The following information is from the Freeway Healthcare website
Why choose a ceiling track hoist?
Ceiling Track hoists have many advantages:
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 carers 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 carers when performing a transfer and requires minimum effort to operate . As in most cases it can be operated by one person, there is much closer contact between the user and the carer 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 carer.
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 does not have ‘traffic’ problems in moving and is not affected by different levels of floor or rucks in carpets.
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 has a ‘soft start’ as a standard feature, which means that the hoist gradually builds up to its full speed and virtually eliminates jerking.
Because a ceiling track hoist only requires a button to operate it, the carer is left free to aid the user at all times, which gives confidence to the user and leaves the carer free to attend to the comfort of the user.