Local support groups can offer personal support in your area. Home health Aides can be hired part-time to provide respite for the caregiver. There are also a plethora of online resources, from Medicare.gov to aarp.org, to very specific resources like TheCaregiverSpace.org and Caregiving.org. All of these resources can provide support and best practices to maintain a healthy mental balance while caregiving.
Family Caregivers also need the correct home medical equipment to properly care for their loved ones in the home. The home often presents problems that may not become apparent while the patients are in the hospital or a rehabilitation facility. They have mandated staffing levels and shifts, spacious rooms with smooth floors located on a single level, quick and easy access to medical personnel and round the clock monitoring of the patient.
Receiving health care in the home from a family member presents a much different scenario. The family caregiver may not have another family member available to help and provide respite. The home may have multiple stories, carpeting and excess furniture and tight doorways that prohibit the freedom of movement of the patient. They may have difficulty accessing the toilet, shower or bathtub. They may not be able to get up from a chair on their own. The patient may need help getting into a vehicle or their bed.
Traxx Mobility Systems has designed a safe and simple patient lift for family caregivers and their patients who receive health care in their home. The Titan 500 is a freestanding overhead lift. It allows a single caregiver to safely transfer a loved one from bed to wheelchair and back again with high efficiency and without fear of injury.
The simple freestanding frame of the Titan 500 does not attach to the structure of the home. It spans the bed and leaves room for a wheelchair or other device. The rechargeable electric motor is rated to lift up to 500 lbs and is simple to operate and maintain. The overhead beam allows the caregiver to easily glide their patients from bed to wheelchair. The caregiver can avoid serious physical injury that can be associated with the floor-based lifts that are often found in nursing homes or hospitals.
Family Caregivers can count on the Titan 500 to provide a respite from the physical strain of transferring a patient in and out of bed and can even lift a patient from the floor if necessary. The Titan 500 is a safe alternative to using cumbersome floor-based lifts in the home. Contact us today to find out more about the Titan 500 Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift.