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    Casa 180 Mobile Hoist -A new disabled hoist for sale

    Disabled hoist for sale from Multicare

    Multicare are pleased to announce the launch of a new disabled hoist for sale. the Casa 180 is an entry level hoist with advanced features that make it perfect for the demands of the care home environment.

    The Casa 180s a lightweight and versatile lifting hoist for use when transferring individuals. Use of the Casalift is facilitated considerably by its wide leg width adjustment, allowing easy manoeuvrability around furniture and other obstacles. The ultra-portable hoist can be dismantled for transportation, or for storage after use.


    Easy to move

    The Casa 180 offers you easy manoeuvrability and access due to it’s four high quality easy running castors and wide leg width adjustment. The lightweight frame is easy to move into position, allowing the user to achieve a lower lifting position from the floor whilst the wide leg adjustment means it can go around wheelchairs and shower chairs, ye it is compact enough for easy access through domestic doorways.

    Excellent lifting range

    The Casa 180 has a high lifting range and safe working load of 180kg (28 stone) for greater versatility and maximum flexibility, ensuring that you can lift even the largest person confidently. An ergonomic, user friendly handset features patient lifting symbols for easy identification, as well as recessed buttons to reduce the chance of unintended operation if the handset is dropped.To keep the working area neat and tidy the handset features a magnetic back, making it easy to secure to the hoist for added safety.

    High quality components

    the high quality Linak actuator features emergency lowering function, which is easier to control than a traditional quick release actuator and harder to misuse giving staff confidence. It also features an exchangeable cable which allows for cable damage to be rectified by replacing just the cable, rather than the whole actuator. Control box features emergency stop and lowering functions, as well as an acoustic low battery alarm which emits an alert at 50% battery level.

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    Changing Places Design

    What is an XY ceiling track hoist?

    XY ceiling track hoist – all you need to know

    An XY ceiling track hoist (sometimes called an H frame ceiling track hoist) is a ceiling track hoist system for moving disabled persons that offers complete coverage of the area, enabling fast and smooth transfers from one location to another.

    It consist of two fixed primary parallel rails with a secondary traverse rail mounted to them, and a hoist mounted to the traverse rail. The traverse rail moves along the length of the parallel rails, enabling the hoist to cover the complete area underneath them.

    It is known as an XY hoist system, as the hoist moves on the X axis and the Y axis  It is also called a ‘H’ frame, as in plan view the system forms an ‘H’. It is sometimes known as a ‘room covering’ system, although this is less common, as the may not always cover the whole room.

    Watch the video below to see an XY hoist system in action (Courtesy of V.Guldmann A/S)

    Benefits of an XY ceiling track hoist

    There are many benefits to the XY layout, some of which are summarised below.

    • TIME – The XY ceiling track hoist layout enables users to move directly between wheelchair/bed/showerchair by taking the most direct route, saving time.
    • SAFETY – As an XY hoist is quicker, the patient is less time in the hoist, reducing the risk.
    • COMFORT – The patient is in the hoist for a shorter amount of time, reducing the discomfort of being hoisted.
    • COVERAGE – If there is a mobile patient, who has a fall within the room, the hoist is always available to assist in lifting them up.

    In summary a XY hoist system will decrease the time your carers spend hoisting – thereby reducing your costs, the risks to them and the patient will be minimised, reducing the risk of an accident. Patients being hoisted will be happier and more comfortable making for a much more pleasurable hoisting experience.

    Design options

    H frame hoists can be designed in may ways to meet varying needs. The parallel rails can be as long as required – providing there is sufficient structural fixings along the length of the track. The traverse rail can be up to 8 metres long, and can be hung underneath the parallel rails, or set in between them.

    The H frame hoist can also link to other systems via a combi lock gate locking system. This enable the hoist to traverse into another room, where it can connect to a straight track, or even another H frame ceiling track hoist system.

    DOWNLOAD LAYOUT DRAWING Generic XY ceiling track hoist layout – Basic layout

    Please contact us for bespoke drawings for your project.


    Fixing options

    There are many fixing options for the XY hoist systems as listed below.

    • CEILING FIX – Probably the most common, ceiling fixings can be mounted to steel, timber or concrete. Each fixing has to be strong enough to take the SWL of the hoist, plus a 50% safety margin.
    • END WALL FIX – H frame hoists can be mounted at each end of the parallel rails to either solid walls of=r stud walls strengthened with pattresses. If the track is being mounted this way, the maximum length of the parallel rail is 8 metres.
    • SIDE WALL FIX using our new innovative wall rail system, the primary parallel rails can be mounted to the side walls of the room. Not only does this look incredibly neat, but it can also be fitted to a single skin plasterboard wall.

