Before choosing a hoist you should complete a full risk assessment and consider various possible options to ensure you reach the correct solution.
There are numerous issues to take into account when assessing – here is a hoist FAQ:
• Activities – is the hoist needed for one particular task / transfer or several e.g. in and out of bed, on and off a chair?
Is it for one transfer in a specific area or is flexibility important so that transfers can take place anywhere in a room?
• Frequency – is the hoist for emergency use only, e.g. lifting from the floor after a fall, or is it for daily use?
The Home Environment
• Space – is there enough space to manoeuvre the hoist and user safely and easily?
• Furniture – will a mobile hoist base go around or under furniture?
• Floor surfaces – are these suitable to move a mobile hoist across?
If these factors cause repeated difficulties, consider an overhead hoist that runs on a straight or curved ceiling-fixed track.
The Hoist User
• Type of disability – what is the person’s diagnosis and prognosis? Is their condition stable or likely to fluctuate or deteriorate?
• Size – check that the hoist and sling is suitable for the user’s size and weight.
• Confidence – is the carer confident in the use of specialist equipment such as hoists?
• Physical strength – consider the size and strength of the carer. It requires quite a lot of effort to turn and move a mobile hoist
If the person needs to be carried over a distance, it is advisable to use an overhead track hoist or specifically designed wheeled equipment (e.g. wheelchairs or sanitary chairs).
General hoist assessment information kindly provided by Matthew Box of Inclusion.Me.