If you have a loved one with limited mobility issues and you need help taking care of them at home, mobility hoists can help you maintain some autonomy in providing care.
How Mobility Hoists are Primarily Used
Hoists are commonly found in a care facility, nursing home or hospital but they can be a great help to people proving home care for patients. If you are in this situation, perhaps caring for an elderly parent, the hoist is employed to assist those who are not ambulatory. If the patient cannot ascend to a standing position or sit up in bed, mobility hoists are effective assistive devices.
Hoists can be wheeled close to the patient’s bed, within reach of them. Locking wheels are important to prevent the hoist from moving around during utilisation. Your patient can reach to grip the hoist arms to provide leverage for sitting up. When the patient is totally debilitated, you, as the caretaker, can attach a sling to the hoist grips and slip the sling under their body. At this point mobility hoists can then lift the patient and aid in transportation.
Qualities to Look for in a Hoist
As the caretaker, a lightweight, compact size is important for the hoist for easy maneuverability. Look for a model with an electric leg opening and a magnetic handset. However, what if you have to operate it manually for some reason? In an emergency, mobility hoists should have a controlled lowering mechanism too. Castors with 360 degree swiveling capability offers greater maneuverability too.
A battery-operated model is important so there won’t be any electrical cords to get in the way when moving the hoist from one place to another. However, you want to ensure that the hoist includes a battery alarm that will emit an alert when the battery charge is low. Another important aspect to consider for the hoist is an emergency stop. In addition, controls with recessed buttons are especially helpful as they can reduce the chance of inadvertent operation.
Taking care of a loved one in your own home doesn’t have to be a burden. Assistive devices can help by providing a level of freedom and ease. Mobility hoists are especially important in preventing injury, not only to your patient, but also to yourself.