    In summary the XY ceiling track hoist is the ideal ceiling hoist solution where access to multiple points in a room is required – fast safe and simple to operate, it has many benefits over the traditional straight track, or turntable.


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    Illegal Moving and Handling Techniques

    Illegal Moving and Handling Techniques – Is there such a thing?

    During our training we are often asked the question Are there illegal moving and handling techniques? The strict answer is ‘no’, there are no moving and handling techniques that have been specifically banned by legislation. However there are moving and handling handling techniques that are highly controversial and are banned in most modern care environments. Rather than being called illegal manual handling techniques we call the practices ‘Controversial lifts’.

    If there was an accident involving a controversial lift, it would be very hard to defend the action, expert witness would identify the controversial lift and ask questions why it was employed. So ensure you and your staff know what controversial lifts are and make sure that no-one in your organisation is using them!

    What lifts are controversial?

    below is a list of controversial lifts that have effectively been banned and therefore could be classed as illegal moving and handling techniques. For a more thorough explanation of these lifts, book onto one of our training courses, where they will be explained in greater detail, along with the reasons that they are controversial.

    The Drag Lift

    This refers to lifting or supporting a patient under the armpit by use of the carers crook of the elbow. It could be used to lift someone up the bed, support to a standing position or to lift off the floor. THis lift puts strain on the patient’s shoulders, transfers strain to the lumbar region of eth carers back and could create shear forces damaging to the skin. Additionally the patient is encouraged by this action to be passive, making the carer do most of the heavy lifting, creating a risk for carer and patient.

    The Orthodox Lift

    A lift where two carers stand either side of a patient and form a cradle with their hands, arms and wrist in order to lift and move a patient. As the lift is done at arms length there is an immediate risk, and the position puts immense strain on the carer lumbar region.

    Lifting with the Person’s Arms around the Carer’s Neck

    A carer places their arms under the person’s shoulders and hands around the back. This is a high risk transfer, especially if the chair is a low back chair. This relies on the momentum of the carer to get a person to sa standing position and there is no control over the person’s lower back or pelvis and if something goes wrong.

    Through Arm Lift

    A technique used to lift a person from bed or backwards from a bed into a wheelchair where two carers face the bottom of the bed sitting behind the patient.  The carers link arms behind the patients back and under the person’s knees or thighs and the person is lifted. This lift is operated at a distance from the carers spine, putting strain on the spine and there is twisting and risk of injury to the carers shoulders.

    Walking a Person Linking Arms

    A carer and patient linking arms when walking is a high risk activity as the carer may take most of the patient’s body weight and will take all of it if they stumble or fall, resulting in injury to the carer.

    Combined Lift

    A lift where one carer uses a shoulder lift and the other faces the opposite way placing an inner hand under the person’s sacrum. Both carers hold a handling sling placed under the person’s thighs. This is a high risk activity and has the same dangers as the drag lift.

    Flip Turn on Bed

    To move a patient across the bed, one or two carers place both hands under the patient moving the person towards them and then roll away in one movement. This is a high risk activity because the load is taken at distance from the carer’s body.

    For more information on these, or other controversial lifts, visit the HSE or RCN website.

    Don’t take the risk on illegal moving and handling techniques- book your training today

    If you want to ensure that these techniques are never used in your establishment why not book  atrining session today? Our inspirational trainers will

    • Explain why these lifts are banned
    • Explain the consequences
    • Offer alternatives

    Call us on 0800 298 6000 or fill in the form below to enquire about our training programme.

    Hoist Training for Carers – How important is it?

    Hoist Training for Carers – why it is so important

    Hoist training for carers is one of the most important, yet one of the most overlooked, aspects of training in the caring sector today. Poor manual handling practice can lead to a range of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) including upper limb disorders, lower limb disorders and back pain. These can result in long term injury, maybe forcing carers off work on long time sick, and could potentially lead to legal action. According to the HSE there were 469,000 workers suffering from a work related MSD in 2017/18, with over 6.6 million working days lost due to MDS!. So what can you do as a responsible employer to prevent the cost, disruption and emotional toll from these injuries?

    Prevention is better than cure!

    It is an old saying, but in this case it is true. These types of MDS are not one of ‘freak’ injuries (although that could happen) Generally they are a build up from months or years of incorrect posture, over extension of muscles and limbs, and the result of poor practice. By instituting a programme of hoist training for carers, you have a golden opportunity to prevent these injuries , although this may cost more initially, in the long term it will save you time, money and aggravation.

