A mobile hoist is used when people have mobility restrictions and are not able to move independently. Perhaps your carer is unable to lift you into a chair. This can be a difficult and tricky situation for some. Thanks to the mobility hoist, these problems are solved by aiding in the movement of the patient and making life easier for the carer.
What is a hoist?
A hoist is a device that consists of a static or a mobile frame. The frame is composed of a lifting mechanism powered by a battery, which reduces the need of lifting a person manually. It can be used to lift people, help them to stand, move and transfer them in and out of bed, bath or chair. There are two available hoists on the current market, the mobile and the overhead hoist. They are designed to meet different needs and fit into specific space outlines.
What is a mobile hoist?
This is the most common type of hoist. It is designed for everyday use and is lightweight. This means it is easy to manoeuver and unlike overhead hoists, it doesn’t require a track or rail.
Although, they can be used in different situations and potentially in every room of the house. They are even ideal and can be used to lift a person in and out of a vehicle. This type of hoist can offer multiple types of positioning, enabling the user to be put into the optimal position. As mobile hoists are battery-powered, the carer should always check the battery indicator and/or recharge the batteries to prevent failures in the system.
Advantages of a mobile hoist:
- Can be moved from room to room
- Safe for the carer and patient
- Can be used for lifting patients from/to chair, bath, bed, armchair, shower chair, etc
- Safe working load of 160-250kg
- Transportable: if you go on holiday, you can take it with you
- No installation required
Disadvantages of a mobile hoist:
- Storage space is required
- If people forget to charge it, the battery loses charge
- It takes floor space
- In most cases, it requires two carers to be utilised
- In some house environments, it can be difficult to be relocated due to narrow doorways, tight turns or small rooms.
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