What Type Of Hoist Do I Need?

Hoists may be used with people who have limited mobility while also helping to support any carer(s) in reducing the risk of injuries due to patient moving and handling.

Prior to using a hoist, it is recommended to have an assessment completed by a relevant professional – this may include an interaction with a variety of parties including an occupational therapist, physiotherapist, nursing, carer, family members and the person themselves.

Types of hoists.

Prescribing a hoist depends on a number of factors, including the client/patients mobility level, the environment layout and the needs/requirements of the carer. Some of the main hoists available on the Irish marketplace include the following.

  1. Ceiling hoists

Ceiling hoists run along fixes tracks along the ceiling. These have less flexibility than other hoists. However, these are seen to be less impactful on the carer involved, while also being more appropriate for longer distances – once set up in the room/area. Ceiling hoists have some additional considerations when purchasing including

  • The structural integrity of the ceiling
  • What areas in the room is the hoist required in.
  • Costs – ceiling track hoists
  • Recyclability – when considering any piece of equipment, being aware of its recyclability may be part of your consideration. Generally, ceiling track hoists are used in one specific room/area in the house. Due to this ceiling tracks are usually not recycled once It is no longer in use
  1. Portable hoists

Portable hoists come in a few different options. Sometimes referred to as gantry hoists, these hoists allow for use in rooms where there is limited floor space and is a less arduous set up process when compared to a ceiling track hoist.

The Bedhead hoist is one type of portable hoist which allows for easy set-up, demonstration, and use. Besides requiring limited floor space, another benefit it the recyclability of the product – which can also be folded up and wheeled away on a base. The bedhead hoist can be demonstrated in a person’s house if this is required.

  1. Mobile hoists.

These offer the most flexibility in the range of hoists. It allows for use in multiple rooms, however, is usually only suitable over small distances. The main considerations with a mobile hoist are.

  • Floor space for it use when needed.
  • Manoeuvring around furniture and fitting in around chairs, toilets, showers, beds etc. for ease of use.
  • Floor material – smooth floors allow for easier manoeuvrability.
  • Storage – when not in use

For more information on the type of hoist which is most suitable for you, or the person you care for, contact your local occupational therapist.