    Hoist Training for carers – Contact us today on 024 7647 2600 to discuss your requirements

    Hoist Training for carers – what should be included

    Any good hoist training programme should include as a minimum the following

    • Legislation – An overview of current legislation and how it applies in the workplace
    • Risk Assessment/Care Plan – the importance of Risk Assessments and Care Plans, and how to write them and read them
    • Banned Lifts – Which lifts are banned and why. Carers may have fallen in to bad practice and not even be aware that lifts they are using are banned. It is important that these are identified and stopped.
    • Practical training – Often many carers have fallen into bad habits, and a practical session will reinforce the theoretical training and embed in into the carers consciousness. Beware of online courses that do not offer practical sessions.
    • Personalisation – It is important that any training is personalised to the exact challenges and problems that carers face day to day. Our trainers have a wealth of experience that they can bring to any situation to help solve the challenges you and your carers face.

    Fill in the form below to talk to us about our training options.

    Motorway Services - Changing Places

    Why fit a Changing Places in a motorway services

    The importance of Changing Places

    Over a quarter of a million severely disabled people in the UK, including those with profound and multiple learning disabilities, don’t have access to public toilet facilities that meet their needs. As a result, these people can’t participate in the day-to-day activities that so many of us take for granted.

    Standard accessible (’disabled’) toilets don’t provide changing benches or hoists, and most are too small to accommodate more than one person.

    Without Changing Places toilets, severely disabled persons are put at risk. Families or carers are forced to change them on toilet floors, in the back of their car, or a number of other places that are equally unhygienic and undignified. This puts the individual and the person administering the care at risk.

    Don’t miss out on opportunities

    Statistics show that only 20% of motorway service stations provide a Changing Places toilet. This can restrict people with disabilities from travelling long distances as they don’t have access to facilities they require.

    Providing Changing Places not only allows users to enjoy the services available but also offers a new stream of revenue to Motorway Services and the businesses within.

    You can also tell people via social media or PR about the facilities and accessibility you offer to boost your ‘disability friendly’ reputation!!

    Great news of more funding!

    Department for Transport’s Strategy includes a commitment to provide £2 million funding for the purpose of getting more Changing Places toilets installed at motorway service stations across England.

    This money from the Department for Transport would mean that over ¼ million people with severe disabilities and their families will be able to travel easily and comfortably on the road network, safe in the knowledge that they can access toilets and facilities that meet their needs.

    Cash in on the purple pound

    According to Government research the money that households with a disabled person spend is estimated to be worth £212 billion.

    This figure is known as the ‘purple pound’ and relates to all the disabled people in the UK.

    Whilst many of these people can use a standard accessible (’disabled’) toilet, there’s still a huge number of profoundly disabled people whose families are having to carefully plan any day out, because so few organisations cater for their needs.

    Planning a Changing Places toilet? – Contact us today

    Any questions don’t hesitate to call us on 0800 298 6000 or drop us a line to sales@multicaremedical.co.uk

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    Product Focus – Guldmann GH1 Ceiling Hoist

    Ceiling mounted hoist that is user friendly, powerful and fast

    The GH1 patient hoist has been designed to deal with day-to-day lifting needs typically encountered in care environments. It takes up little space, is easy to operate and helps make lifting and moving processes safe, simple and comfortable for user and care staff alike. All GH1 lifting modules are user-friendly, powerful and fast; they are designed for permanent/semi-permanent installation in ceiling- or wall-mounted rails. The unit is operated via a simple hand control unit, quickly and easily lifting users weighing up to 255 kg. The soft exterior conceals a hard heart. Lithium Ion batteries combined with a twin speed motor create a hard working, reliable hoist that will lift over and over again without letting you down. Without weight the GH1 lifts twice as fast, enabling carers to move the hoist from the working area quickly giving more time to focus on patient care.


    The GH1 hoist is an excellent option where there is a limited budget due to its accessible pricing. Designed and manufactured by world renowned Danish hoist manufacturer Guldmann, it represents excellent value for money, combining quality and affordability.

    Safety first

    The GH1 puts patient and carer safety first. With anti-twist strap device, emergency stop, emergency lower and anti-rewind strap device, the GH1 ensures that you are always lifting and lowering safely.

