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:
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.
These are primarily used in short moving tasks and help with standing and lifting.
They are lightweight and easily transportable.
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.
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:
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
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
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