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Portable Track Systems

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If you plan on using an overhead patient lift, then you will need an appropriate track system for the lift to run on. Track systems come in many different orientations so that you can find the track system that’s just right for your needs and room setup.


Track systems range from the simple to the complex. At the most basic, a freestanding straight rail track travels over the patient’s bed and allows you to transfer them from bed into a wheelchair by the bed’s side, and vice versa. You can also choose track systems which facilitate patient transfers in the bathroom.


You will find that some track systems are freestanding, while others require installation into the wall or ceiling. Determining just which track system is right for your needs will depend on the room that you’re working in, the space that you have available, and whether you’re looking for a long-term track system. In some cases, it may be well worth the effort to install a track system into the ceiling or wall. In other instances, a free standing track system may easily fulfill your needs.


When investing in a track system, especially one that will be used in the home, carefully consider whether portability is an important feature. If you’re working with limited space, the ability to wheel the track system away when it’s not in use can be an appealing advantage. You will also want to make sure that the track system can be adjusted to suit your needs – a track must be tall and wide enough to fit over the patient’s bed.


Track systems offer a convenient alternative to the task of installing a ceiling track system in your home. Track systems allow you to enjoy the benefits of an overhead ceiling patient lift without the installation expense of a full ceiling track system. 

Consider Ease of Installation

When buying a track system, find out how the system is installed. Some systems offer tool-free assembly, which can be a real timesaver. Others need to be at least partially mounted to the wall or ceiling, which takes more time and often has specific structural requirements. If you’re looking for a track system for temporary use, then it may be worth it to invest in a portable track system.

Look for Features for Increased Patient Comfort and Safety

When shopping for a track system, don’t forget to look for features which increase your patient’s comfort and safety. Many track systems offer a soft stop and start feature, which can eliminate the sudden jolting that can occur with the movement of the lift. It’s also a good idea to find a track system with a battery LED indicator to help monitor battery life. And, of course, any track system that you buy should have an emergency stop and lower feature for safety. 


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