About Us

Dedicated to improving lives by providing caregivers solutions to move patients safely and with compassion.

Mission Statement

Dedicated to improving lives by providing caregivers solutions to move patients safely and with compassion.


Our Products:  Quality management

The Horcher lifts and slings that we sell and install at Barrier Free Lifts are manufactured to the highest German standards as described below:

Advanced Production Methods

Our 30 years of manufacturing experience ensures that we are a competent partner.

Using the most up to date manufacturing facilities helps to ensure high quality standards are maintained. Qualified specialists produce high quality products to fit your requirements.

CAD workstations guarantee production standards of the highest quality and our certified quality management systems ensure that quality control is maintained.

Security Quality Certification

Quality standard after DIN EN ISO 13485:2012

Over the past 30 years, we have provided an extremely high standard of products to our customers. We are, and always have been, committed to improving the quality of our products.

In order to maintain and improve the quality of our products, we have in place a carefully tailored multi-stage quality management system. This system is comprised of a highly skilled and motivated Research and Development team specializing in improving the standards and quality of our products. We employ the most recent innovative technology combined with first class control systems that guarantee our products are manufactured to highest safety levels.

Horcher GmbH received from the Berlin Cert GmbH, situated at the Technical University of Berlin, the DIN EN ISO 13485:2012 certification covering the following areas of excellence: Design, Development, Production, Installation and Maintenance of medical rehabilitation products.


Barrier Free Lifts History

  • Established in 1986 in Manassas, Virginia.

  • 1994 Achieved becoming the largest homecare dealer network for patient lifts in the USA with over 271 dealers.

  • 1996 Established a GSA schedule with the United States Government.

  • 2004 Ownership changed to Horcher Gmbh, headquarters relocated to Ocala, FL and name changed to Horcher Lifting Systems.

  • 2004 Established our second location in Dallas, Texas, managed by Chip McWhorter, he is still working for Barrier Free Lifts as our Technical Director and Dealer Certification Manager.

  • 2005 Established our third location in Garden Grove, California, managed by Sandy Tracy, and she is still working for Barrier Free Lifts today.

  • 2007 Hired our first Institutional Sales Rep, Tom Fitzgerald, with over 15 years of experience in the patient lift market at that time. He is now the Vice President of Sales.

  • 2008 Established our fourth location in Tulsa, OK.

  • 2008 Ownership change to Cecil Rider, remained in Ocala, FL and name changed back to Barrier Free Lifts. Cecil started as an installer in 1999 after retiring from the United States Marine Corps, became Vice President in 2007 and went on to purchase the company.

  • 2010 Debuted a New Unilift ceiling lift.

  • 2011  Current building purchased (1620 SW 17th St, Ocala FL 34471) for the corporate headquarters.

  • 2016 Relocated our California location to Anaheim.

  • 2017 New Unilift Professional Series floor model line debuted.

  • 2018 New PC-2 Professional Series Lift debuted.

  • 2018 New Unilift Professional Series Ceiling lifts debuted.

  • 2019 New Web Site goes on-line.

  • 2019 Brought on board Matt Mauro with over 25 years of experience in the medical device field, as the Vice President of Business Development.


Our Customers

As full spectrum Safe Patient Handling equipment and service company, we move patients with limited mobility efficiently and safely for staff and patient. We do this by designing the most comprehensive equipment by combining new technology and customer collaboration.  Our mission is to improve the comfort, recovery, independence and mobility for patients, delivered with dignified compassionate care.