Hoists

A ceiling track hoist which covers the whole room should be provided wherever possible to enable a person to be transferred conveniently between their wheelchair, the Changing Bench, WC and Washbasin. Such hoists are sometimes referred to as an X-Y System or a H System.

Full room coverage provides access to all the equipment and clear manoeuvring space within the facility. A single track hoist only covers a linear route and may limit movement within a room.

Mobile hoists are not recommended. They reduce manoeuvring space, and may require an alternative space outside the toilet for Charging. They are also liable to being removed, and may cause manual handling issues for assistants unfamiliar with specific models. Mobile Hoists also usually require two carers to operate which can put single carers at risk.