The 10 Best Sit To Stand Lifts For The Elderly

The 10 Best Sit To Stand Lifts For The Elderly

The 10 Best Sit To Stand Lifts For The Elderly

The 10 Best Sit To Stand Lifts For The Elderly

Sit to stand lifts are designed to assist a person in both standing but also in moving short distances.

They’re an excellent accessory for the elderly because they still require the person to use some level of strength.

This helps them maintain a certain level of muscle strength and exercise.

I recommend these lifts to my patients coming back from surgery, in rehabilitation, or are just a little frail.

Here is my list of recommended sit to stand lifts currently available that should be functional for you.

Invacare Get-U-Up Hydraulic Stand-Up Patient Lift

Invacare Get-U-Up Hydraulic Stand-Up Patient Lift

  • Rotating pump handle.
  • Padded leg support.
  • Unit weight 88 lbs.
  • Weight capacity 350 lbs.

The Invacare Get-U-Up lift helps caregivers handle patients who are rehabilitating and in need of additional support.

However, in order for the caregiver to use this lift successfully, the patient must be able to support 60% of their own body weight.


The lift has a 4.5’’ ground clearance which should be accessible to most beds plus it can be adjusted for various body sizes and accommodate patients with up to 350 lbs of weight.

The patient will also get padded leg support that can be adjusted for height.


The casters have no brakes which may seem weird, but according to the manufacturer, this is essential for maintaining a center of gravity that follows the user’s movement.

The Invacare Get-U-Up also features a non-slip foot-plate that helps maintain stability during transfers.

The multi-function slings which include the lift, transfer, and quick toilet sling are all sold separately. You only get the lift with this purchase.

Perfect for the user and caregiver

The user can lift themselves with the help of a rotating pump handle and the handle can be placed on either side of the lift, so it can be used by the caregiver if the patient is still too weak.

You get a 3-year warranty for this lift and 1-year for the hydraulic pump.

What We like

  • Good quality parts.
  • Padded leg support.
  • Great for rehabilitation.

What We Don’t Like

  • Does not have locking wheels

Lumex Stand Assist Patient Transport Unit

Lumex Stand Assist Patient Transport Unit

  • Manual sit-to-stand lift.
  • Unit weight 61 lbs.
  • Weight capacity 400 lbs.

The Lumex stand assist is a manual sit-to-stand lift and is a budget-friendly alternative to an electric lift.

Just like the Invacare model, the Lumex was designed for users that are able to lift themselves up but need added assistance for transfers.

How to use it

To use this lift, the caregiver needs to position it in front of the user, lock the rear casters, and wait for the user to lift themselves up and onto the padded seat.

Then the caregiver can then unlock the wheels and transfer the user to the desired location.

This unit will relieve a caregiver from a lot of heavy lifting when transferring the patient.

What customers are saying

The Lumex was made to accommodate users up to 400 lbs of weight and between 5’1’’ and 6’6’’ tall. This manual lift will fit through narrow doors that are wider than 25”.

Users seem to like this model and compare it to the Sara Steady patient transport device. The only issue caregivers have faced- the Lumex lift is difficult to maneuver on carpet.

What We like

  • Easy on the caregivers back.
  • Easy to use.
  • Rear wheels have locks.

What We Don’t Like

  • Requires some user strength.
  • Wheeling over carpet is a challenge.

Hi-Fortune Electric Hoyer Lift With Full Mesh Sling

Hi-Fortune Electric Hoyer Lift With Full Mesh Sling

  • 360 degrees of rotation.
  • Adjustable base.
  • Emergency options.
  • Unit weight 99 lbs.
  • Weight capacity 400 lbs.

The Electric Hoyer Lift doesn’t require any user strength and will help the caregiver transfer them from the bed, chair, and floor.

The frame is made from thick steel tubes that can hold up to 400 lbs of weight.

After the unit is charged it can be used 60-80 times depending on the user’s weight and the length of the transfer, just note that you won’t be able to use it while it’s charging.


Most of this lift’s functions are situated on the frame (little display, battery indicator, extend or retract, and emergency button) but you also get a remote to control its up and down movements.

Inside the package, you get a full-body mesh sling made of polyester that is safe to use in both wet and dry conditions.

