"Yo Srin, what's that for?" - The mobile hoist

Welcome to the third edition of "Yo Srin, what's that for?". This week, I'll be explaining the purpose of a mobile hoist.

If you're new to this column, to explain some basic background; I was inspired to start it after a recent trip to Singapore where I showed a good friend my hotel room to explain how an adapted room was different to usual rooms in a hotel. She pointed at my hoist and said "Yo Srin, what's that for?". I realised that if a good friend who knew me for many years had no idea, it was likely many others had no idea what these vital bits of equipment or building adaptations were for.

Last week, I covered the ceiling track hoist; and this week I'll be explaining the purpose of its closely related cousin, the mobile hoist.

1. What is it?

A mobile hoist, like any other hoist is a mechanical device designed for the purpose of transferring the user from one place to another. It replaces the need for manually lifting someone out of bed and into their wheelchair or vice verse.

The best way to understand how it works is to watch this very short video of a mobile hoist lifting me up.

As you can see, my personal care assistant, Filipe places a lifting sling under me that is then attached to the hoist. The hoist is wheeled and foldable and can be manoeuvred around the room.

Mobile hoists come in a number of shapes and sizes with varying degrees of portability, stability and maneuverability. My particular hoist, the MoLift Smart is well known for being easily foldable which makes it ideal as a hoist for travelling.

2. Why is it needed?

Like any kind of hoist, its designed to transfer folks like me who are difficult to lift (i.e. I'm heavy...!). Any personal care assistant having to lift me several times a day would quickly damage their backs!

Mobile hoists are ideal if the user's accommodation is ill-suited for a ceiling track hoist which is fixed to a ceiling or if a user needs lifting in multiple locations. Mobile hoists are also widely used in hospitals, care homes and other forms of institutional accommodation where a single hoist would be needed for lots of people.

3. What makes a good mobile hoist?

  • Easy to manoeuvre. A clunky hoist with wheels that don't turn too easily are a nightmare for the care assistant.

  • Lightweight. Again, lighter hoists are easier to position.

  • Remote control lift. A lifting arm that's remote operated allows the user to be lifted at their own pace.

  • Foldability. If a hoist can fold into something smaller, it makes life much easier for storage and transport.

  • Smooth flooring and ample space. While not a part of the hoist per se, enough space and a smooth floor (i.e. not carpet) makes it so much easier for the care assistant to move the hoist.

4. Does everyone requiring an adapted room need a mobile hoist?

No. Not at all. The mobile hoist is usually on the higher end of adaptations and only a relatively small number of properties will have one.

However, at Accomable, we have one of the largest collections of properties that have a hoist.

If you'd like more information on what makes a good mobile hoist, feel free to get in touch with us at hello@accomable.com.

Much love,
Srin

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