The fitting of a ceiling lift or disability hoist can improve the accessibility of a school building for people in wheelchairs and children who might have problems with moving around. Moving children manually is risky for both teachers and students; a hoist negates the risk by allowing controlled and safe transfer. The installation of a ceiling lift or disability hoist will not only open up a world of new opportunities for these children but aid in their physical and intellectual development. Here, we’ll look at how you can fit ceiling lifts and disability hoists in a school environment.
1. Decide Where Hoists Should be Installed
The first step in successfully installing ceiling lifts and disability hoists in a school environment involves figuring out where the hoists are needed most. For instance, you might want to install a track in;
- The Bathroom
- The Sickbay
- School Hygiene Room
- A Playroom
- The Classroom
2. Consult the Experts
Once you’ve determined where you want to install your ceiling lifts, you’ll also need to consult a professional, such as HLS healthcare, when you’re installing a hoist that alters the structure of your facility in some way, it is paramount to get it right the first time around, ceiling hoists and lifts for the disabled need to be implemented as securely as possible.
This means spreading the weight through the ceiling with load-spreading beams, concrete, and metal work. We will examine your ceilings, floors, and walls to make sure that the track can be mounted as safely and conveniently as possible. Once we have determined that you have the right structural integrity in your facility to support a tracking system, we can begin implementation.
It is best to install the ceiling hoist or disability lift during the school holiday period as the installation may take over a number of days. During this period architects, school officials and HLS healthcare will need to work together to consider the needs of the students, the staff and the structure of the rooms. Standard joists in your facility won’t necessarily be strong enough to withstand the weight of a hoisting system and a user combined, which means that you’ll need additional support in place. Usually, in rooms where timber joists have been used in the ceiling, the easiest way to properly install a tracking system is with the use of load-spreading beams that can span over the joists.
The key to successful hoist tracking is in making sure that you understand exactly what the end-user(s) needs.
Identify the need for ceiling lift solution:
- What do the students need to best help their physical and intellectual development?
- How many lifts will the students need each day?
- How long does the lifting take?
- How many helpers are needed?
- Should the ceiling lift system be available in every room or can we utilise a portable lift system?
In addition to ceiling hoists and disability hoists we also recommend to our school-based clients consider the following aids in their equipment upgrade;
- Adult Change Tables,
- Portable Hoist Systems
- Bathroom Systems
- Wheel Chair Lifts
Tell us what you need and what you would like in a ceiling lift system – HLS Healthcare can deliver the exact solution to suit your particular needs.
If you have any questions about ceiling hoist or to any of our health care solutions please contact us directly on 1300 931 893.