Mobility and freedom have always been a problem for disabled people. The need to feel themselves standing on their feet is something they crave. Seniors usually find difficulty in standing up and moving from one place to another. Hand bars installed in the house are all well and good for support but what’s the use if they cannot get up from bed in the first place. This is why it is important to seek alternative equipment that provides the patient, as well as the caregiver with some help.
Canes and walkers are only for providing support while walking. They are great for seniors to move around and keep their joints loose and muscles working. However, one equipment that offers them a certain sense of freedom is a ceiling hoist. Caregivers and patients are able to coordinate with each other and seniors, who are partially limited due to their disability, can use the hoist on their own. There are different types of ceiling hoist such as a lone standing hoist, standing hoist, seated hoist, track hoist, mobile hoist, etc.
Following are the benefits of a home installed ceiling hoist:
One of the best things about a ceiling hoist is that it’s easy to use and pretty quick. A senior is less likely to trip and fall while using the ceiling hoist as compared to using a walker. The mechanism is pretty easy and depending on the severity of the patient’s disability, a seat or straps can be attached to it. The hoist easily lifts the patient and allows him or her to flex his muscles.
The risks associated with injuries are much less when a ceiling hoist is installed in the house. Caregivers don’t have to struggle with the patient’s weight while moving them. The hoist can be easily operated by one caregiver and transferring the patient from a bed to the shower seat can be done without any difficulty.
In places where space is limited and the patient cannot be rolled into the room on a wheelchair, a ceiling hoist comes quite in handy. The track can be extended in areas where the patient wants to spend some private time.
Since ceiling hoists are attached to a track, which is bolted to the ceiling and floor, it is highly secure. There are no jerky movements during the transfer and the patient and caregiver can interact on the same level.
5. Time Efficient
The time it takes to manually lift a patient and then transfer them to a chair is much more than transportation using the ceiling hoist. The process is not at all taxing and caregivers are able to do all tasks following a timeline.
Patients and elderly people with disabilities stand to get the most out of this ceiling hoist. They can maintain a sense of freedom, if they learn how to operate the hoist on their own. Depending on your house structure, you can get the track installed everywhere in the house.