Mobile Hoists – A great mobility solution for both patients and carers

Mobile Hoists - A great mobility solution for both patients and carers | HealthSoul

Many of us are lucky to have the ability to walk freely from one place to another without assistance. However, for those who find mobility an issue, mobile hoists can make life a lot easier. Mobile hoists provide a safer alternative to lifting patients manually removing the strain on carers. They are mobile, easy to store and they provide a cost effective option for improving mobility.

What is a mobile hoist?

A mobile hoist is essentially an electric or manual lift which helps patients move from one place to another. They can be used in both residential homes as well as hospitals for moving those with limited mobility, helping them get into bed, into the shower or onto the toilet safely. Mobile hoists can be used on commodes, toilets and shower chairs. Some mobile hoist models are even suitable for use at home or in the car making them great solutions for those experiencing mobility issues. Mobile hoists come with different lifting capacities enabling you to choose one that suits your needs whilst remaining within budget. Many people find using them safe, efficient and cost-effective.

Mobile hoists have a variety of functions and can be used for transferring patients from chairs, beds or other areas. They are most useful for moving patients who are weak, unstable or have any injuries that cause pain when they are lifted manually by nurses or carers.

Considerations when using a mobile hoist

Mobile hoists are the perfect solution for increasing mobility and reducing strain but there are a few important considerations to take into account when using them.

Patient weight – Before utilising a mobile hoist, you need to consider the patient you are transferring. To reduce strain on both patient and carer, electric hoists are a great option. However, there are certain circumstances such as showering in which manual hoists may be preferable. Mobile hoists come in a variety of sizes and weight capacities so consider your patient’s needs before committing to one type.

Patient needs – As mentioned, there are a variety of mobile hoists all designed to serve different purposes. Electric hoists are most beneficial for transferring patients in and out of chairs, beds and vehicles whereas manual hoists can be extremely useful for showering. Patients will have their own unique needs and environments which need to be assessed before choosing a hoist.

Space – Mobile hoists come in a variety of sizes so it is important to consider the amount of space you have when choosing the appropriate one. Many hoists come with adjustable heights and legs to provide ranges of maneuverability. These ones can be extremely useful for reducing the manual effort required to operate the hoist. However, if you are operating the hoist in restricted space then a smaller option may be more suitable.

Storage – similarly to space, storage options are an important factor when choosing a mobile hoist. If it is intended to be used in a domestic setting then you may want to consider an adjustable or foldable option so it can be out away easily when not in use.

With all of this in mind, what are the benefits of using a mobile hoist over an overhead hoist?

Mobile hoists are the most common type for daily use. They are portable, meaning you don’t have to worry about the cost and installation of tracks that come with other variations, such as overhead hoists. They are also lightweight. This means they can be used in a much wider range and variety of settings. If transporting a patient outside of their usual care environment is necessary, mobile hoists can be taken with you to make on-the-go care that little bit easier.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are mobile hoists easy to store?

Yes, Mobile Hoists are designed to be easy to store. They are compact and can be stored in a variety of locations.

How much do mobile hoists cost?

Mobile Hoists are a cost effective solution for improving mobility. Prices vary depending on the model and features you choose.

Can a carer use a mobile hoist on their own?

Yes, Mobile Hoists are designed to be used by carers on their own. They are easy to operate and provide a safe alternative to lifting patients manually.

Can mobile hoists be used indoors and outdoors?

Yes, Mobile Hoists are designed for both indoor and outdoor use. They are durable and can withstand a variety of conditions.

How do I choose the right mobile hoist for me?

There are a few factors to consider when choosing a Mobile Hoist. These include the weight capacity, lifting range, and mobility of the unit. You should also consider the specific needs of the patient.

Final thoughts

The mobile hoist is an excellent mobility solution for anyone who needs help getting out of bed, transferring to a wheelchair or chair, and even using the toilet without being too cumbersome. We hope this blog has given you some insight on whether a mobile hoist may be the right solution for you! If you have any experience of using mobile hoists we would love to know your thoughts on their benefits for improving mobility. Let us know!