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Disability Hoist Guide

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Disability Hoists Reviewed

This disability hoist review is an assessment of this valuable and much needed piece of disability equipment. When it comes to disability support for the mobility impaired, a disability hoist is a crucial piece of equipment for both the person with disability and their support workers.

Portable Patient Hoist

Indeed, for most of my time in a wheelchair I have used a portable hoist. In the early days, it was manual windup, progressing to electric hydraulic portable hoists when they became available.

After conducting our disability hoist review, the one we found to be the best for us was the sonata. Make sure you check how far apart the legs on the hoist go. Make sure there is space to get your chair in. You want to be able to ‘get right in’ so it is not too hard to get the sling around you.

What is a portable hoist?

A portable hoist is a hoist that can be easily moved. Consequently, they can be easily moved from one location to another. These hoists are often used by people with a disability.
portable disability hoist

There is a new generation of lightweight portable hoists for transferring people that I have not had the chance to try. However, some of them may be worth a closer look, depending on your needs. The Ardoo Caresafe 140 certainly looks interesting.

Ceiling Hoist for Disabled Person

Over the last few years we have moved to a ceiling hoist which was funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme. It has made life so much easier.

When you are ready to go to bed, you simply park beside the bed in your wheelchair and the hoist is just a slide away. A light push from where it is stored, and it is right where it needs to be to get you into bed.

Our disability hoist review showed that not only does a ceiling hoist make the process of getting to bed much easier, it’s frees up much-needed space around the house. The old hoist was always in the way (when I was trying to move items like my spare wheelchair). Now we have more space.

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Ceiling Hoist

Occupational health & safety

A disability hoist is crucial for the occupational health and safety of disability support workers. If you are a staff member, the last thing you want is to injure your back.

Likewise, if you are a person with a disability, the last thing you want is to lose a crucial member of your support team, because they have sustained an injury.

Disability Hoist Review Win

We have trialled and used a number of hoists over the years. The sonata was the best portable hoist we experienced.

Without doubt the Human Care ceiling hoist has been the most comfortable and reliable of the ceiling hoists we trialled. It has met our needs and never let us down.

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