Hoists and Slings
Mobility hoists aid individuals who have difficulty
transferring to and from a bed, chair, toilet, bathtub or floor.
These lifts feature a sling and are available in manual or powered
Manual hoists are the least expensive, easy to maintain, and are
always ready to lift, but are best used only occasionally or in
Electric models are easy to operate and the best choice when
frequent lifting is necessary, but cost considerably more than
manual models and use a battery that must be kept charged. To
support larger amounts of weight (600 to 1,000 pounds), electric
hoists are also available in heavy duty and bariatric versions.
When you are selecting a model, make sure the sling is large
enough to carry the individual when they are lifted, and is padded
to ensure the individual is comfortable and safe. Be certain to
inspect your hoist regularly and service as needed.
Keep in mind that hoists are strictly intended to serve to
transfer individuals. They are not intended to aid in
Hoists should only be operated by trained carers and staff.
There are a variety of Mobile and Ceiling Track Hoists
For further information on hoists and slings please
Tel: 01872 324340
On the market there are suitable bathing hoists for use in swimming
pools, therapy pools, quay side locations and baths. They can come
either in electric or hydraulic form and allow bathing to be safe
Mobile hoists can be used in institutional, nursing and domestic
environments and come in a range of different sizes and lifting
capabilities depending on the need. Mobile hoists come in both
hydraulic and electric form and are compact for storage and easy
Overhead lifts solve the problems that traditional floor-based
lifts have presented, such as difficulties manoeuvring over thick
carpeting, turning in tight spots and the need for two people to
safely operate them.
Stand aid Transfer Hoists
Stand aids are a truly revolutionary method of raising and
transferring patients that still have an element of weight bearing
capacity. The real benefits of this solution are the participation
of the patient, and the speed in which transfers can be made. The
Stand aid is an excellent alternative to passive lifting.
When selecting slings, it is important to be mindful of the
person/s that will be fitting the sling and using the lift.
Consider their abilities and limitations, especially experience and
A sling is an item of moving and handling equipment, which is
used with a mechanical lift in order to facilitate the transfer of
a patient. A sling comprises a specially designed and constructed
piece of fabric, which is placed under and around a patient before
being attached to the spreader bar/cradle of a lift to raise,
transfer and lower the patient.
It is necessary to establish the slings compatibility with other
equipment, especially the lift and lifting system. It is also
important to identify any associated equipment that is involved in
transfers, such as seating, beds, trolleys, toilets, and play or
therapy equipment, to ascertain that the lift and sling will work
effectively with these items.
Sling choice should be assessed by an Occupational Therapist or
other trained professional carer/Nurse.
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