Hoists offer a mechanical means by which a less able person can move or be transferred from one place or position to another. This could be in and out of a bed, across a room or into a car.
You may require a hoist when the act of moving puts too much strain on your carer, or on yourself, and there is a risk of harm. If you are exploring hoist as a way to live more comfortably, it’s important to understand the benefits and uses of each one.
Ceiling track hoists ensure a safe and quick way of transfer. They run along permanently fixed tracks or rails so they do not occupy floor space the way a mobile hoist does. Users may operate ceiling-mounted hoist systems independently, which is often not possible with floor-standing systems. These are designed and installed by our very own team of specialists.
These are suitable for use in various care settings, including hospitals, care homes, and private residences. You can install them in multiple rooms or areas to provide comprehensive coverage throughout a property.
A gantry rail hoist (aka overhead hoist) is a more portable alternative to a ceiling track hoist. They work by supporting the track from a free-standing frame rather than attaching it to the ceiling. This allows for easy installation and removal, making them perfect for use in temporary or multiple locations.
Settings such as physiotherapy clinics or schools often use these when a more versatile transfer system is needed. They can also be used at home when travelling or visiting friends and family. These hoists can come with different span widths from 2-5 meters, and our team of specialists can ensure matching the right hoist solution to your particular needs.
Mobile hoists are the most common and can be used in a variety of complex or basic situations, for example, in the house or for getting in and out of a car. BAs self-contained units, mobile hoists don’t require any track installation, offering maximum flexibility at an affordable price point. What’s more, these hoists are easily transportable, making them ideal for day trips and holidays.
We design our range of mobile hoists with the user’s comfort, safety, and convenience in mind. We provide a variety of models to choose from depending on your building and specific needs, such as lifting capacity and manoeuvrability. Our team can also provide training and guidance on how to use these hoists correctly and safely.
We’ve successfully designed and delivered hoists to hundreds of users, carers and medical professionals across the country. Find the most common questions from our customers below:
What Are Hoists Used For?
People primarily use hoists to assist those with limited mobility, such as the elderly or disabled, in moving from one position or location to another. This could include transitions such as from a wheelchair to a bed, from a seated position to a standing one, or from a bed to a car. Designers create them to make these movements safer and more comfortable, both for the individual and for caregivers. Furthermore, hoists can help reduce the risk of injuries associated with manual lifting and handling.
How Do Hoists Work?
Hoists operate on simple mechanical principles to lighten the load of lifting. They make use of a sling that goes around the person, and then a motor lifts the sling up, effectively raising the person.
The mechanical advantage depends on the type of hoist being used. Ceiling and gantry hoists run along tracks, smoothly moving the person across a room. Mobile hoists utilise a hydraulic system or an electronic motor to lift and lower the person; they can be manually moved around on their included castors (wheels).
The controls are easy to install and operate and often come with a handheld remote, giving users or carers the ability to control the hoist’s movement.
Which Type of Hoist Is Right for Me?
The type of hoist that will be suitable for you largely depends on your mobility requirements, the frequency of use, and the environment you’ll be using the hoist in. A single rail or ceiling hoist may be the best option if you require frequent transfers, while a gantry hoist might be more suitable for less frequent use or temporary setups.
Mobile hoists, on the other hand, are incredibly versatile and ideal for situations that require a portable solution. We recommend that you consult with a healthcare professional or a mobility equipment specialist to help you determine the best hoist to suit your particular needs.
Who Are Hoists Designed For?
Hoists are designed for individuals who have mobility limitations due to illness, injury, or disability. They are particularly beneficial for those who find it difficult or impossible to move independently. Hoists can also be an essential aid for caregivers, reducing the physical strain and risk of injury when assisting with transfers.
Care homes, hospitals, and rehabilitation centres often use them for support and to ensure the safe and comfortable movement of residents or patients. Finally, hoists can also be utilised by people recovering from surgery or those undergoing physiotherapy, as they can aid in gentle and controlled movement during the recovery and rehabilitation process.
How Safe Are Hoists?
Hoists are typically designed with a variety of safety features to ensure the secure handling of users. These include emergency stop controls, manual lowering systems, and safety harnesses. In addition, most hoists have a built-in overload protection feature to prevent overhead hoists from lifting beyond their maximum weight capacity.
To ensure safety, it is crucial that hoists are used correctly and maintained regularly. Before using a hoist, the user or carer should receive appropriate training – the EA Mobility team can provide this. Regular inspections and servicing by a qualified professional will also help to keep the hoist in safe working condition.
How Much Do Hoists Cost?
The cost of hoists can vary significantly depending on their type, features, and brand. Generally, mobile hoists are the most affordable, with prices starting from around £500 for basic models. Gantry hoists are a bit more expensive due to their larger size and portability features, with prices typically starting from about £1000. Ceiling track hoists are usually the most expensive, with prices starting from around £2000, due to the addition of installation costs and customisation of the track system.
Remember, it’s vital to consider the long-term value, quality, and safety features when choosing a hoist, not just the initial purchase price. Our team at EA Mobility are always on hand to provide advice and assistance to help you select the best hoist within your budget.
Ideal for individuals with limited mobility and those who require wheelchair access.