All types of hoists help to transfer people from one place to another when they no longer have the required mobility to stand and move safely, otherwise. They are designed to help facilitate lifting and transfer activity by reducing the effort required on behalf of both the carer and patient. When it comes to selecting the right hoist, there are many types to choose from – all of which have different benefits depending on the user, their circumstances and requirements and of course, the environment. There is some debate over whether an overhead ceiling track hoist is more favourable when compared to a mobile/floor hoist. Here at Joerns, as a leading provider of patient handling and rehabilitation products, we have the vast experience and expertise to be able to support you in making the correct decision and investment.
Mobile hoists (sometimes known as floor hoists or mobile patient lifts), lift and transfer patients who do not have the necessary mobility to move from one place to another without significant intervention. Lifting patients (or loved ones) can often be a physical strain for the caregiver, risking personal injury. This is especially the case when they are lifting people out of chairs, the bed, or off the floor. In these situations, a mobile hoist might be a practical solution. Mobile hoists are transportable lifting devices that have been specially designed for use in the care environment, and of course, with patient needs in mind. At Joerns Healthcare, our leading range of Oxford mobile hoists prioritise comfort, ease-of-use and of course, safety. We offer solutions that meet most needs, from compact and portable lifts to heavy-duty and bariatric models.
Advantages of a Mobile Hoist:
- Can be quickly moved to other rooms when needed
- Versatile – can be used for most lifting tasks, in many environments
- Portable/folding models can be taken away on holiday or to different locations
- No installation or structural room alterations required
- Often a more cost-effective solution, especially for shorter-term needs
Disadvantages of a Mobile Hoist:
- Takes up valuable floor and storage space
- Can be cumbersome to move through tight corners, narrow doorways and on thick pile carpets
- Often requires two caregivers depending on the task in hand
- Still requires physical exertion on behalf of the caregiver during transfer
- Relatively imposing versus an overhead lift which can sometimes be unsettling for the patient
Ceiling hoists can offer more independence to users than mobile types of hoists. This is largely due to the fact they can be operated with less intervention from caregivers; especially true of models that incorporate a powered traverse function. Our range incorporates both fixed and portable motor options which run on a ceiling-mounted track or free-standing gantry system. The Oxford range of ceiling lifts incorporates many different features, some of which include continuous charge, fixed, portable and semi-permanent designs, dual controls, service reminders, data capture, diagnostics and safety features. Our ceiling lifts can ease manual handling demands and help maximise floor space compared to more traditional, mobile designs.
Overhead Hoist advantages:
- Requires no floor space and can be stored in the corner of a room
- Simple to use and less imposing for the patient
- Easier to position a person with
- Enables single-handed care
- More extensive lift range compared to mobile hoists
- Can provide access to otherwise hard to reach areas (e.g. over swimming pools)
Overhead Hoist disadvantages:
- Not mobile and therefore limited to one room unless more complicated installation needs are met
- Building and structural limitations may compromise the scope of installations
- A permanent fixture once it has been installed
- More expensive and time-consuming to procure compared to a mobile hoist
Choosing the right type of hoist
As seen above, both types of hoist boast a variety of features that are adaptable to the needs of many different users and caregivers. Regardless of which type of hoist you choose, it is important that all hoists are used safely and correctly and are selected based on the needs of the person who will be using them. A dynamic risk assessment is essential to mitigate any risks. No one should ever be left unattended in a sling/hoist and the carer should always ensure that their patient is comfortable and safe. If you are looking for more information about our mobile hoist and ceiling hoist products, then head to our website today. Alternatively, you can call us and speak to a member of our helpful and friendly team.