Your guide to hoists

We understand that making the right decisions when investing in hoisting solutions can be tricky. We have created this blog of the most frequently asked hoisting questions, to help you make the best decision for your needs.

What are the different types of hoist? 

Before you can decide which is the best option, you need to understand the different types of hoists that are available: 

Ceiling hoists:  

  • These are permanent fixtures, installed on an overhead track system.  

  • They help increase floor space and the track is installed to suit the size and shape of the room.  

  • Ceiling hoists can help reduce the amount of support required from carers.  

Mobile hoists:  

  • These are primarily used in short moving tasks and help with standing and lifting.  

  • They are lightweight and easily transportable. 

Bath hoists: 

  • These are used to transfer into baths. 

  • They are created to withstand bath environment and rusting. 

  • Various models are available to suit users' needs and promote independence.  

Pool hoists:  

  • These are used for swimming pools, hydrotherapy pools, hot tubs, and Jacuzzis.  

  • They can be used for hoisting above and below water. 

  • They can come as a permanent fixture or mobile and are designed to withstand water. 

Ceiling hoist or mobile hoist? 

If you have decided that you need a hoist for a room such as a bedroom then a pool hoist or bath hoist can be ruled out. Next it is important to understand whether a ceiling or mobile hoist would suit your environment and individual needs better: 

Ceiling hoist: 

  • Uses a ceiling track system which can be operated by the user or a career  

  • Designed to increase independence by enabling them to move freely with less or without aid  

  • Increases floor space 

  • May be unsuitable for certain environments that have design features preventing a track system from being installed  

Mobile hoist: 

  • Allows safe movement of patients from one location to another  

  • Commonly used for smaller journeys and lefts from places like bed to chair and can be used in any room providing it has available floor space 

  • Requires more manual handling from careers, less independence   

Can a ceiling hoist be operated by one person?  

  • A ceiling hoist can be operated by one person if it is described as a single-user hoist  

  • Two people may be required to hoist to prevent oversight, to reduce the physical load or if individual care plans require two carers  

  • Some hoist systems require two people because the hoists are moved manually so one person for hoisting and one person for helping patients 

  • Single-user hoists can include turntables, track components and sensors for safety  

The GoLift ceiling hoist is suitable for single-users. It features a capacitive touch handset, emergency stop, emergency lowering, free fall braking, soft start and stop, and overload protection.  

*Always check product information and perform a risk assessment before attempting to lift a patient on your own   

Can we help you find your perfect hoisting solution? Give us a call today on 01634 813388 to talk to a member of our sales team.


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