Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift Provides Respite for Family Caregivers

Traxx Mobility Systems, located in Livonia, Michigan, manufactures and sells the Titan 500, a freestanding overhead patient lift for home health care. It allows a single caregiver to safely transfer a patient without the stress and strain associated with the typical floor-based patient lift.

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Traxx Mobility Systems Titan 500 Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift

An overhead lift like the Titan 500 can provide a more comfortable, safe and efficient transfer in the home. The freestanding aspect of the lift means that it does not incur a costly installation cost. As a matter of fact, two adults can put the lift together in about 30 minutes. Three-piece support arms can hold three lengths of overhead beam. An 8 foot, 10 foot and 12 foot overhead beam are available to accommodate any size bed or bedroom. Pictured above is our 12 foot version with a King bed.

Family Caregivers and home health aides can safely transfer patients in the home quickly and safely with the Titan 500. It allows a single caregiver to transfer a patient from bed to wheelchair or other device. The rechargeable electric motor does all the lifting. The caregiver gently glides the patient across the beam to set them down in their chair. The Titan 500 will also lift a patient directly from the floor, if necessary.

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Titan 500 with Caregiver and Patient.

The Titan 500 is rated to lift up to 500 pounds and includes a free universal sling, with four sizes to choose from .  The Titan 500 is portable and can be completely taken apart and moved to another location or add casters to the frame and it can move through the home.

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Introducing the retirement commune

boomers animeFew of America’s 78 million 49- to 67-year-olds have any intention of aging the way their parents have, wedded to their independence at all costs, even if it ultimately means social isolation. Plenty of older people are moving in with their boomer children, but many others don’t want to be a burden — for them, the plan is to stay home until they can’t anymore.

But not the baby boomers, who can envision all sorts of alternate living arrangements. “To [the older generation], living alone is the only measure of success, but the boomers’ comfort with interdependence means there are many options,” says Dr. Bill Thomas, an influential geriatrician and author based in New York. “Aging in community, rather than all alone, is going to make the boomers’ experience of old age different than anything that ever came before.”


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Introducing the retirement commune

from The Boston Globe Magazine

Geriatric ERs Reduce Stress and Risks for Older Patients

ERPacked emergency rooms are unpleasant for everyone. But they can be dangerous for elderly patients, many of whom come in with multiple chronic diseases on top of a potentially life-threatening illness or injury. Geriatric emergency rooms, which are slowly spreading across the country, provide seniors with more expertise from physicians, nurses and others trained specifically to diagnose and care for the elderly.

Geriatric ERs Reduce Stress & Risks for Elderly Patients