Different uses for ceiling track hoists

There are many uses for ceiling track hoists in healthcare environments. You might need to hoist someone to move them from one place to another, or you might only need to move them very slightly.

You can achieve many things using overhead hoists and ceiling track hoists. Here are some different ways you can hoist someone.

Transferring patients using a hoist

One of the primary uses for ceiling track hoists is to move and patient from one place to another. This could be from a bed to a chair or even between rooms.

Overhead hoist systems can vary in size to suit the person’s needs; the Integralift is ideal for bed to chair transfers, whereas full ceiling track systems are better suited when patients need to move between rooms and locations.

A lady helping someone transfer from their bed to a wheelchair using the Integralift
The Integralift hidden hoist is great for transfers to and from bed.

In places like SEN schools, hospitals, and care homes, you’ll want to use ceiling track hoists because they’re the safest and easiest way to transfer people.

Using a hoist to reposition someone

Overhead hoists are commonly used to reposition people when needed. If you have a patient or client in bed, then hoists can be used to help them roll over and move around if they struggle to do it independently.

Particularly with people who can’t roll over by themselves, you can use a ceiling track hoist to do the work for you. This is particularly useful for hygiene procedures.

Use a turning sling beneath the person and attach the fixings to your hoist tapes. You can then lift one side of the sling to roll the person over with ease and dignity.

You can also use an overhead hoist system to help a person sit up in bed. Using a universal shaped sling and only attaching the shoulder sections will help to pull the patient up to a sitting position.

Using a hoist for rehabilitation

Ceiling track hoists can also be used for rehabilitation purposes (particularly gait training). Hoists can help non-ambulant people build up muscle strength and balance.

You can attach a walking vest/harness to an overhead hoist to help keep a person on their feet and stable whilst they practice walking. The harness will provide good stability and support to allow the person to move and stay upright with no risk of falling over.

You can use gantry systems and other more temporary things, but a ceiling track hoist is an ideal solution. Particularly with a ceiling track hoist, your patient can walk the entire route and length of the system if needs be to make walking even easier.

There should always be a carer there supporting the person. You should also make sure that the person has some weight-bearing ability.


The uses for ceiling track hoists are never-ending and you can always find new ways to help move and handle people using an overhead system. Whether it’s for gait training or simple place-to-place transfers, ceiling track hoists are the best solution available.