Assisted Hoist

What is an exercise assisted hoist?

An exercise assisted hoist is a type of gait training equipment which offers optimum support for the patient while taking away the risk of falling or ‘dropping’. This essential piece of physiotherapy equipment offers the user the chance to practice walking, turning and balancing, while also increasing confidence and physical strength.

The walking hoist is able to support patients with a wide range of conditions throughout their rehabilitation. They are adaptable to hold significant amounts of weight safely, and are a simple, safe and efficient way for patients to engage in gait training.

Key benefits

• Supports gait training and ambulation
• Eliminates risk of falling
• Reduces risk of bed sores for immobile clients
• Increases confidence
• Opportunity to use a counterweight for lighter and freer movement
• Promotes physical strength in the lower and upper body
• Supports patients who have poor balance or coordination

By offering the patient the opportunity to relieve the burden of body weight, the patient is able to commence with their ambulation and gait training with their weight being counterbalanced by the hoist, and the option of counterweights being added to make them lighter and freer to move.

How can it help you?

The exercise assisted hoist allows patients to perform ambulation and gait training without the risk of falling, thus building strength, coordination, balance and confidence. Walking hoists can be used as part of a personal rehabilitation plan for patients with a range of conditions such as:

• Traumatic Brain Injury
• Stroke
• Spinal Injury
• Paralysis
• Lower limb amputation

The user must have some upper body strength and control, and some weight-bearing ability.

How do they work?

The user will be strapped into the hoist, which is attached to a ceiling rail. Their rehabilitator will then set a counterweight, if required, to reduce the weight on their feet. The patient will then be able to freely walk forwards and backwards, with support and guidance from their rehabilitator, while practising their gait training and ambulation. You may be encouraged to turn, walking forward and walking backwards. This carefully promotes walking, while strengthening your muscles and in the long term, increasing confidence.



What conditions can be treated using the Exercise Assisted Hoist?

A range of different conditions can be rehabilitated by using the Exercise Assisted Hoist. These include:

• Stroke
• Traumatic brain injury
• Spinal Injury
• Paralysis
• Lower limb amputation

If you would like to find out more about the Exercise Assisted Hoist, then please contact us on 01482 966 006.

Do I need a referral?

At Flex Health, we will take referrals from doctors and self-referrals, so if you are interested in finding out more about how we might be able to support you then please call us on 01482 966 006.