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passive elevators

for consumers and professionals

A passive hoist offers a solution for patients who cannot get up independently from a sitting or lying position. As the term “passive” suggests, the patient does not have to do anything. Because the elevator is wheeled, the caregiver can easily move the patient. For example, to and from the bed, wheelchair or toilet.

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United Care

The top segment in our range of transfer aids. The Wendy is the professional rotating passive hoist. If you want a translating hoist, the Quinty is the most suitable. For home care, the Tilly is available. All of these are top-notch elevators that will provide you with years of trouble-free service. Available with 2-point yoke (Tilly only), 4-point balance yoke and electric tilt yoke.

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Molift

Molift has an interesting program of passive elevators for home and professional environments. It is possible to find an elevator up to a capacity of 300kg! And that with a weight of less than 40kg. In our range of patient elevators we have the Molift Smart 150, the Molift Mover 180 and the Molift Mover 300. An electric tilt yoke is not possible on these elevators.

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SLK

SLK is een Duitse firma die een stormachtige ontwikkeling doormaakt.  SLK ontwerpt en produceert een prima serie  passieve tilliften met de toepasselijke naam Carry en Multy Hybrid (om te bouwen van passief naar actief). De liften van SLK kunnen zonder gereedschap ingeklapt en gesplitst worden en hebben een geweldige prijs-kwaliteit verhouding.

The passive hoist, a reliable powerhouse!

If you are looking for a suitable passive hoist for institution or home, you have far too many options to choose from. This makes your search very difficult. Conec Care has already made a selection for you and offers you the best options.

In the high-end segment, we supply the products of United Care. A high initial investment, but guaranteed to be a problem-free product for many years. A useful life of 15 years or more is no exception. If you prefer a slightly lower initial investment, Molift’s products are a great alternative.

If your budget is limited, then AKS and SLK patient elevators offer an excellent budget solution.

Conec Care is happy to think with you and together we will see what your best option is. It’s just a little different for everyone. And of course we can take care of all your maintenance and inspection needs.

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Passive hoist rental

Sometimes you may need a hoist only for a certain period of time. Then it’s good to know that you can rent a reliable hoist at Conec Care. We have several passive and active hoists in our rental range. For home use but also for on-site use. Take a look at our different rental models, feel free to ask for additional information or book your rental period right away.

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Travel Lifts

Looking for an elevator that you can easily take to another location? Then take a look at our travel elevators. Safe collapsible elevators that you can easily transport in the car or even on the plane. Both for sale and for rent.

Elevator with electric tilt yoke?

In the Netherlands, there is a high demand for elevators with an electric tilt yoke. Conec Care prefers United Care’s electric tilt yoke.

The great advantage of a hoist equipped with an electric tilt yoke is that the caregiver is able to position the patient very precisely without using muscle power. Often, then, the choice of an electric tilt yoke is motivated by care for the caregiver. This does not make it any less valuable to patients, especially those who have little trunk stability. It gives a great sense of security and comfort.

Of course, an electric tilt yoke affects the complete investment. Partly because of the price of this yoke, but also because the whole elevator is usually heavier.

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Affordable passive hoist

If your budget is limited and solidity and simplicity are more important than luxury, then the hoists from the German companies AKS and SLK are definitely a good option for you. Simple powerhouses at a particularly favorable price.

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The Molift Mover 300 can not only lift up to a maximum of 300kg, but can also be equipped with armrests for gait training.

Lifters for obese transfers

Lifting Obese Patients requires the selection of special elevators and lifting slings. In most cases you can get by with an elevator that can lift 150kg to 185kg, but sometimes it happens that someone is heavier than that. United Care can lift up to 230kg, Molift has an option up to 300kg. If you are looking forward to an elevator for such heavy people, please contact us, we are happy to think with you.

In this segment it is important that the construction is such that despite the high weight the elevator can maneuver smoothly. Also consider an electric spread of the legs and if possible an electric tilt yoke for good positioning. Anyway, the yoke should be wider because heavy people are normally more voluminous.

Preventing health problems of caregivers is of additional concern with this target group. Just the capacity of the elevator is ultimately not the most important aspect of a good choice.

Practical information about passive elevators

At Conec Care, we like to provide good information about our products. In doing so, we hope that everyone will find the product that best suits their particular situation. Below you will find practical information about passive elevators.

