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There are a number of different types of hoist available;

Mobile Hoists

Our most popular type of hoist as they do not require any ceiling track installation and are often cheaper than ceiling hoists.
For those considering a mobile hoist, they must take into consideration whether the environment the hoist will be used in has enough room to accomodate the hoist and for it to be manoeuvred as required. You must also check that there is a sufficient space to lift the person clear of any obstructions. It is also important to check whether the hoist has a maximum user weight that will accomodate the patient.
Most mobile hoists are powered by rechargeable batteries, so it is important to ensure when not in use you can plug them into a power point.

Ceiling Hoists

These traditional hoists run across the ceiling on permanently fixed tracks. This is particularly useful for those who have limited floor space or the user would like to operate the hoist themselves.
Ceiling hoists may require alterations to the home such as alterations to doorways or ceiling joints reinforced to allow for installation of the track.
Ceiling track systems can have either a fixed hoist or a portable one that can be detached. A portable hoist will allow for use on another track, which is particularly useful within care home environments.