Ceiling Hoists – Opening a World of Opportunities

Ceiling Hoists are brilliant healthcare tools allowing a single carer to move a student with special education needs with the lowest possible amount of manual lifting and strain. 

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. 

1. Identify the need

Firstly when choosing a hoist for a school environment, consider what type will best meet the student’s current and long-term needs. It is also important to consult a Ministry Special Education therapist at this stage. Take into account:

  • – How many lifts a needed each day? 
  • – How long does the lifting take? 
  • – How many helpers are needed? 
  • – Should the lifting module always be available? 

2. Decide where the hoist should be installed

The next step in successfully ceiling hoists involves figuring out where the hoists are needed the most. For instance, you might want to install a track in; 

– The Bathroom

– The Classroom

– An activity/gym room

– The sickbay

– A combination of multiple rooms

3. 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 an Active Healthcare product specialist, and 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.

4. Installation of hoists

During this period architects, school officials and Active 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

Looking to improve your service and level of client and staff care?

Ceiling hoist installation, service and maintenance is a truly focused division of our company. We have installation teams that can easily retrofit ceiling hoists into older facilities, or work with architects to incorporate them into new designs.

And of course, as part of our level of care at Active Healthcare, we offer on-going support and education for the lifetime of the product so every facility can get the best out of their new ceiling hoist system.