Nowadays, there are many models of hoists available whose main aim is to transfer patients or individuals from one place/position to another safely in order to reduce the risk of injury. The following are tips to keep in mind when buying a hoist.
When considering buying a hoist, it is advisable to access your individual needs or that of the facility. Hoists come in a variety of types depending on the position that the patient needs assistance with. If they need assistance moving from a sitting position to a standing position, then a sit-to-stand lift would be appropriate and if they require assistance moving from a lying to sitting position, then the ceiling lift is suitable.
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. For instance, if you are looking to purchase the bathroom hoist, know how much space you have as this will determine the choice of your product. Make sure you check the necessary areas where it will be accessed including hallways, corners and room entrances. Most ceiling hoists are linear and curved allowing them to access almost all the areas of the house. What’s more, there are those that are designed to be used outdoors on certain surfaces.
Features available is another important consideration when buying your hoist. It is vital for any electronic lift to have a shut-off control switch which is helpful in cases of emergencies. 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.
In order to guide your choice of hoist, keep in mind your weight, height, stability and body strength. For instance, strap sling are a good choice if you have great body stability and core strength. If you have excess weight, check to see if the slings and equipment are designed to accommodate you. Also, ensure that the model of hoist is appropriate for your height including longer slings if you are tall.
Find out how much the hoist will cost and see if it will meet your budgetary needs. It is advisable to purchase from stores that offer warranty, free delivery and sales support. Good stores will allow you to test the equipment before purchase so you can make an informed decision. Your caregiver can as well offer you with advice on the best equipment depending on your needs and requirements.