Factors to Consider When Buying a Hoist
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. Here are some factors to consider when choosing a hoist to lift people.
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. 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 example, when purchasing a bed and bathing lift, you need to look for equipment that will fit n the space available. Similarly, you should take measurements of the corridors, room entrances and corners to help you know which equipment to get. Most ceiling hoists are linear and curved allowing them to access almost all the areas of the house. Additionally, some mobile hoists are designed to be used outdoors depending on the nature of the surface.
Know which features to look for when purchasing a hoist. An electronic hoist should have an emergency shut-off control to stop the hoist in emergency situations. A manual override switch is also important to enable you moved safely in case of power loss. Caregivers may also want equipment with an inbuilt scale to read the patients weight while transferring them. Ensure that there are a variety of specialized slings to suit your needs including; divided leg slings, full body slings and padded slings.
Pay attention to your personal circumstances including weight, body stability and strength in order to help you choose the right equipment. If you have increased core strength and stability, you can choose strap slings. Weight is also necessary to keep in mind as every hoist comes with its weight capacity. See to it that the slings and the hoist are designed for your height and has enough space to accommodate your knees and legs.
Find out how much the hoist will cost and see if it will meet your budgetary needs. Similarly, check before you buy to ensure that the store offers after sales support and free delivery of the equipment. Good stores will allow you to test the equipment before purchase so you can make an informed decision. Talk to your health care provider for recommendations to the best hoist for your needs.