Is a Portable Hoist the Best Option for Me?If you have a disability then a hoist could be a useful addition to your household. Hoists can be fixed or portable and you may find that one type is a better fit for you than the other. Before deciding on a mobile hoist consider the pros and cons and any other options there may be. In most cases, your social worker or medical professional will carry out a manual handling assessment to ascertain which type of hoist is right for you, but it’s not always possible to find the correct equipment for every situation.
- Activities – do you need the hoist for a particular task such as getting into and out of the bath, or do you need it for lots of activities like getting on and off chairs, in and out of bed and onto and off the toilet. There are also hoists to help getting in and out of your car.
- Use – will the hoist you choose be used independently? You can only use overhead hoists independently and portable hoists must be used with the help of a carer.
- Frequency – how often will you need to use the hoist? Will it just before emergencies or will it be used several times a day?
- Space – do you have enough space to comfortably accommodate and manoeuvre the hoist you’re considering? This should be particularly carefully considered in toilets and bathrooms.
- Furniture – will the hoist you choose go under and around items like chair sand beds? Will the person using the hoist be able to be lifted clear of surfaces? For example, pressure mattresses can make beds too high to be used comfortably with some types of hoist.
- Floors - Floor surfaces like thick carpets can make it difficult to move hoists around and door thresholds can also make it harder to get hoists from room to room.
- Storage – do you have enough space to safely store your hoist when it’s not in use? Some hoists can be folded or dismantled so they can be stored more easily.
- Charging – do you have a socket within the area where your hoist is stored where it can be charged?