Independent transfer with ceiling lift

Independent transfer with ceiling lift
The user must overcome difficulties to transfer independently using a ceiling lift.

Bedroom with ceiling lift
Bedroom with ceiling lift

Lift sling “Byxsele” with reinforced back used in combination with ceiling lift.
Technique: Susanne leans forward and lets the lift sling slide down her back. Next she pulls the leg supports forward and up between her legs by leaning forward and rocking from side to side, lifting up her legs, and even using her teeth. Then she places the sling in the lift tackle, with the leg supports on top. In order to correctly position herself in bed she now twists the tackle in the opposite direction that she intends to turn when she is above the bed. Then she lifts herself; as long as she is still able to reach the wheelchair she pushes off and in over the bed as far as possible. Her legs are still dangling outside the edge of the bed. Next she raises herself until her feet clear the bed, and then twists back by herself and lowers herself onto the bed. She straightens her legs using an electric bed back support. While sitting in bed she hangs out the leg supports, pulls them out from under her legs, hangs them in again, raises the lift and the sling is pulled away.

Users comments
The reinforced back and legs enable Susanne to correctly position the sling by herself. In this way she is able to transfer to and from bed independently, if absolutely necessary. The process takes 20 minutes. She cannot get undressed.

Susanne now has a motorized ceiling lift that allows for lateral movement along the ceiling track, Likorall 242 ES from Hillrom. The transfer process is now much easier.

Purchased from
Hillrom, (last checked July 2020)

Paid for by
County council

Whose idea
Susanne Berg

This tip is from 2005

Lift harness Byxsele
Lift harness Byxsele

Tipsare: Susanne

Susanne lives in an apartment. She studies as well as working full time as a free-lance journalist. She was injured in 1982 and has a high spinal cord injury (C5). Through hand surgery her grip function in her left hand improved. She has personal assistance.