Tips for Choosing the Right Hoist for Your Needs
Hoists are lifting devices that are able to carry less-able person from one position to another without putting much strain on them or the carer. The following are tips to keep in mind when buying a hoist.
When purchasing a hoist, the first thing that you should consider is your unique needs and requirements. Hoists come in a variety of types depending on the position that the patient needs assistance with. Ceiling lifts are mostly used in hospitals and are used to raise the patient while the sit-stand-up-lift is designed to help patients who find it difficult getting up from a sitting position.
In order to help you select the right equipment for your needs, it is important to determine if there is enough space here you are planning to use it. This is especially important if you are purchasing household equipment as you want to ensure that it will fit in the available space. Similarly, you should take measurements of the corridors, room entrances and corners to help you know which equipment to get. If you require access in all areas of the house, then a ceiling track hoist would be appropriate. What’s more, there are those that are designed to be used outdoors on certain surfaces.
Before making any buying decisions, make sure that the hoists has all the features that will be helpful to you. One of the most important features is the availability of a control switch which you can use to stop the hoist during an emergency. Look for hoists that have a manual override to safely move patients when there is no power. Healthcare providers may want a hoist that comes with a scale so they can easily weigh the patients during the transferring process. Also, look out for several specialized slings such as stretcher sling, full body sling, padded sling, and mesh bathing sling to suit your unique needs.
Things such as your weight, body and core strength, height ad stability should be considered before choosing the right equipment for your needs. If you have increased core strength and stability, you can choose strap slings. If you have excess weight, check to see if the slings and equipment are designed to accommodate you. You will also need to consider your height and make certain that the hoist has adequate knee and leg space and the slings are long enough to hold you.
Determine how much it will cost to purchase the hoist while keeping your budgetary needs in mind. It is advisable to purchase from stores that offer warranty, free delivery and sales support. Ask to test and try any hoist equipment before you buy. Your caregiver can as well offer you with advice on the best equipment depending on your needs and requirements.