Ceiling lift mounted on a track system from the bedroom to the bathroom

Ceiling Lift: An Alternative to Accessible Bathroom Remodel

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The track system mounted to the ceiling of a home that a ceiling lift motor glides on, used to make a home accessible.

The track system of this ceiling lift allows a person to move from bedroom to bath in one transfer.

A ceiling lift can be a great alternative to an accessible bathroom remodel. Any sort of bathroom remodeling involves permits, construction, and can cost tens of thousands of dollars. A ceiling lift is a piece of equipment that lifts a person, commonly out of a wheelchair, and transfers him/her to a bed, a recliner, a bathtub or shower, and back.

A ceiling lift can even carry a person between rooms in a home in one transfer. In certain situations, the operator can be the person in need of being transferred, granting them complete independence. It can also alleviate the strain of lifting for a caregiver. Installation of a ceiling lift can be custom fitted to a home, making it a viable solution for home mobility.

Why is a Ceiling Lift better than an Accessible Bathroom Remodel?

Close up picture of the pivot point of a ceiling mounted lift system that helps make a home accessible.

The ceiling lift motor can change directions at this pivot point.

  • Cheaper – a fixed ceiling-mounted lift can cost a fraction of what it costs to make a bathroom accessible (widening of doors, removing thresholds, converting a tub to a roll-in shower, replacing toilets and sinks, replacing the floor, and more)
  • It’s Equipment – since it is a piece of equipment, and not a permanent modification to a home, it could be covered by Medicaid.
  • Quicker Install – ceiling lifts can typically installed in one day. If any cutouts above doorways, or the replacement of doors, may extend the install a few days longer. It’s still way faster than a bathroom remodel, which could take weeks. This is most crucial for anyone being sent home from the hospital that would need a transfer system installed sooner.
  • Over come trip hazards – the lip of a shower, or having to step over a tub can lead to serious injuries if trips occur. A caregiver typically also have to lift and carry a person over these barriers, resulting in a high amount of strain as the years go by.
  • Soar through doorways – a wheelchair typically won’t fit through most bathroom doors.
  • Minimal transfers – a disabled person, an older adult, or anyone with mobility challenges could move between chair and bed, or can skip the chair altogether and move from bed to the toilet or shower in ONE transfer. Talk about making life easier!
  • Take it with you – if a move is ever in order, a person can take the ceiling lift. If a house it being sold, it can be a good selling point if the buyer is in need of a ceiling lift.
  • It can be portable – if one opts for a portable motor, tracks can be set up in different areas of a home so that it can be removed and hooked in with ease. This minimized the amount of track required. This saves money and also helps keep a home looking like home. In addition, the portable motor can be connected between two separate homes altogether – like a primary home and a vacation home.
A track system installed over a bathtub and a shower along which a ceiling lift can transfer a person.

A ceiling lift rider can transfer straight to the bathtub, toilet or shower in one swoop.

Ceiling Lift Installation – Service Areas:

Accessible Systems is a dealer of ceiling lifts. Its service areas include:

  • Denver Metro Area: Denver, Littleton, Lakewood, Highlands Ranch, Greenwood Village, Parker, Aurora, Thornton, Northglenn, Boulder and everywhere in between
  • Southern Colorado: Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and Pueblo West
  • Northern Colorado:  Greeley, Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont
  • Wyoming: Cheyenne, Laramie
  • Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas greater metropolitan areas