Overhead lifts are an excellent tool for assisting temporary or permanently disabled individuals and their caregivers throughout their day. These lifts allow a single caregiver to assist in moving a patient or family member alone without the need of a team to lift them. It is very important to keep these lifts in top working order so a routine of checks and maintenance will extend their life for years.
When it comes to general maintenance there are checks that should be taken each time the system is used. Most lift systems will have a lift maintenance counter that will help to remind you of the importance of regular checks to ensure the safety of all involved.
Additionally there are monthly and yearly checks that should be done as well to ensure the system is in proper working order for the long term.
Before Each Use
Conduct a visual inspection of the ceiling lift and track to be sure it is suitable for use. If any part of your visual inspection fails, do not use the lift. Check the following:
- Ensure the lift tape has no fraying
- Inspect the lift tape stitching, for no signs of fraying
- Inspect the sling for any signs of fraying, tearing or wear
- Ensure the air tubes are properly connected nor kinked or damaged
- Inspect the hand controller, testing all buttons
- Visually inspect the tracks
- Check for cuts, dents, or sharp edges on the carry bar
- Confirm that the end caps are in place
There are several things that you should inspect every month as well. Make a thorough inspection of each of the suggested daily steps.
- Remove the sling from the lift.
- Inspect that the lift moves freely and smoothly around the entire track
Yearly checks should be done by qualified technicians. In the case of heavier clients, it is suggested that you conduct yearly checks semi-annually.
- All steps of Daily Use and Monthly checks should be observed
- A Ceiling Lift test should be passed and any repairs should be addressed and completed
Should problems arise or if you ever discover issues in your lift systems in any of the daily, monthly or yearly checks, you should immediately cease use and operation and contact your authorized dealer for service.
If you have any issues or concerns with your overhead lift please contact us, and we will be more than happy to assist you.
01 Sep 2014
Hello, my name is Paul Harlin with Lift and Accessibility Solutions, here at a client’s home in Santa Rosa, California, to talk about maintenance and cleaning of your stair lift.
Now, like everything in our home, dust will fall on a stair lift, and particularly, on the stair rails where we notice it, just like it does on any of the knick-knacks on your favorite bookcase. The difference being is that dust when the chair rides over it, actually compresses and creates little bumps in the rail and sometimes black streaks that we don’t like to look out or the feel of when we’re riding the chair lift.
To maintain that chair lift, we want to dust it whenever we’re dusting the rest of the home, and we want to clean the rail using just a basic cleaning product that you probably already use in your kitchen like a 409 or a Simply Green. I like to spray the product onto the rag and not on the rail directly. That way I’m not getting it on the wall and leaving discoloration that way, but by… On the rag and simply rubbing the rail down, just like I would any other counter, I get the dust and I get any marks that are built up onto that rail, getting it back to the natural aluminum color, and just a look that that we’re much more comfortable with, a much smoother ride. I hope this is helpful information.
Please feel free to contact me below if you have any questions. Thank you.