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    Sling types for mobile hoist

    Good evening friends,

    So it feels like everyday presents a new challenge that we meet with the aggression it presents and generally find a way round often with the help of our fabulous community team. However despite more equipment then our local mobility shop we are left with one big difficulty. My hubby is unable to lay flat due to compromised breathing and can no longer roll from cheek to cheek whilst dressing and undressing. We use a mobile hoist but this only moves him from chair to bed in its fully upright condition and from chair to wheelchair etc. He is never not in a seated position. This complicates dressing and undressing and toileting. To this point we have lifted him into a Molift stand aid and dressed that way before transferring but this is becoming near on impossible now due to us lifting all of his weight as he can no longer assist us.

    With the help of my old friend google, I have found a link for the following hoist sling which seems to allow access to the lower body which looks like it would make dressing and undressing a breeze, I can also see it useful for transfer to the commode to ease toileting difficulties, even the toileting sling does not account for removing clothes????

    http://www.liko.com/int/internationa...ts/MasterVest/

    Does anyone either use something similar or have any alternatives that we could try??

    Your wealth of knowledge and expertise will be challenged with this one.

    regards
    Claire

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    Hi Claire,

    Hopefully someone in a similiar situation can give you personal experience, but I'd suggest getting hubby's OT involved and she/he will assess which sling is best suited to his needs and to his physical capabilities - neck, core and leg strengths, as well as the transfer process. There may be a better, more suitable hoist than his current hoist.

    That standing transfer vest requires a good degree of weight bearing and good upper body control. There are high backed toiletting slings but IDK if they'd suit him, so it's best to get his OT involved - that's what they're there for afterall...

    (As an aside, Liko are a good brand - I've one of their slings for a sit-to-stand hoist)

    Hope you get sorted before you put your back out!!

    Love Ellie.
    ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Limb Onset.
    Eye gaze user - No working limbs - No speech - Feeding tube - Overnight NIV.

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