Caring for people with disability problems can be a very difficult process. After all, these people often want to maintain their independence whenever possible, and it’s complicated to find ways of helping them, without causing any unnecessary discomfort. Usually, one of the simplest and most common ways to assist people with mobility issues in their day-to-day activities is with a sling and lift.
Slings and lifts, or “hoists”, as they are sometimes called, are often essential accessories when dealing with getting people who struggle to move alone in and out of a bed, bath, or even a wheelchair. Making sure that you know how to use slings and lists safely and effectively is essential to the well-being of everyone involved.
The Risks of Using Slings and Lifts Improperly
Studies have shown that the most common injuries sustained by professional caregivers involve the back or spine. These injuries are caused because these people aren’t sure how to lift and move residents with the right degree of caution and safety. At the same time, for the person being lifted, the improper movement could prompt the onset of various injuries, including breathing problems, broken or fractured bones, bruises, and scrapes.
By far, the safest way to move people in need of mobility assistance is with the use of lifts and slings. Of course, this will be dependent on making sure that the equipment you choose is not only high quality but also properly installed within your facility.
At HLS Healthcare, we source and supply only the highest quality of lifting hoists and slings, that have been stringently tested to the highest standards to make sure that they are as durable and secure as possible. Each product that we offer has been designed with ergonomic attention to detail to ensure the safety of the end-user and the caregiver. Additionally, these items are intended to be easy to use, with minimum or little exertion to the body.
It’s important to make sure that any sling or lift you invest in has been designed with care and the best quality of materials. This will improve your chances of using equipment that is capable of staying stable at all times, offering a smooth and stable lift. In some cases, you might find that certain hoists and lifts are more appealing than others. For instance, in a small bathroom space, a ceiling hoist may be preferable to a mobile hoist.
How to Make Slings and Hoists Safer
By making sure that you shop from a collection of high-quality slings and hoists stocked here at HLS Healthcare, you’re already taking the first steps towards ensuring the safety of yourself, and the people that you might care for. However, there are additional ways that you might be able to improve the safety levels of slings and hoists too.
Usually, the best way to make slings and hoists safer is to ensure that all of the people who might use these pieces of equipment are properly trained in how to operate them. In a care home or residential care environment, this will mean ensuring that all staff receives training from the moment they begin working in a care home. Additionally, extra training should be provided when new equipment is purchased.
Though the hoists and lifts that we sell here at HLS Healthcare are designed to be safe and easy to use, it’s still important to make sure that the equipment is set up and installed by a professional. At the same time, you should ensure that any equipment you purchase is properly maintained and serviced. This helps to prevent injuries and accidents due to wear and tear, and more.
If you have any questions about ceiling hoist solutions for the disabled or any of our health care solutions please contact us directly on 1300 931 893