Lilly – Bespoke Gel Hoist Protectors
Lilly is 11 and has Cerebral Palsy and experiences involuntary movements in her arms and legs. It is important for Lilly to spend time with her family in their living room.
Lilly enjoys moving and having a stretch on the floor and being with her younger siblings in the living room when she comes home from school. Lilly’s bedroom and ceiling track hoist is upstairs.
A ceiling track hoist was unable to be fitted in the living room and the family did not wish for a gantry hoist fitted in their living area. Therefore, Lilly’s mum uses a portable hoist to transfer Lilly between her wheelchair and the floor. However, during hoisting Lilly’s involuntary movements increase and she is regularly making contact with the hoist, which is bruising and marking her skin.
We designed and made Special Gel Covers that covered the base, battery box, lift arm and spreader bar of the portable hoist. Since these have been fitted Mum advised that Lilly is much safer and she is no longer bruising or marking her skin on the hoist. Mum also said she is less anxious and happier to be hoisted.