Ceiling Mounted Hoists

An impartial guide to ceiling mounted hoists. Mounting the hoist to the ceiling is usually the preferred method of installation when considering the manual handling of a patient or disabled person.

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Mounting the hoist to the ceiling is usually the preferred method of installation when considering the manual handling of a patient or disabled person. A ceiling mounted hoist has several advantages over alternative lifting methods.

– A ceiling hoist takes up no floor space
– The user can operate independently
– Permanently fixed hoist and portable hoists available on ceiling mounted tracks
– Does not require 2 carers to operate, as is currently recommended when using mobile floor hoists
– The ceiling hoist track can travel from room to room
– The portable hoist option is easily detached for use on tracking installed in other rooms
– Installing Ceiling Mounted Hoists

Most structures are able to accommodate a ceiling mounted hoist. A variety of solutions are available to assist installation. The following applications are commonplace.

– Concrete ceilings
– Steel webbed joists
– Cathedral/sloping ceilings
– Steel and timber I beams
– Timber joists
– Suspended ceilings
– Pitched roofs

Ceiling Hoist Track Configurations

There are several track layouts to choose from which are determined by the lifting requirements in the room.

– Straight Tracking
– Straight track with 45 or 90 degree bends
– Room to room track systems
– XY or H frame tracking system
– Turntables
– Y Junction Exchangers
– Wall Mounting
– Semi-permanent tracking

Straight tracking is the easiest to install and most cost effective means of hoisting, enabling basic lifting of the user from position to position in a straight line. Adding curved sections to the track permits greater room coverage and increased lifting and repositioning flexibility. For full room coverage the XY system is required. This involves two straight sections of track being fixed adjacent to each other on each side of the room with another track joining the two. The XY hoist track system allows full room coverage and is an increasingly popular choice.

Fixed ceiling hoist features can include:

– User programmable features
– Emergency stop and lowering
– Battery and charging system
– Return to charge feature
– Wireless remote control available
– Power sharing function for turntables, gates and exchangers

How much does a ceiling hoist cost?

The cost of a ceiling mounted hoist is determined by a number of factors.

– The length of the tracking
– The number and complexity of bends if required
– The ceiling construction
– The number and type of fixings required
– The weight of the hoist user/s

A straight track hoist 3 metres in length and fixed to timber joists, or to a concrete ceiling, would normally cost less than 2000. For a 3 metre x 3 metre XY system the price would normally be between 2500 and 3000.

Christian Dunnage is a director of Dolphin Mobility Ltd, a UK based independent supplier of stair lifts, ceiling hoists and mobility products.

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