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Verteo – Sit-to-stand Lift
Prism A-320B Bariatric Hoist
Freeway TA180 Stand Aid
SLK Multy – Active Hoist convertible to Universal Hoist
- Check the client’s weight matches the hoist’s capacity
- Make sure the environment is free of obstacles
- Check the hoist is working correctly
- Ensure that the sling is matched to the client’s needs
- Assist the client onto the sling
- Attach the sling to the hoist
- Begin lifting
A person hoist can be an invaluable aid in helping people get in and out of bed, bath or their wheelchair safely and comfortably. They can be vital in helping elderly people & people with mobility issues to live independently and be as mobile as possible. There are many different person hoists for all kinds of different client needs. At O’Flynn Medical we work tirelessly to ensure that our selection caters for all of our clients’ needs. We choose only high quality and affordable products.
Take a moment to peruse our selection of hoists for the elderly and those with both temporary and long-term mobility issues. We have also compiled an FAQ section. Here we’ll try to address frequently asked questions to help our clients better understand their needs.
Feel free to get in touch with us if you’d like to know more about any of the products you see.
What is a patient hoist?
A patient hoist (or patient lift or person hoist) is the umbrella term used by the medical profession to describe any equipment used to help lift someone up and gently put them back down again. They are extremely helpful for our clients who have temporary or permanent mobility issues due to illness, injury or simply getting on in years.
What is a mobile hoist?
A mobile hoist is a popular choice for those who need help getting out of bed, chair or up from the floor in relatively confined spaces. Perfect for homes and care homes alike. They are small and easy to transport but have great lifting capacity. They’re great for carers who need a little help getting a client or loved one from their wheelchair to a bed or from their bed to a commode. There are two kinds of mobile person hoists and these are called passive and active hoists.
Will a hoist for elderly people allow them to remain at home?
Think about what level of care you’ll be able to provide if an elderly family member remains at home. Is it possible to have the necessary equipment for their care in their own home? Is 24 hour care required or are they going to be independent enough for you to just visit a few times every week? Lifting someone from a bed or bath can be extremely dangerous for the carers’ safety.
Be realistic in the level of care you’re going to be able to provide. Don’t rule out the possibility of hiring professional home help to assist. Are there any community services in the area that can help? Community services can be an excellent option as they are local and familiar. Your relative’s doctor may be able to offer some advice.
What’s the difference between an active and a passive hoist?
There are some clients who are able (and prefer) to bear some of their own weight when getting up and have the trunk and joint stability to do so. These types of clients require an active hoist which supports them but doesn’t do all of the work for them.
There are some clients, however, who will need to rely entirely on the hoist to lift them. These are called passive hoists and require no effort from the client.
What is a standing hoist?
A standing person hoist (or stand assist hoist) is perfect for helping clients who have trouble standing on their own. They help to gently ease them into a standing position comfortably and without pressure on the joints.
Perfect for clients undergoing physical rehabilitation or with degenerative conditions which mean that their needs can change from day to day.
Can just one person use a hoist?
In the vast majority of cases, yes. Single person hoist options have come a long way in recent years and are designed to make carer’s lives easier and help them to deliver better care to the client. Many are built to be operated by one person so that they can focus on making sure the client is well looked after without needing to worry about the manual aspects of lifting their client.
How do I use a hoist?
All of our person hoists come with detailed instructions, and use will differ slightly depending on the kind of hoist used. Broadly speaking, however, the correct lifting procedure is as follows;
This video may prove helpful if you need a visual demonstration.
Can I rent a hoist or do I have to buy one?
Some clients may prefer to “try before they buy” while others may only need a hoist temporarily. For these clients we provide a rental service on a comprehensive range of hoists. You might also want to look at our other equipment available to rent such as our Hospital beds and Wheelchairs. We rent to homes, care facilities and various holiday accommodations.
Why choose O’Flynn?
At O’Flynn Medical our emphasis is on people, not patients. We believe that people with mobility issues deserve the highest quality hoists and standing aids at prices that are affordable for them.
We are a family-run business and choose only high quality, affordable products that we would be happy for our family members to use. We consider our customers extended family and will work tirelessly to ensure that you get the correct hoist or other items of medical equipment that you need to suit your unique needs and budget.
Over the years we’ve worked hard to bring medical grade solutions at affordable prices to our clients all over the country. We hope this FAQ has been useful and informative. However, if you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.