Wall Hoist from Dolphin Mobility Lifts People with Complex Disabilities in Stoke-on-Trent
An innovative lifting solution supplied by Dolphin Mobility Hoists has helped severely disabled users and their carers at Waterside Day Centre in Stoke-on-Trent.
United Kingdom (PRUnderground) February 18th, 2014
Dolphin Mobility recently played a vital role in the £1.8 million redevelopment of the Waterside Day Service provision in Stoke-on-Trent, which transformed the way services are provided for adults with complex learning disabilities in Stoke and the surrounding area.
During the planning stage, the comfort and dignity of the service users was paramount in the minds of all concerned, and none more so than when it came to bathing and toileting. Day Manager Dianne Saunders explained: “We required a solution that would ensure our service users were comfortable and retained their dignity, whilst also allowing all the necessary moving and handling criteria to be met from a staffing perspective.”
Following several months of researching companies in the North West, Dianne met with Dolphin Mobility’s Manchester branch and was shown the HandiMove Wall Lift Hoist – the rest, as they say, is history. “We knew a ceiling track hoist would be unsuitable as the ceilings are quite low, whilst a mobile hoist would take up too much space within the care suites. When we saw the wall hoist it was a ‘light bulb’ moment as it was the perfect solution for transferring users from a wheelchair to the toilet and then the changing bed. From placing the order through to the installation, the team at Dolphin was great and if we have a query, there is always someone at the Manchester office available to offer immediate support. I would certainly recommend Dolphin Mobility Manchester to anybody in the North West looking for assistance with hoisting equipment.”
The HandiMove Wall Lift Hoist has been designed for use in confined spaces where tracked or mobile hoists are unsuitable. The telescopic arm of the wall lift can extend the radius of its arc from 900mm to 1300mm (354” to 512”) which ensures the user can be easily transferred from their chair to the toilet or changing bed, as is the case at Waterside. When not in use the arm folds flat to the wall ensuring minimum space is taken up.
The services at the centre have been designed to meet specific needs of adults over the age of 18, such as those who use fixed, moulded wheelchairs or those with very limited sensory awareness. There are currently 224 adults with severe learning disabilities in the city and 832 with moderately severe learning disabilities – these figures are set to rise to 245 and 907 respectively by 2030. Statistics also show there are over 1,000 children with disabilities in city schools who would benefit from specialised supportive services as they move into adulthood. Waterside currently helps 59 people aged 18-64 for an average of four days a week; the new facility is continuing to develop by working in partnership with children’s services to provide an ‘outreach ‘service at Waterside. Plans to make the facility available to the wider population are ongoing.
About Dolphin Mobility Ltd
Dolphin Mobility is part of the Dolphin Lifts Group, specialist in the supply of products for the disabled and the leading independent suppliers of stairlifts in the UK. Dolphin supply, install and maintain stairlifts, step lifts, hoists, wheelchair lifts and pool lifts.