What is a passive hoist?

The passive hoist is designed to assist people who do not have sufficient muscle strength and control to transfer themselves. It is called a passive hoist because the user is not really able to help and therefore undergoes the transfer ‘passively’.

A passive elevator must have sufficient height to safely lift the caregiver high enough. Most passive elevators are wheeled, but a ceiling elevator on a rail also provides a passive transfer. In fact, all a passive hoist does is lift or lower the caregiver in a controlled manner and transport him from one place to another. A passive hoist can also be equipped with an (electric) tilt yoke. Then the caregiver can also be positioned from lying to sitting and vice versa.

What do you use a passive hoist for?

A passive hoist is used for various types of movement. In healthcare, moving a caregiver from one place or position to another is called a transfer.

The most common use of a passive hoist is for the transfer of a caretaker from, for example, bed to (wheel)chair, or from chair to toilet and vice versa. However, a passive hoist can also be used to lift a user into an upright position in bed, or to bring the user back to a lying position in a controlled manner. A passive hoist can also help better position a caregiver in a chair or wheelchair. Most modern passive elevators can also lift someone from the ground, for example after a fall.

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Transfer to wheelchair with a passive hoist

How do you use a passive hoist?

Operating a passive hoist is not difficult, but does require some practice. Don’t start experimenting on your own, but ask a nurse or occupational therapist to help you so you learn it responsibly. Also, make sure the elevator is appropriate for the person you need to lift. Always check that the maximum load weight fits the caregiver.

A full transfer normally requires the following steps:

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Positioning the elevator

Drives the elevator to the caregiver and places it ready for use with that person. You may need to spread the legs to place the yoke in the right place above the person being lifted. Some elevators spread the legs electrically; on others, you control this with a hand lever or foot pedal. In addition, make sure the yoke is high enough and does not interfere with or touch the caregiver.

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Applying the sling

This certainly takes some practice, as you also don’t want to inconvenience the caregiver too much. Certainly individuals with a lot of pain can suffer from an untrained application of the lifting sling. Exactly how you apply the lifting sling depends very much on the type of lifting sling you are using. And the choice of it depends on the purpose of the transfer and the physical characteristics of the person to be lifted. In all cases, make sure you have the right size lifting sling, as too large a size is unsafe and too small a size is uncomfortable.

Some elevators have clips, other elevators have a loop attachment. Of course, make sure the correct lifting sling is used with the elevator to be used.

NOTE: We use the name lifting sling, but the words lifting mat, lifting sling and sling are also common and people generally always mean the same thing.

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Lifting

When the lifting sling is properly under and behind the caregiver, carefully lower the yoke until you can attach the lifting sling to it. This requires your full attention, as the yoke usually comes very close to the head and you don’t want to cause an injury.

Once the lifting strap is attached, you can carefully lift the person. First a small piece so you can check that everything is in place. If all is well, continue lifting as far as necessary. It is best to stand alongside the person with the hand control in your hand. This offers the person to be lifted a lot of safety and your a lot of overview. And so you also have the opportunity to help with positioning if needed. At appropriate times, ask how the caregiver is feeling and if they are comfortable. It gives you necessary information and the caregiver a sense of security.

With lowering at the new destination, you proceed in reverse. On the final stretch, check that the person is properly positioned for a good “drop. It matters very much whether you put someone on a chair or toilet or in bed. The latter is much simpler and requires less precision and tuning.

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Riding the elevator

To move a caregiver from A to B, you must ride the elevator. Unless you use a ceiling elevator of course, then the elevator moves via a rail on the ceiling. But when driving a mobile hoist, there are a few things to watch out for.

  • Don’t forget to place the legs parallel as soon as you can again. Then the elevator is easier to maneuver
  • Obstacles such as rugs and thresholds are not only a nuisance, but can also create insecurity if you try to force your way in. The elevator could go out of balance. If it is unavoidable to overcome these obstacles, it may be safer and more comfortable to use a wheelchair for that purpose.
  • Use the handles or brackets for forward and reverse movement. Move sideways or turn by pushing with the foot against the side of the undercarriage
  • Drive regularly and not too fast. Prevent the person in the lifting sling from swaying. This can also cause the elevator to become unbalanced
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Other concerns when using elevator

