Hoyer lifts are used for transfers when a person requires 90-100% assistance to get into and out of bed.
A pad fits under the person's body in the bed and connects with chains to the hoyer lift frame. A hydraulic pump is used to lift the person off the bed surface.
Once the person is suspended in the air, the hoyer lift can be maneuvered to a wheelchair or another surface by pushing the lift on its wheels. A wheel mechanism is slowly turned to lower the person into a seated position. The pad will stay under the person, but the chains are disconnected.
Hoyer lifts require significant space to maneuver in a home, and a caregiver must be able to operate them alone.