The hardware that allows a hoist to move in two directions has long been a useful piece of kit in a hoist designers toolkit. The flexibility of an XY track system means that we maximise opportunities for reducing risk in the handling regime, and provides peace of mind for the future should furniture need to be relocated within a space.
An XY system is very often used within a bedroom space as so many transfers can take place in this area. Very often there is a desire to transfer the user from the bedroom to an adjacent bathroom. This could be facilitated by hoisting onto a mobile chair, wheeling the user into the bathroom, and then carrying out an additional hoisted transfer in that room. For some people, this may be the best option. However, the Transition Gate allows us to facilitate the transfer in a different way.
The XY system should be orientated so that the travelling track is in line with the branch track. The branch track is installed at the same level as the travelling track. The Transition Gate is a mechanical gate system which attaches to the end of the track system, providing a safety stop for the hoist at the junction of the travelling track and the branch track. When the travelling track is aligned with the branch track the Transition Gate locks the tracks together, the safety stops open and the hoist is allowed to pass through onto the branch track.
Thus the user is hoisted in the bedroom, and transported through to the bathroom in one fluid movement without additional hoisting manoeuvres, saving time and frustration for the care assistant.
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