7 Key Benefits of installing a Ceiling Hoist
There are many benefits to installing a ceiling hoist into your care facility. Here are some highlights to some of the key benefits:
1. Ease of Use and ‘Single-Handed Care’
Ceiling track hoists are a great fit for care facilities as they are easy to use. Ceiling hoists are installed overhead and operate on a remote, button and tracking system for movement. This system makes the equipment easier to manoeuver and offers a smoother transition of movement during care.
Unlike a mobile hoist, ceiling hoists also provide the added benefit of ‘single-handed care’ as it does not always require two carers to operate safely. Please note that a risk assessment should be carried out to determine if ‘single-handed care’ is suitable for individual service users.
The permanent installation of a ceiling hoist means that they are always available and ready to use for the care staff and service user. Care staff can often find that the waiting times for a mobile hoist to become available, can make it longer to deliver the care needed. Having a permanent solution resolves this issue.
2. Enhanced safety
Installing an overhead ceiling hoist enhances the safety measures for both the service user and the carer. Unlike a ceiling hoist, a mobile hoist requires two carers, one to focus on the service user, and one to manage the hoist itself. Again, with a ceiling hoist, the equipment can be managed by one carer safely. This ease of use minimises the potential for common manual operation injury for both the carer and service user.
3. Infection Control
Having a ceiling hoist in your care facility also helps to reduce the chances of cross-contamination. As the hoist is a permanent feature of the space or room, and it is typically used for one service user, the risk of passing an infection from one service user to another (via a mobile hoist), is eliminated.
4. Flexibility to Suit Your Needs
The installation of an overhead ceiling hoist system is completely customisable to your care facility and your service user’s needs. The catered and bespoke level of care a ceiling hoist provides, adds great value to your facility and to the level of care you can provide to your service user.
5. No Floor Space Required
As an overhead hoist is installed at a high level, they do not take up any floor space within the room.
The freedom of mobility with the space and environment of the service user is very important in keeping them comfortable and serving them well. Also, with a ceiling hoist, the potential damages to the room and furniture by a mobile hoist during a transfer is eliminated.
6. Whole Life Cost Investment
Installing a ceiling hoist is a good way to invest in hoisting equipment and save on overall costs. With ‘single-handed care’ enabled, you can save on care staff costs. With its ease of use, you can help to prevent work-related harm to staff, like back injuries, which helps to relieve time taken off and remunerations paid.
As a ceiling hoist’s life-span is up to ten years and the service and maintanence can be lighter due to its simplicity of use, along with the fact that they generally suffer less damage than a mobile hoists as they are installed at high level, this can help to reduce your call-out, repair and servicing costs.
Having a ceiling hoist installed and available for your service user will also add direct value to your care home’s accommodations.
7. Preserves Service User Dignity
Ceiling hoists provide a great number of benefits for both your care facility and your service users. Through its ease of use and smooth level of movement, a ceiling hoist most importantly helps to preserve the dignity of your service user. The service user can have their hoisting needs met with simplicity, comfort and safety.