Hoists provide a way to transfer somebody with limited mobility but what are the advantages and disadvantages of ceiling track hoists vs mobile hoist?
Both ceiling track hoists and mobile hoists are composed of a lifting mechanism, powered by battery which reduces the unnecessary strain on the carer or the person being moved. The requirement to hoist someone arises when the person needing assistance can offer little or no help in the transfer.
Hoists have developed over years from when the first patient mobile hoist was developed in 1955. With so many options out there on the market today, how do you choose which one is suitable?
When choosing the right hoist, you need to consider what manoeuvres (transfers) are being performed, who is performing the task, how heavy the person is (who is being lifted), what physical abilities they have and how much space there is to work with (both floor space and height needed to perform the lift). Always consult a specialist, such as Medaco, to understand which option is best for your needs. You can also consult an occupational health therapist who will be able to help assess the needs of the user and perform the necessary risk assessment.
Mobile hoists are usually offered to the user in the first instance because they are easy to source, don’t require installation and are able to be put into use quickly. However, Ceiling hoists are becoming more popular due to their ability to give back floor space and enable easier transfers in some situations.
Below we explore the differences, advantages, and disadvantages of ceiling track hoists vs mobile hoists.