How to Use Ceiling Hoists for Rehabilitation

How to Use Ceiling Hoists for Rehabilitation

For many patients or elderly people who are recovering from injury or surgery, ceiling hoists can be a truly beneficial tool on the road to rehabilitation. There are dozens of sling and hoist implement varieties available, with styles and sizes that are suitable for virtually every situation. There are even slings that are specific for use on individual limbs, which are ideal for rehabilitation of fractures and other serious ailments affecting the appendages.

Common lifting and moving procedures in the context of rehabilitation and (re)training:

  • Gait training
  • Moves in and around the bed
  • Assisted active exercises
  • Exercises with some weight support
  • Training on a treadmill
  • Aquatic therapy
  • ADL training assistance
  • Balance and posture exercises


To really get the full benefit of ceiling hoists for rehabilitation, it helps to know more specifically how to use this equipment. So, HLS Healthcare is taking this opportunity to share with you how to use ceiling hoists with a variety of slings and harnesses.

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How to Use Ceiling Hoists for Rehabilitation

When a Hoist Can Help

To help determine what scenarios can benefit from the use of a ceiling hoist, a safe rule to use is this one: If the use of the hoist comfortably helps to alleviate pain or assist with weaknesses associated with mobility, it makes sense to use it. That being said, some patients need more than just a ceiling hoist to assist them, so exercise caution in judging every situation.

Once you’ve determined that the use of a ceiling hoist can help a patient, it’s best to start very slow and determine the right level of lift for the patient. For rehabilitation, it’s important to document the progress made by the patient as more and more weight or independence is granted with each phase of healing. As this progress is seen, different slings can be substituted on the same ceiling hoist, sized according to the patient and their needs. This is why it’s beneficial to carry a full inventory of multiple sling sizes and types, because you never know when the need for a specialized sling might arise.

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Guldmann Ceiling Hoist System being used for rehabilitation

Thanks to the development of full-body slings and harnesses, a ceiling hoist and sling combination can be used to help a patient come to a standing position from laying down. The steps involved in this process are as follows:

  1. Position the sling or harness underneath the patient while lying down.
  2. Secure the sling to the hoist via the hardware connections.
  3. Gently operate the lift controls to provide the right amount of lift for the patient.
  4. Using the hoist controls, relocate the patient to an area of the floor where they can stand without obstruction.
  5. Slowly reduce the lift of the hoist using the controls, monitoring the patient throughout this process.

Once the carer and patient become comfortable with the steps involved in using a ceiling hoist for rehabilitation, it will become more and more routine. Thanks to the industrial grade construction of the slings and hoists provided by HLS Healthcare, daily use of slings and ceiling lifts can become a part of the operations of your care facility.

To Learn More, Contact Us

At HLS Healthcare, we are passionate about meeting the needs of aged care and clinical rehabilitation clinics by providing high-quality accessibility furniture and accessories. Ceiling hoists and sling lifts represent just one of the many ways our products help our customers.

Contact us on 1300 931 893 for a price quote or to obtain more information.