  • In case of emergency, press the emergency button. That’s a red button on the elevator’s battery or control box. With the emergency button pressed, the elevator does nothing at all. Note: sometimes such an emergency button is hit, but first of all it is not necessary and secondly it often causes damage to the elevator
  • If the emergency button is pressed, or the elevator fails for some other reason, you can help any caregiver down with the emergency descent. Sometimes this is an electric emergency descent, but usually and in any case every elevator has a manual emergency descent. Make sure you know how this works before you make a transfer. You may need it and at such a time you don’t want to have to search for the manual first.
  • If you want to put the elevator back into use, turn the red button to the right and it will pop open again. Sometimes you can also pull the knob, but most of the time you have to turn it
  • An elevator with long legs is less maneuverable than an elevator with short legs. The length of the legs is related to the capacity of the elevator and the lifting height. An elevator with short legs, therefore, can also lift less heavy and less high.
  • Always have a full battery. It’s best to keep the battery full at all times, unless the manual says otherwise. Here’s how to avoid being left with an empty battery unexpectedly
  • Ensure regular maintenance and an inspection of the elevator. A poorly maintained hoist can cause problems and also lead to an accident
  • Always make sure you know who to contact in case of an outage. A passive hoist is not a luxury, if there is a malfunction, it should be fixed as soon as possible

Types of passive elevators (Versions)

There are several classifications to consider when discussing the types of passive hoists. The first classification is into mobile passive elevators and fixed elevators. Fixed elevators can be wall-mounted or ceiling-mounted. We leave these fixed elevators out of further consideration.

Within the category of mobile elevators, you have roughly the classification of passive translating elevators and passive rotating elevators. Translational elevators are also called column elevators. Examples of column elevators include the Molift Partner and the United Care Quinty. The advantage of translational elevators is mainly that the distance between the column and the yoke is the same at any height. This allows a patient to be positioned very precisely. This is possible, as the yoke moves up and down in the column. Also, a translational passive hoist can usually lift higher and heavier than a passive rotary hoist.

Passive translational elevators are mainly used in institutions where one has to deal with very different and sometimes complicated transfers. One disadvantage is that these elevators are somewhat larger and heavier, so can be used less flexibly. That’s where rotary tillers excel. These are simpler and therefore lighter to build. This makes them more flexible and agile. But because here the yoke hangs from an arm, which is pushed up or lowered by an actuator, the distance to the mast is different at each position. In a high position close to the mast and in a low position far from the mast.

Passive hoists can also be classified by yoke type. The simple elevators use a balance yoke. It can be a 2-point yoke, called the “coat hanger” or a 4-point spreader yoke. Such a spreader yoke offers a bit more comfort during a transfer, because the user has a bit more space under the yoke. By the way, there are also special yokes for transporting a patient lying down. These often have 8 suspension points.

Passive elevators can also be equipped with a tilt yoke. Allows you to bring the caregiver into a sitting or lying position by the position of the yoke. Manual or mechanical tilt yokes are almost not sold anymore. Typically, a tilt yoke is electrically operated via the hand control. This is called an electric tilt yoke and is extremely practical to use and makes positioning the lifted person much easier. In addition, the job of a nurse is many times lighter than using a balance yoke or mechanical tilt yoke.

A passive rotating hoist can also sometimes be folded for easy storage and transportation. This category is also called passive travel elevator. Conec Care is a specialist in this category of elevators. No other company in the Netherlands has a larger range of travel elevators in its program. All travel elevators have a balance yoke; an electric tilt yoke makes the elevator heavier and unsuitable for folding and transport.

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Electric tilt yoke for a passive hoist

Lifting straps for passive transfer

A passive hoist includes one or more lifting slings. The choice of a lifting sling is very personal. Of course, there are various types and sizes to consider. But there are also differences in the materials used. For more background, check out our article on lifting slings. Here briefly the most essential points:

  • The main types are standard transfer sling, bath sling or mesh sling, stay sling or in-situ sling, toilet sling or hygiene sling
  • Don’t make the mistake of defaulting to the same size as your clothing or choosing a different lifting strap. Sizing is important with lifting slings because too small is not comfortable and too large is unsafe. And each brand of lifting slings has a slightly different size. A size L with one manufacturer, is a size M with another.
  • A lifting sling is subject to wear and tear through use and washing. Some materials wear out faster than others, so if a lifting sling needs to be replaced sooner than you’re used to, that doesn’t mean it was a bad lifting sling.
  • Inspect your lifting slings regularly for wear. When in doubt whether you can still lift safely with it, it is better to replace the lifting sling.

