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Ceiling hoists provide improvements to Oldham care centre

Dolphin Mobility : 10 March, 2014  (Application Story)
A care centre in Oldham has taken the step to improve mobility and dignity with the use of two new tracked ceiling hoists
Ceiling hoists provide improvements to Oldham care centre


The staff and residents at St George's Care Centre in Oldham have had their daily routine improved following the installation of two BHM V5 X-Y Duo tracked ceiling hoists from Manchester based Dolphin Mobility.



Prior to looking into tracked solutions, the care team at St George's had been using mobile hoists, as Manager Ian Randles explained: "When we built the centre in 2002 tracked hoists were still in their infancy, hence our decision to initially purchase mobile hoists. However when the time came to look at alternative hoisting solutions for two of our bathrooms, it quickly became apparent a tracked system would meet the requirements of both staff and residents."



As part of his research Ian spoke to several companies in the North West. "I was looking for a local company which could offer a high quality product at a competitive price and Dolphin Mobility ticked all the boxes. It was refreshing to work with a company that accepted our timescales for delivery, installation and completion and I would not hesitate to recommend Dolphin Mobility to other care centre managers in the North West. From a staff perspective the tracked hoists have made a real difference to the moving and handling of residents, as all the weight goes through the hoist and therefore the risk of a back injury is greatly reduced. We have also received positive comments from our residents, some of whom were initially unsure about being transferred using a ceiling hoist."



The BHM V5 Duo X-Y system enables the staff at St George's to safely transfer residents from their chair to the toilet or bath in comfort, while retaining their dignity, and with a maximum lifting capacity of 200kg all residents benefit from this investment. Whilst the installations at St. George's are within individual rooms, the versatility of the V5 Duo allows the tracking to be adapted to suit almost any environment, such as a multi-room layout where people are hoisted from bedroom to bathroom to living area. Tracked hoists can also be used to transfer people from a changing room directly to a hydrotherapy or swimming pool and as at St. George's, users can remain in the waterproof sling should they need to. Another example of this versatility is found in centres with a gymnasium where people can be hoisted on and off a trampoline for rebound therapy.



St George's Care Centre has 77 beds split into six units: general nursing, elderly dementia, elderly dementia with challenging behaviour, early onset dementia, acquired brain injury and enduring mental health. Each unit offers specialist care with the aim of supporting an active and independent lifestyle.


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