How Mobility Equipment Makes Your Life Relatively Easier
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A patient hoist, also known as a mobile hoist, is a portable mechanical lifting device that is used to lift and move someone from one place to another in the hospital or at home. Be it into a bed, from one room to another, up the stairs, onto a commode, or out of a chair, the hoist allows disabled people more mobility and more independence in the comfort of their own homes.
Therapists often provide therapy for less abled clients, be it due to illness, injury, or disability that prevents them from moving themselves on their own. Depending upon the patient's environment, needs, and abilities, therapists advise hoisting equipment (1). The sling is used to lift the patient from a lying or sitting position, move to where they need to be, and then lower back into a sitting or lying position. Particular hoists even carry patients and perform various lifting maneuvers. They offer versatility and help people out in different situations.
Hoists are mainly used for health and social care reasons. In healthcare settings, hoists are extremely useful as they allow medical personnel to move patients without causing patients much pain or discomfort. They make moving patients around the hospital more manageable and can also help lift equipment. In social settings, mobile hoists can be found at schools, hospice and care homes, public toilets, and patients' own homes to assist carers and patients.
There are mainly two varieties of mobile hoists (2):
- Manual Hoists: these have considerable advantages over powered hoists as they are reliable, low priced, and easily transportable (3). However, they undergo wear and tear from constant use, and some can be tricky to use.
- Powered Hoists: they come with a more expensive price tag than the other variety and need an energy source for their operation.
Even though hoists are easy to use, to avoid injuries, the carer and patient must seek advice and undergo patient safety training. Suitable training must be done to ensure that the patient is completely safe when using the device.
We at careliftservices.co.uk provide plenty of different mobility products, such as
- Ceiling hoists
- Mobile hoists
- Bath lifts
- Step lifts
Because of the different varieties available and as mobile hoists are meant to reduce the risk of potential injury, not increase the said risk, it is better to take the opinion from a professional to see which hoist might work best in your scenario (4). One needs to consider the available space to ensure patient safety.
CareLift Services Limited offers a large variety of services that include short and long-term hoist hire – a cost-effective mode to meet your manual handling needs. We provide a same-day response for any equipment which is broken down and out of use, thus ensuring that you are without your lift for a minimal time. With the help of our services, you no longer need to stay confined to your home. Gain your independence with easy access to the equipment you need to ensure safe transfer and enjoy living once again.
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