Since now he can't move freely, getting to the wheelchair from the bed and vice versa became a lot of trouble. Though he has two sons with biceps like those of professional wrestlers and can move him around like carrying a pillow - his wife doesn't have such muscle. This got him and his wife thinking about buying a patient lifter to make life easier for the whole family but which one?
Fortunately Brooke already knows that the internet is such a great place for window shopping and harvest information. After spending a couple of hours surfing Brooke found some great websites that sell patient lifters and offer mountains of information. He also notes some important signs that you should look for before buying a patient lifter from an online seller. Here they are :
1. The site should allow comparisons.
A simple table containing the pros and cons of each patient lifter type is already sufficient. This allows the visitors to quickly understand the main differences between each types. This simple thing can really help in choosing the most appropriate type of lifter.
2. A simple how to never hurts.
Operating a patient lifter can be quite easy... or NOT. A simple step by step explanation describing the appropriate steps in moving a patient using a patient lifter can be a huge help. Especially when the patient is your loved one and you don't want this machine to do more harm than good.
3. A working telephone number printed on every page.
Check the site footer or on the navigation links ( usually found on the left side ) and see if you can find a telephone number there. A credible seller got nothing to hide and if you can see the phone number printed on every page then you can almost be sure that the seller is indeed doing serious business.
4. An expert behind the phone.
Unfortunately a phone number is not enough. Try to call that number and ask one question that you FEEL is the most important thing. If you hear a lot of "Uhmm..." or "Hang on" or even a long silence after you ask that question then rethink about buying from them.
5. Payment plans.
A patient lifter can be quite expensive and some models actually very expensive. If you already spent thousand of dollars for your doctor and other medical bills it can be a difficult decision to buy one. If you find an online seller offering a payment plan bookmark it or write the URL on a piece of paper. Not many sites offer it.