When elderly or infirm patients need to be relocated, utilising a hoist track system across multiple rooms can help. This accessibility technology is available now from HLS Healthcare, and the benefits can be realised immediately. These benefits include increased patient comfort, reduced risk of strain injury for carers, and a more efficient overall facility operation.
To make the most of hoist track systems, it makes sense for many care providers to link multiple rooms. This is particularly the case with the bathroom or washroom, as these are areas patients will be visiting multiple times in a given day. In this article, we’re explaining how to utilise a hoist track system across multiple rooms.
Planning the Hoist Path
There are a few key things to keep in mind if you’re planning a hoist path to connect multiple rooms in your facility:
- Remember that the hoist endpoints should be situated as close as possible to areas where the patient will be spending the majority of their time. This is likely to be near the bed in the bedroom and/or near the couch or large chair in the living room or common area.
- When connecting multiple rooms, be sure that there is significant clearance for the hoist as it moves through its travel path. This may require the relocation or removal of some furniture or fixtures. Because most care facilities are already used to providing adequate width for wheelchairs, this shouldn’t be too difficult.
- Depending on who will be operating the lift, be sure to print out a copy of the use instructions of the lift you have selected, and keep it available to whomever is trained to use the system.
- It is generally not advisable to run the hoist track to exterior locations like a patio or deck. These areas aren’t generally safe for the attachment and detachment of a patient’s sling when using the hoist, so try to contain your lift track to indoor spaces.
- Try to design the track route so that the patient remains visible to the operator throughout the lift procedure. This makes it easiest to monitor the patient during their relocation.
Common hoist path routes include from the bedroom to the bathroom and from the bedroom to the kitchen or food preparation area. The floorplan of your facility will largely dictate what track routes can be designed and installed, which is why it’s important to get final approval from professionals who have been trained to ensure quality control of these systems.
For More Information, Contact HLS Healthcare
At HLS Healthcare, we are passionate about giving our customers better ways to manage patient comfort and improve facility operations.
As with any of our products, if you have any questions about the use of a ceiling lift when connecting multiple rooms, feel free to contact the experts at HLS Healthcare, and we’ll do our best to answer your questions. Our team of accessibility furniture experts are standing by to understand your unique project and develop a solution that works perfectly. Contact us today on 1300 931 893.