Ceiling track hoists are one of the easiest and safest systems to safely transfer patients from a bed to a chair, to the bathroom or into a wheelchair. Patient Slings and ceiling track hoists reduce the risk of injury, increase comfort to the users and help facilitate single-handed care.

Track hoists can be fitted on to the following:

  • Fitted on to the ceiling

  • From walls using direct into brackets

  • Floor-to-ceiling support legs

  • Supported on free-standing gantry frames

Suitable for application in hospices, special schools, hospitals and care homes, Medaco offers a range of ceiling track hoists, gantry hoists and mobile hoist options in different sizes to best fit the environment whilst meeting the needs of the user and carer.

What ceiling track options are available?

Some of the options for ceiling track hoists include straight tracks, curved tracks, H system (X-Y system) full room coverage tracks, room to room tracks, turntables and switch tracks. This wide range of ceiling track hoist options enables all manner of care tasks to be achieved in the most efficient way possible.

Straight Tracks

Ideal for general transfers and can be used in combination with other tracks to achieve the required client specification.

There are 3 track types available for the Straight Track; Standard Track, Inline Charging Track and Recessed Track.

Curved Track

This system is a cost-effective alternative to redirecting a track configuration and can be added in place of a turntable in some circumstances.

There are 3 curve angle tracks available, allowing for more flexibility when tailoring a track to fit a client’s demands. These track angles are 22.5 degrees, 45 degrees and 90 degrees.

H Frame (X-Y system)

The H Frame is perfect for full room access and can aid in a number of single room transfers. For example, in the bath/shower room, there could be many transfer points – wheelchair/shower chair /toilet/bath/ shower or changing facility.

Room to Room Tracks

When considering using ceiling hoist systems for multiple rooms, links can be provided to join one system to the next, either using the room-to-room option, or a continuous track from one room to the next. This can either be X-Y to X-Y, or X-Y to a single Straight Track, providing easy transfer from room to room, or situation to situation.


Turntables are an alternative option when fixed transfer points are required. They are available in a wide range of rotation angles (90 degrees as standard) with three or four entry and exit points. Turntable rotation is operated manually or electronically.

How Long do Ceiling Track Hoists Take to Install?

Ceiling track hoists can be installed in a matter of hours and with very little disruption. In the majority of cases, no structural alterations will be required. There are many fixing types available to enable safe installation in properties with sloping ceilings, suspended ceilings, composite joists and stud walls. Where no solid structure is present, gantry frames can be used as a means of support. There are only a very few scenarios where tracks cannot be fitted.

There are a large selection of hoist options available with varying specifications and safe working loads. Both manual and powered traverse options can be provided depending on individual requirements. Portable hoist units are also available that can be easily moved from track to track.

How Do I Get a Quotation?

Quotations for ceiling track hoists can be obtained either by surveying the property or from plans. Your documents can be forwarded to us; including detailed planning information and drawings for architects.

Our surveys and quotations are free of charge and are undertaken by our experienced surveyors. Contact us today to discuss your requirements.

Last thoughts and Key Learning

This is where experience matters. Over 30 years, we’ve installed thousands of overhead hoists and each and every one is bespoke. You can be confident we will specify the right solution, whether it’s a single track system in a care home or a large, multi-room new-build project. Contact us here.

What should I consider when choosing a hoist?

Type of transfer – what other care equipment is involved? Is a multi-room layout required?

  • User – what is the weight, size and mobility of the user?

  • Environment – is the hoist for a single- or multi-user usage?

  • Installation and property type – will the hoist be fixed to the wall or ceiling? What ceiling height is required?

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