Mobile hoists can be a great help for people with limited mobility. This is why you’ll find them in almost every care home or hospital and in more and more residential homes where an elder lives.
These mechanical devices can offer extra independence to people with limited mobility. In institutionalised care facility, they are helpful for both the patients and the staff members caring for them. Moving a limited mobility patient from one place to another is a challenging task that often requires more than one person. Furthermore, you can easily get injured (back injuries are very common in this line of work) when moving a patient.
This is why mobile hoists are becoming more and more popular. As their popularity increases, so does the number of options you have to choose from when shopping for a mobile hoist.
While there is no one-size-fits-all solution (every patient is unique and has unique needs), the good news is that there are a few rules of thumb to help you choose the right mobile hoist. But first, a quick primer.
What Are Mobile Hoists?
Mobile hoists are mechanical devices used to move a seated person from one place to another. You can use them to transfer a patient from a seat to another seat or to a bathtub, for instance. If you opt for a more advanced hoist, you can also use it to transfer someone to another room – you’ll find these hoists under the name of ceiling lifts.
Ceiling lifts are manually or electrically powered devices that (as the name suggests) are mounted on ceiling rails. The length and placement of the rails depends on the trajectory you need the lift to follow – from one room to another (for instance, from a bedroom to a bathroom) or within the same room.
If you don’t need the mobile hoist to work on bigger distances, you can opt for a wheeled hoist or a stationary one.
A stationary hoist is usually mounted on the floor or a wall. They have a fixed base and a mobile support arm that can pivot and transfer the user sideways. The support arm also has a sling that has to be placed around the user. You can do that for seated or lying patients and then use the sling to easily hoist them up.
A wheeled hoist is more mobile than a stationary one, but the functioning principle is the same. You have a mobile arm and a sling or a harness, but instead of the fixed base you have a wheeled one. This helps you cover larger distances and even move patients from one room to another.
How Do I Choose the Right Mobile Hoist?
Mobile hoists are a great investment for the user and the caregiver alike. In order to get the most out of your investment, take a look at the following factors before hitting the “buy” button:
You can easily buy excellent mobile hoists in the UK, no matter how complex the user’s needs are. But in order to make sure those needs are covered, we advise you consult with a professional. They can tell you what type of hoist you need and what extra options are worth the investment.