Patient Hoists for the Disabled
How do you choose which hoist is right for you?
With a ceiling fixed hoist there is less strain as no manual lifting is required. An overhead hoist uses no floor space, which eliminates storage concerns and provides a high lifting height from the floor. It is a versatile option which enables you to lift, reposition, weigh or help the user onto a toilet.
Full room access and to other rooms, through the door header is easily achievable and only 1 person (caregiver) is required to operate. Solo operation is also an option depending on the users abilitiesand the hoists can be mains or battery powered.
A ceiling fixed lift is easier to use than a floor lift, which can be difficult to manoeuvre if carpeting is an issue.
The following track configurations are available with ceiling hoists: Straight Track, X-Y system or H Track, room to room track system, curves, Y junctions, turntables, gates, exchangers and portable tracks.
Mobile Floor Hoists
Floor lifts can be less expensive than ceiling lifts and are good for use in common care areas - as back-up to primary ceiling units. There is no track to install meaning no damage to your floor or walls and a lift from the floor is possible. This makes the floor hoist an excellent option for temporary use on holidays or for occasional visitor's.
Wall Lift Hoists
It is inexpensive, versatile and easy to install. The lift can be made portable with the use of additional wall brackets and is particularly useful in bathrooms where space can be at a premium. The unit is supplied with a water resistant control handset, electronics and circuit board.
Hoist Slings and Body Support System
Buying a Hoist or Lifting System
A good piece of advice is to speak to an independent adviser who deals with more than one manufacturer. This way the salesman is going to give you an honest appraisal of the best equipment for you and not have to try and persuade you to buy the only brand that they can sell.
I would also strongly urge you to meet with an occupational therapist or physiotherapist with expertise in this area as it is vitally important that you get the right solution for the end user.