If a client is hoisted, we generally recommend a care chair, as it is more practical to hoist in and out of.
Care chairs are typically used for people who have less mobility and more complex needs. They have larger wheels so they can be moved around more easily.
The legs of a mobile hoist fit more easily underneath a care chair because the seat base is slightly higher.
If a client has to be hoisted in and out of a chair they will have less mobility and will likely spend more time seated. A care chair is designed for longer periods of sitting and immobility, with pressure relieving materials to all contact surfaces and more all-round body support.
As hoisting can be a time-consuming and sometimes uncomfortable process, the care chair is better suited as it is mobile, so can be easily transferred between locations on the same level and reduce the number of hoist transfers needed.
We recommend the Lento Care Chair for people who are hoisted, it comes with removable armrests, electric or manual action, and fully adjustable seat sizing design to fit 80% of the population. Plus, we now have a hospital-spec Lento available with enhanced infection control features, and the Little Lento (for people under 5’ 2”), to cater for an even wider range of people!
As the size and type of sling is an important factor in hoisting, we have some more information to help you choose the most suitable sling for your hoisting needs.
Standard slings are ideal for general transfers and compatible with most mobile hoists. This type of sling is used in the step-by-step instructions above. They have padded leg sections and a smaller aperture. Different materials can be used for the contact surfaces, including parasilk in the leg sections to which is a smoother contact surface to reduce friction.
As the name suggests, these slings can be kept in place underneath the patient while they are seated, due to their soft, breathable material. How long they should be left underneath the patient depends on the patient’s condition, and a risk assessment should be carried out to determine this. These make life easier for the patient and carer as the sling doesn’t have to be applied and removed each time.
We hope this guide helps you with hoisting patients in and out of a care chair and some of the functionality that is built into a care chair to assist this process.