Where possible Ceiling Track Hoists are undoubtedly the safest, easiest and most practical way to safely transfer people from one surface to another.
A ceiling track hoist is quick and easy to use, and is never in the way, and always where you need it. Because of this constant availability, it is more likely to be used by caregivers than a mobile hoist, which may not be to hand immediately when it is required.
Positioning a person is easier with a ceiling track hoist. It eliminates the risk of back injury for caregivers when performing a transfer and requires minimum effort to operate . In most cases it can be operated by one person, there is much closer contact between the user and the caregiver and can be more dignified in use than other solutions. A person is more easily positioned using the ceiling track hoist, as they can be raised lowered turned and traversed with no physical effort from the caregiver.
It does not take up floor space and is therefore often suitable for use in restricted areas or toilets/small bathrooms where a mobile hoist might be difficult to manoeuvre.
It can lift higher and lower than a mobile hoist: the same hoist can be used for floor to chair transfer, chair to shower stretcher, raised bath, or bed.
Ceiling Track hoists are very well received by persons being lifted in them, who generally feel secure as they experience no sudden movement. The Freeway TransactiveXtra has a ‘soft start’ as a standard feature, which means that the hoist gradually builds up to its full speed and virtually eliminates jerking.
In the home it is a major contributor to quality of life and can often enable a person to remain in or return to their homes where otherwise hospitalisation would be necessary. In some cases the ceiling track hoist gives the opportunity for a measure of independence.