The toilet tape

Finding a comfortable toilet tie is often the most difficult task. Especially with toilet straps, it’s really custom work to find a combination of a lifting strap that provides enough support and is also comfortable. The problem with toilet straps is that you want a large open area so that a toilet passage and a cleaning can take place easily. But that means there must be a lot of grip on a relatively small surface for a safe transfer. This can be through the design, but also through the choice of materials. Often it is a trial and error method to figure out which toilet band and which size is comfortable. Conec Care is happy to embark on that quest with you.

Passive travel elevators

Sometimes you want to use a passive hoist on location or take it with you to a vacation spot. This requires a collapsible passive hoist. Ideally, you want an elevator that is as light and compact as possible, but you also always have to deal with capacity requirements and budget.

The best and most practical travel elevator available is the Molift Smart 150. It’s actually not fair to speak of competition, because this elevator is lighter, more compact, more user-friendly and better than any alternative. If you are looking for the best option, just choose this one. But there are cheaper alternatives that can also satisfy according to your situation and needs.

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A passive travel elevator is easy to take with you on vacation

Selection aid travel elevator

Again, the Molift Smart is the best option in all cases, except if the capacity needs to be higher than 150kg or if the lifting height is not sufficient. But other travel elevators can be a good substitute in certain circumstances. However, you should always consider whether the elevator of your choice will fit into the space of your vehicle. At Conec Care, we distinguish between the following situations in our advice, and different advice suits each situation.

 

1. Incidental transportation.

The elevator is folded for transportation to the destination, unfolded there and folded again after 1 or more weeks for transportation home. In these situations, basically any collapsible elevator will do. Of course, one elevator is more pleasant and easier to use, but when there is so little need to collapse, ease of use is not a deciding factor. Reliable travel elevators are available starting at €1295.

 

2. Transportation in stages.

As in 1, but in the travel period several stages of several days. In this situation, we still recommend that you look out for an elevator that is a bit more practical with folding in and out and transporting. This prevents errors, damage and ‘frustration’. However, an alternative to the Molift Smart can then also do just fine.

 

3. Fold in or out daily or even several times a day

You travel with an RV or trek each day. Or you have to fold the elevator for storage after each use. In that case, I really recommend that you look into whether it is feasible to buy the Molift Smart, possibly with payment in installments. Unless such travel occurs only on an exceptional basis. If that doesn’t work out, an alternative can always be found, but you will inevitably make concessions.

 

4. Flying or other transportation where weight and dimensions are essential

Actually, in this case, there is no really good alternative to the Molift Smart. Also because it can be packed in a suitcase approved for flying, and airplanes often have a weight limit of 32kg. If it is still not feasible to buy a Molift Smart, the Carry is an interesting option. Here you can separate the mast from the base without tools and split the weight into 2 parts. Transporting a split elevator is not very practical, but “necessity breaks law.

 

5. Lifting capacity higher than 150kg or higher lifting height is necessary

In this case, the Molift Smart is not an option. The maximum capacity is 150kg and due to the compact design, the elevator simply cannot lift higher. In either case, the Carry 185 is the best option. An excellent elevator that has sufficient lifting height in most cases and can lift persons up to 185kg. With some practice easy to fold and includes a strap to secure the arm to the mast. And if necessary, safely and easily split without tools.

The difference between an active and passive hoist

Some people do not know well the distinction between an active elevator and a passive elevator. They then ask for an active elevator, while they have a passive transfer in mind or vice versa. That’s why we always ask about the circumstances, so we can give better advice. It is therefore not uncommon that we have to correct the request for help.

A passive hoist has already been described in detail in this article. Such an elevator is called passive, because the person being lifted with it does not assist, is passive during the transfer. An active elevator is actually a stand-up aid. This elevator helps people, who do have some standing function, get up and sit again. These people can stand with assistance, but lack the strength or coordination to make the standing or sitting motion. The active elevator helps them make the move and the caregiver helps as much as possible during the transfer.