The 4’’ casters are easy to push and come with breaks. The legs can be adjusted for width with the help of a push pedal.


This electric lift was made with elderly, bed-ridden, or handicapped patients in mind.

However, it is worth noting that some elderly are terrified of being suspended in the air, so make sure you speak with the user before making this purchase.

Also keep in mind that you’ll need 2 caregivers to use this safely, one in the front and one in the back.

What We like

  • Adjustable width.
  • Easy to operate.
  • Large weight capacity.

What We Don’t Like

  • Must be used with 2 assistants.

ArjoHuntleigh Sara Stedy Sit To Stand Manual Lift

ArjoHuntleigh Sara Stedy Sit To Stand Manual Lift

  • Pull-up motion.
  • Ergonomic handles.
  • Adjustable legs.
  • Weight capacity 400 lbs.

The Sara Stedy manual lift is similar to the Lumex stand assist unit on our list and will require the user to have some strength in their arms and legs in order to lift up.

It is sold at a higher price point compared to the Lumex, but that’s because the Sara Steady model excels in certain features such as design and adjustability.


The seat of Sara Steady pivots at an angle and makes it easier for the patient to get inside the lift.

The handle on this model doesn’t require the user to push themselves in order to stand, but quite the contrary – they have to pull on the handles to get up.

This motion is much easier for all users, especially if they have weak bladder issues and can’t push anything.

The handgrips are ergonomic and molded together with the seat so the caregiver can turn the unit with the user inside.


The legs are adjustable and pedal-operated. This allows the caregiver to navigate tight spaces without having to bend down. The weight capacity is set at 400 lbs.

The only downside (similar to the Lumex model) is navigating it on carpet spaces. It is almost impossible to wheel this unit across a carpet.

What We like

  • Great for rehabilitation.
  • Assists the elderly.
  • Pedal-operated chassis legs.

What We Don’t Like

  • Impossible to wheel over a carpet.

Drive Medical Hydraulic Patient Lift With Six Point Cradle

Drive Medical Hydraulic Patient Lift With Six Point Cradle

  • Steel construction.
  • Adjustable base.
  • Weight capacity of 450 lbs.

The Drive Medical lift has to be operated manually, but it comes with strong hydraulics making lifting easier for the caregiver.

It arrives almost completely assembled, and only a couple of parts will need to be attached.

This unit comes close to the largest weight capacity on our list and will lift the patient from any position.

However, the Drive sling needed to actually lift the patient needs to be purchased separately.

Easy Storage

The legs on this lift can be adjusted for width to 22’’ for better storage, but they will have to be fully extended to 42’’ before lifting.

The casters are 5’’ in diameter which is the widest on our list, but the unit still has issues wheeling over carpets when loaded.

The low price-tag on this unit has made it a favorable choice among users, but it can’t be used without assistance.

What We like

  • Budget-friendly price.
  • Easy to store.
  • Arrives assembled.

What We Don’t Like

  • Difficult to wheel it over carpets.

ProHeal Full Body Sit To Stand Lift

The ProHeal sit to stand lift will assist users to alternate between sitting and standing with the push of a button.

This model has the highest weight capacity on our list and sturdy welding that supports up to 500 lbs of weight.

The ProHeal features clip free sling hook-ups that will save the caregiver some time and effort, especially if they’re using it daily.

Accommodates all heights

The cradle is adjustable and will accommodate all heights. The lowest point of pick up is 37’’ from the floor, and the highest point of pickup is 71’’.

This unit is a lifesaver when it comes to transporting patients between their bed, toilet, or wheelchair, but it can’t pick them up from the floor.

The rear wheels can be locked as well as the base, for added security.

ProBasics Patient Lift

The ProBasics lift is operated manually with the help of a hydraulic pump handle that is ergonomic and padded.

This lift will accommodate users up to 450 lbs of weight and has a minimum lifting range of 26’’. It features a slim 36’’ design and 5’’ low friction casters. The rear casters can be locked for safety.


The construction is made of round tube steel and the six-point swivel bar can be used with a 4 or 6 point sling.

You will have to purchase the sling separately, but this model works with most slings available.

Plus, with the ProBasics lift, you’ll be able to pick up the patient from the floor.

