Integrated ceiling track and four-function hoists ‘are the future’

Integrated ceiling and four-function hoists are becoming much more common on the hoist market according to a leading mobility firm.

OpeMed is seeing a greater demand for track that is integrated into the ceiling out of view and easy-to-use four function hoists in the home care environment.

Managing director, Nick Kent, said that integrated track is very popular with architects who are concerned with aesthetics but added that it can be “a nightmare for testing and LOLER testing”.

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Kent, speaking at Rise4Disability this week, said: “Four-function hoists are becoming more and more common because you can drive someone very easily. Modern ones are incredibly easy to pull or push so if the carer’s got someone in a sling they can guide somebody literally with one finger, because the hoist is taking all the weight.”

Nick Kent, managing director, OpeMed, demonstrates a portable hoist

Kent also reinforced the belief in the industry that different manufacturers’ slings can now be used on different hoists.

On sling compatibility, he said: “If I did this presentation a year ago, some manufactures were still holding on the fact that you could never use one manufacturer’s sling with someone else’s hoist. I think even the last bastions of trying to hold onto that have given up and realise that actually different slings can be used on different hoists.

“We have a list of approved manufacturers, we’d be very worried if somebody started bringing in slings that no one’s ever tested or heard of. But we’ve tested manufacturers’ slings and approved them for our hoists.”

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