In recent years hoists have become an integral part of delivering health and social care services. Essentially, a hoist provides mechanical means by which a less able person can be moved or transferred from one place or position to another.
You’ll most likely need a hoist when the act of moving someone puts a little bit too much strain on the carer and there is a distinct risk of harm. The purpose of using the hoist is the reduce the risk of injury involved for the individual and the carer. Read on to discover more about what makes patient hoists so vital.
A hoist is a strong metal frame that can come as static (fixed to the ground) or mobile. It features a lifting mechanism operated manually, or can be powered by electricity. From the frame or lifting arm, a sling is suspended (on a spread bar) or a chair to support and carry a person as they are moved from one space to another. A manual lift may use a winding mechanism or a hand pump which is operated by a hydraulic cylinder to raise or lower the service user. Hydraulics will make the lifting smoother and simpler. Whereas, electric hoists have a power battery which will need charging.
An electric hoist will need to be positioned close to a plug socket if you wish to charge the pack in situ, or the power pack can be removed from the hoist and plugged in elsewhere to charge. A hoist can be classified as active or passive, the former indicates that the individual can bear some of their own weight and has some stability, a passive hoist provides full support to lift a person and requires no active participation from them.
These types of hoists tend to be installed for one particular purpose. An example of this could be, getting in and out of bed, and, entering and exiting a swimming pool. The metal frame will be securely fixed, usually with a seat that’ll pivot from the frame and can be raised or lowered. The hoisting mechanism may be manual or electronically powered but will be controlled with a remote handset.
This type of hoist is usually static. The hoist will lift a rigid plastic bath chair with simple armrests/bars that will raise and lower on each side. On certain models, the seat can be detachable from the hoist and will fit onto a mobile chassis frame once out of the bath, allowing the person to be wheeled from the bathroom for added convenience. The hoisting mechanism may come as manual or electronically powered and controlled with a remote handset.
Poolside lifts again can be static or mobile. They have a wider selection of movement to lift the user into the pool. Most varieties use a rigid plastic chair, hoists or specialist support systems to lift the individual. Mobile poolside lifts use a weighted base to counterbalance the individual as they are hoisted into the pool.
Euro Lifts is your one-stop solution for patient hoists in the South West. Safety is paramount and whether based at a hospital, care home or some other patient facility, you want only the best equipment for your patients. At Euro Lifts Limited, we’re considered an authority in the South West England on vertical lifting technologies, including patient hoists. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to find out more.