Hoist FAQ

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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:

The Tasks

• 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.

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