Patient Handling Solutions For Post-acute Care

Summary. Joerns Healthcare is a leading provider of post-acute medical equipment and care solutions. Our patient handling solutions, including hoist medical equipment, support patients and caregivers worldwide, ensuring high quality and reliable patient handling equipment. We offer various products such as the Oxford Journey, Oxford Presence, and Oxford Mermaid for different post-acute care needs.


Joerns Healthcare is one of the world’s leading providers of post-acute medical equipment and care solutions. Our patient lifting, transfer and rehabilitation solutions assist patients and caregivers all over the world. Many of our revolutionary aids are used in an array of care environments from hospitals and residential settings through to home care. Trusted by health organisations all over the world, we are proud to have earned an enviable reputation for high quality and reliable patient handling equipment.

Our patient handling solutions support patients who require post acute care to help get them back on track to being as mobile as possible after a hospital stay. In hospital environments, but also in residential and care homes, acute care plans often depend on lifting equipment to help rehabilitate patients. Moreover, lifting solutions supports them in their recovery journeys and longer-term care.

Joerns Healthcare: Experts in Patient Handling

With over 65 years of experience, Joerns has a distinguished history of designing and supplying leading patient care solutions. The home of Oxford Hoist, our rehabilitation products have a heritage dating back to the 1950s. Over the past six decades our evolving knowledge continues to shape the products we design and supply today.

Our aim is to enhance the safety and simplicity of care provision as much as we can. We are strong believers in prioritising both the patient and the caregiver when designing a hoist and medical transfer equipment. We understand that when both parties feel safe, secure and comfortable, the highest levels of care can be realised.

Hoist Medical Equipment

As a leading patient handling equipment supplier, we have many post-acute care solutions to choose from depending on the specific needs of the patient. Some of our most popular solutions are detailed as follows:

Oxford Journey – Compact Folding Stand Aid

The Oxford Journey is an active style lift, designed especially to support those who require assistance to transition from a seated to a standing position. They are different from a passive hoist whereby they require the user to actively participate in the lift and transfer process. Users therefore must have a degree of weight-bearing ability for this stand aid to be considered a compatible and viable solution.


The Oxford Journey is one of the most reputable stand aids on the market and has been since its launch. Compact and lightweight, the hoist is foldable without the need for tools, making it convenient to store and transport. Being a portable hoist means that active users can travel outside the confines of their homes with it, opening up opportunities for visiting friends and family or going away on holidays or day trips. Some other key features include:

  • Unique adjustable cow-horn to better support varying patient heights
  • Smart Monitor control box with lift cycle counter and service reminder
  • Numerous safety features, designed to protect both the patient and carer

Who can use it?

This type of stand aid is suitable for those with limited or reduced mobility but still have a degree of weight-bearing ability. The user cannot be entirely dependent on the lift to complete the movement as is the case with a passive style hoist. For this reason, the Oxford Journey is often used to support the rehabilitation and re-mobilisation of patients.

Oxford Presence – Heavy-duty Hoist

The Oxford Presence is a patient lift that supports the needs of most modern care environments. It boasts a maximum safe working load of 227kgs/35st and an extensive lifting range allowing it to cope with some of the most demanding of patient handling requirements.


The Oxford Presence heavy duty hoist has an interchangeable spreader bar to enable alternative use with a positioning cradle and clip slings versus loop style slings. It’s an incredibly versatile lift that seamlessly adapts to a patient’s individual needs. The lift meets the highest levels of safety, employing numerous safety mechanisms including a manual emergency lower, emergency stop and on-board controls. The lift’s actuator also has an anti-crush feature to avoid potential injury through inadvertent misuse.

  • Powered leg positioning for closer access around furniture
  • Smart Monitor diagnostic control box with lift counter and service reminder
  • Optional Class III rated digital weight scale for precision patient weight monitoring

Who can use it?

This lift is ideal for those needing assistance with the following tasks:

  • Bed to chair transfers
  • Floor to bed transfers
  • Bathing transfers
  • Walking and weight-bearing rehabilitation (With walking harness)
  • Horizontal (Stretcher) transfers

Oxford Mermaid – Fixed Bathing Hoist

The Oxford Mermaid bath-side hoist is another popular lifting solution we are proud to supply here at Joerns. The Mermaid is a floor fixed bathroom hoist, available in both mechanical (hydraulic) and electrically operated models. The hoist focuses on user comfort and safety which are pivotal aspects to consider, particularly during more vulnerable transfers such as getting in and out of the bath.


The Mermaid bath lift can be supplied as a fixed seat version, or alongside the Ranger Transporter system. The latter is a wheeled shower chair with a detachable seat. The Mermaid has both side or end fit installation options. Consequently, it can be easily adapted to suit each bathroom’s individual layout. Some other key features include:

  • Robust, tried and tested design
  • Emergency stop and raise buttons for user safety
  • Fixing options for both wooden and concrete floors
  • Lap strap for additional patient security and reassurance

Who can use it?

The Oxford Mermaid bath hoist is ideal for those who are less mobile but still looking to retain their independence when it comes to the personal nature of bathing. The lift can fully raise the patient up, out, and over the edge of a bath, as well as gently lowering them into the water. Therefore, ensuring safety and comfort at all times. The hoist is perfect for helping to restore and maintain independence.

Looking for hoist medical equipment?

If you’re looking for medical patient handling equipment such as a hoist or slings, then you can count on Joerns to deliver an excellent service from start to finish. To find out more about the lifts mentioned here, and other products that will help you create a safer care environment, head to our website today. Alternatively, call 0344 811 1158 to speak to a member of our helpful and friendly team.

If you have found this blog helpful, you may wish to read our previous blog: Choosing Joerns For Your Level 3 Moving & Handling Training.

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