Choosing The Right Hoist

choosing the right hoist

There are many different options when it comes to choosing the right patient hoist, and although it can be daunting we’re here to make the process much easier.

Mobile Electric Patient hoists are most commonly found in care homes, residential care environments and hospitals. But nowadays they are commonly used to maintain the independence and mobility of users at home cared for by carers or family members. They are designed to provide safe and suitable transfer systems for those with restricted mobility or even totally immobile users. The right hoist will be dependent on the requirements and needs of the user and staff or love ones caring for the user.

To get started, familiarise yourself with the different types of hoists and stand aid hoists that are available;

Stand Aid Hoists

These type of hoists are typically electric with rechargeable batteries and are used for standing and seated transfers. It’s a flexible and effective hoist type that helps assist users who are not fully mobile but can weight bear, and therefore require some assistance. It helps the user by providing powered assistance to stand up on their own, with the right support needed and then transfer into bed or another chair or to the toilet. These are ideal for the elderly, disabled and recovery patients.

Mobile Hoists

Mobile hoists have become exceptionally popular in recent years, especially in care homes and hospitals due to their practicality. They are designed to be lightweight and provide efficient lifting and transfer for the immobile person who cannot manage with a stand aid hoist but requires lifting completely from a bed to a chair or toilet. They are suitable for users who have lower levels of mobility and require lifting and support to get from one place to another safely and securely. There secondary function is to prevent back injuries to carers or love ones whilst carrying out moving and handling procedures.

Bath Hoists

Bath hoists are essential for safe mobility entering and getting out of the bath. They come in a range of styles and types the most sophisticated having rechargeable batteries that power the bath lift effortlessly up and down to help the client exit the bath. These type of hoists are specifically designed to provide a secure alternative rather than manual or electric floor mounted bath hoists that require a permanent mounting to the floor with the associated building works.

Bariatric Hoists

Bariatric hoists are designed to meet the needs of plus size patients and offer the same basic features.

What You Need To Consider

Weight & Size of the Patient – the weight and size of a patient will provide you with the details you need to know when it comes to determining the specification of a hoist and accessories that will be required.
Weight & Size of the Hoist – this is important when it comes to available space and how often the hoist will be used. There are many lightweight options available to avoid heavy equipment.
Cognitive Needs – Can the patient clearly communicate their needs? How are they mentally?
Physical Needs – How mobile are they? Can they bear some weight? Can they not bear any weight?
Space – Assess the space which the hoist will be in. There are folding hoists available to store away which maximises space, but if the hoist is required most of the time, it needs to be stationery with plenty of space.

Overhead Hoists

Overhead hoists are known to be an easier alternative when it comes to transporting users as they provide increased movement. The ceiling track hoist feature is installed in various care homes and residential homes for increased flexibility and versatility. This type of hoist is ideal for environments where they lack space. But often now fitted to the ceiling in patients homes it provides a hidden unobtrusive lifting product that when not in use that provides a very quick and easy lifting solution often from one room to another.

Our Recommendations

All of the recommendations below are designed to meet all types of patients and their requirements. The recommendations include folding hoists for flexibility, larger hoists for bariatric patients and plenty more. Please see below to see which would best suit you or your patient.
Limited mobility hoistInvacare Reliant RPS 350 Stand Aid Hoist
No mobility hoistOxford Midi 180 Electric Mobile Hoist
Space saving hoistInvacare Birdie Evo Compact Hoist
Budget hoist - Powerlifter Midi Mobile Hoist
Bariatric hoist- Hermes 250kg Bariatric Hoist
Ceiling track hoist- Inavacre Robin Overhead Hoist

Tips for Patient Hoists

- Ensure the hoist is always positioned in a safe space, on an even floor. You do not want objects in the way that could cause risk or harm
- When purchasing a sling for the hoist, make sure it is compatible with the user and the hoist itself. If the wrong sling is used, you could cause potential harm to yourself and the patient
- Seek advice before you buy – give us a call and get in touch to discuss you specific requirements
- Slings are required for patient hoists, so it’s important that you take into consideration the points we’ve raised above in order to purchase the correct one for a patient. Here at Shelden Healthcare we provide a tailored service so you can shop with confidence. If you need further information regarding any of the products or information throughout this article, we’re only a call away.

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