It is good practice in the Netherlands not to use a heavier tool than necessary. Even if a person has very little ability to participate, this activation is very important in maintaining the muscle strength present. To successfully and safely perform an active transfer, the caregiver needs the following:

  • Sufficient standing function
  • Sufficient trunk balance
  • Sufficient arm and shoulder function
  • Sufficient capacity to hear, interpret and follow instructions

If one of these 4 is not sufficiently present, then a passive transfer is probably safer and more efficient. But it may also be that the use of just another type of active elevator or lifting sling may be sufficient. Check here for more background information on tools for active transfer.

What should you look for when buying a passive hoist?

There seems to be a lot to choose from when looking for a passive hoist. But in fact it is not so bad. First, decide what is important about the elevator and how you want to use it. Consider:

  • Length and weight of caregiver
  • Characteristics of caregiver (trunk stability, pain symptoms, etc.)
  • Where to use (home, institution, on-site, combination)
  • How often is the elevator used and how, for what solution
  • If you are looking for a travel elevator, how often will the elevator need to be folded, will it be flown?
  • What is the budget?

From the answers to the above questions comes a picture from which we can properly determine what kind of elevator is best for you. Depending on the situation, there are more or fewer options. But you can be confident, that if you choose a product with good build quality, it doesn’t matter that much whether you choose option A or B. In the end, it’s often a choice on details. Which elevator do you like best, which company do you feel most confident with, which elevator fits your budget best.

Of course, it is tempting to look primarily at the price. And in essence, an elevator of less than €1000 will do the same as an elevator of €4000 or more; lift you from A to B. The question is only, how long will the elevator keep doing that, how comfortable and safe is such a transfer for the caretaker, also in the long run, and is the elevator repairable if something goes wrong? A more expensive elevator often has more luxury, but the quality of the components and materials used obviously also plays a role, plus post-purchase support. A more expensive elevator is not always a better elevator, but a cheap elevator is not always a bad choice.

Then there is the service level of the supplier. How transparent is the company? Do you get tailored advice? Can you try out the elevator on a trial basis? Are elevators discussed that are not standard stock? What can be agreed upon for service after the sale?

Reimbursement passive hoist

If you need a hoist, you may be able to get reimbursed for it. There is a great tool on the resource guide to see if you can qualify for reimbursement.

The following questions are essential in determining whether you can get reimbursement and from whom you can apply:

  • Do I need the elevator for longer or shorter than 6 months?
  • Do I have a medical indication from a practitioner?
  • Have I been reimbursed for a passive hoist before?

If the need for a passive hoist is less than 6 months, apply for reimbursement from your health insurance company. This is only possible if you have a medical indication. Without this indication, health insurance will not reimburse you. Unless you have supplementary insurance and the policy conditions state that you do qualify for reimbursement.

If you need a passive hoist for an extended period of time, it depends on where the device is being used to determine where you may be able to get reimbursement. For example, if you need the elevator for school or work, the UWV is your point of contact. If it is intended to enable you to live independently at home for longer, then the WMO within your municipality is the contact point. If you are staying in an institution, the institution will take care of an application and this can be to the WLZ, the WMO or your health insurance, depending on your situation.

As a general rule, you cannot receive reimbursement for a device for which you have already had reimbursement. So for example, if the WMO reimbursed a ceiling elevator and you now want a passive travel elevator, you normally have to pay for the travel elevator yourself. However, there are exceptions, so in any case, check first if you are still eligible for reimbursement.

Buying a passive hoist

Conec Care is a specialist in passive elevators. We have selected elevators that can be used safely for many years. We only work with reputable European manufacturers, who are accountable for their product and where we are helped to solve any problems quickly and competently. We have a wide range of various types and brands of passive elevators. Of course, we have our preferences, but if another type or brand is more appropriate, we can often provide those as well.

Conec Care has a relationship and agreements with several manufacturers in Europe. If you have a particular type in mind, we will first see if a model from our preferred manufacturers is a suitable alternative. Our preferred manufacturers at the moment are AKS, Molift, SLK and United Care. Look in our
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and if your preferred model is not there, please let us know so we can see how we can still help you.

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Conec Care is a quirky company that helps people with care aids for a freer life. A ‘no-nonsense’ personal approach is what characterizes us: short lines of communication, ample accessibility, fast delivery. We are passionate about helping you find a great, affordable solution for your premium care tool.

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