A ceiling hoist is an overhead moving and handling system used to move patients from one place to another without the need for carers to use manual hoists.
As well as reducing the requirement for manual handling in care environments, ceiling hoists increase floor space as the hoist is hung directly from tracks in the ceiling.
This prevents many problems seen with manual hoists, including moving the hoist across carpet, bumpy flooring or having to navigate around furniture.
How Does a Ceiling Hoist Work?
There are many advantages to using ceiling hoists, but ultimately they are designed to reduce the requirement for manual handling for carers. They also make it easier for patients to move from one place to another - reducing the risk of injury and promoting a better quality of life for patients.
Tracks are installed to the ceiling with a patient hoist attached, giving users the option to move freely along the length of the track.
Track switches and turntables can be installed to enable the patients to change their direction of travel (for example to navigate between rooms).
The tracks can cover entire rooms and are usually operated by a hand-held control system which gives patients independence to move freely, or with less support from a caregiver.
They can be installed flexibly and adapted to suit the particular care environment, whether that’s a private dwelling, hospital, school or Changing Places facility.
Types of Ceiling Hoist
Wealden Rehab supplies two main types of ceiling hoist products to care environments across the UK.
Our approach to product design is focused on innovation and problem-solving and, as such, our award-winning GoLift Ceiling Hoist is a leader in state of the art hoist technology.
Its compact, aesthetically-pleasing design maximises space with its low lift height and is perfect for the routine transfer of patients - the most modern and advanced patient handling solution on the market.
For increased flexibility, the GoLift Portable Ceiling Hoist takes hoisting to the next level. Its lightweight, innovative design allows for it to be installed in care environments with limited space, while still being able to lift up to 204kg (32 Stone).
If you’re interested in finding out more about our innovative ceiling hoists or would like to discuss your requirements, please get in touch with a member of the Wealden Rehab team today!
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