Invacare Personal Hydraulic Patient Body Lift Kit

The Invacare hydraulic lift will be a great aid in your home if you have elderly people that are prone to falling down and have to be picked up from the floor often.

The minimum lift range is set to only 20” of the ground which is the lowest among the models on our list.

How to use it

To pick up the patient roll them to the side, place the sling underneath, roll them onto the sling, and lift up.

The swivel bar has 6 points of attachment and can be used with most slings on the market. It is possible to transfer someone to a van, as long as you have a flat surface leading to the vehicle.

Also the lower the seating in your vehicle, the harder it will be to transfer the patient. The swivel bar and push handle are both padded for caregiver convenience.

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The BestStand electric lift will help patients that don’t have sufficient arm and leg strength.

The minimum seating height for lifting is 38’’, the maximum is 60.5’’ and it works with wheelchairs that are less than 33.9’’ wide.

All 4 casters can be locked for safety while transferring the patient and the unit can be reimbursed through Medicare. However, it does not come with the sling, so you’ll need to purchase that separately.

How to use it

To prepare the patient for lifting, position them so their knees are firmly on the kneepad and they’re holding on the handles.

Push the button on the remote to lift them up, and the electric lift will assist them in standing up or sitting down.

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The Probasics hydraulic lift was made to manually transport patients with the help of a pump handle. The base comes with foot-operated caster wheel locks that will save the caregivers back.

This model can lift users up to 450 lbs of weight, and can be used to pick up patients of the floor.

With this model, you get a full-body mesh sling that is 41.5’’ wide and 53.3’’ long. The base of the lift can be adjusted for width and should fit under most beds.

Standing aids can truly benefit both the patient and the caregiver in performing daily routine tasks.

They are usually used by caregivers who need to transfer the patient from their bed or wheelchair to the toilet, shower, or dining table.

Some standing aids require the user to be able to stand on their own but it assists them in the process. Others will lift the patient from the floor.

A standing aid should be chosen according to the situation of the patient, and the needs of their caregiver.

Getting a standing aid will definitely save the caregivers back, and return some freedom to the patient.

There are however certain features that you’ll need to understand before making your purchase. Let’s explore them further:

Electric Vs Manual Lifts

Depending on the circumstance of the patient, you can choose between an electric or a manual lift.

Electric lift

The electric lift was made for patients that can’t lift themselves on their own and therefore require more assistance.

You usually get a remote that will ascend or descend the patient with the push of a button. Some electric lifts can even pick up patients from the floor.

This is especially helpful for families with elderly people. So if the patient falls down you’ll be able to sling them back up safely.

Manual lift

Manual lifts are a good choice for patients that are able to lift themselves up but need assistance in doing so.

They’re especially helpful for recovering patients since the manual lift encourages the use of their muscles for getting up and sitting down.

Lift Height Range

This article was made exclusively for families that will be using the lift in their homes.

To ensure that your lift will be well used consider the height of the patient’s bed, chairs/wheelchairs, and the toilet seat in your home.

Make sure the maximum lifting height of the device matches the height of your patient while seated.

If you plan on using the lift to pick patients up off the floor, go for the model with the lowest height range. On this list that would be the Invacare Personal Hydraulic Patient Body Lift Kit.

Weight Capacity

To ensure safety while using the lift, make sure its weight capacity is beyond the patient’s weight.

This is especially important for the electric lift. The closer the user is to the weight capacity of the lift the lower its battery power will be.

Manual lifts also have a certain weight capacity and if the user goes over it, the lift may break and lead to injury.

Type Sling

To use the lift successfully you will need a sling which is usually purchased separately. There are different kinds of slings to choose from depending on your needs:

Full body

A full body sling covers the entire body of the user and was made for safe transfers of patients that don’t have much body strength.

U sling

This type of sling is the most convenient to use and can be used to help the patient lift their upper body, or placed underneath a sitting patient to help them stand up.

Sling for toilet

The toileting sling is actually a full-body sling with a convenient hole in the bottom. This type of sling is helpful to assist patients that can’t get up on their own when using the toilet.

Emergency Control

If you’re using an electric lift, always make sure you get a model that features emergency controls.

They come with a manual override in case you lose battery, or you wish to shut off a malfunction.

This is crucial for the patient’s safety while they’re being transferred around.