    Easy to charge

    A dedicated handset charging system makes the GH1 very easy to charge. After use, simply by plugging the handset into the holder, charging starts automatically. Not only does this ensure that hoist is ready for its next use – it also keeps the handset out of harms way.

    Contact us

    For any further information call us on 0800 298 6000 or email sales@multicaremedical.co.uk

    Changing Places Design

    Experience your new Changing Places in 3D!

    See your Changing Places before it’s built

    If you’re planning on installing a Changing Places facility in your organisation you can see what it will look like before it’s built! We are pleased to be able to offer not only quotations for your Changing Places but also CAD drawings and 3D visualisations to help make the project become more of a reality.

    Below are listed some of the benefits of having 3D visualisations of what will be your finished project.

    Main benefits of 3D visualization of your project

    1. Enhances & Improves Visual Communication – Many, if not the majority of people learn well when they can see something in the best possible way. From the earliest stages of a project, those invested in the project need to be able to see what it is going to look like once completed.
    2. Easily Show Concepts and Options for a Project – There are usually many options and concepts for any project. This could include different looks and designs. A project rendering can quickly and effectively show project managers and clients what the different options will look like.
    3. Precise and Accurate Renderings – We use actual CAD data, Google Earth and project images, technical drawings and other accurate information to create accurate, high definition visualizations.
    4. Easy to Distribute – It’s very difficult to work with and distribute physical copies of drawings or renderings. It’s much simpler to upload documents and then send a link to the people involved in a project than to email back and forth large files.
    5. Virtual Reality – Virtual Reality is going to take over the world very quickly! You can now simply attach a virtual device to your phone allowing you to view videos in a virtual reality setting.
    6. Easily Marketable and Shareable – With Social Media taking over the world it is important to be able to utilize these channels to get your content to the masses. A 3D visualization is a great way to market a concept or project to the public!
    7. Catch Problems BEFORE Construction – Because we build your project virtually in 3D using actual design data, we have found that this process is invaluable in finding potential problems or design issues that typically can be easily missed.

    Our experience with Changing Places toilets

    We have extensive experience in installing Changing Places and can offer professional support and advice on any project. We are also proud to have completed multiple Changing Places including one at the iconic Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre in London. We offer complete turn-key solutions including the installation and equipment that meets all the regulatory requirements.  Click on the links to see our Blogs on latest installations: Gloucester University  / Southbank Centre

    Planning a Changing Places? – Contact us today

    Call us on 0800 298 6000 or email sales@multicaremedical.co.uk one of the team will be happy to assist you.

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    New wall rail system with no need for structural support

    Hoist rail system – The wall rail system with no need for structural support

    Fixing ceiling hoists to walls with no structural support is now made possible with the wall rail system. This makes the system perfect for pre-fabricated buildings with stud walls, buildings where there is no structural support in the roof, and rooms with very high ceilings.

    The unique new hoist system covers the whole room, giving the maximum amount of coverage with a traverse rail which can cover up to 5 metres with a total maximum SWL of 255 kg (40 stone).

    The innovative design means that small discrepancies in the width of the room can be overcome without any special adaptions whilst the narrow profile and concealed fixings ensure that the wall rail appears discreet and stylish, blending into the decor of the room.  LED lights can also be mounted underneath the rails for atmospheric lighting effects, and a cupboard can be built to hide the hoist when not in use.

    Revolution in fixing

    These wall rails are a revolution in fixing and can be fitted not only to brick and block walls, but also to plasterboard (stud) walls with no further structural support required, giving great flexibility for mounting the rail system. The system has been designed in conjunction with structural engineers and a safety factor of 50% is built in to the design. Upon completion every system is weight tested to a multiplier of 1,5 of the Safe Working Load to meet BS EN 10535 standard.

    The ongoing benefits using wall rail hoist systems

    A point that is often overlooked when considering fixing methods for ceiling hoists, is future and ongoing maintenance requirements. By law these hoists must be serviced every 6 months under the LOLER 1998 regulations. By bringing all fixings beneath ceiling level, working at height risks are greatly reduced and the maintenance process is simplified.

    Why use Multicare Medical?

    We are proud to provide complete solutions for care facilities of all kinds,offering professional support for their inclusion in your projects / refurbishments or whatever your specific need may be.  Our aim is to help and support you every step of the way, to ensure that projects are delivered on time and within budget.  We can also assist with finance and leasing schemes.

    Call 0800 298 6000 today to arrange your free site survey or to discuss your needs.

    Alternatively can simply complete our contact form below:

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    Product Focus – Changing Couches

    Quality Changing Couches

    We offer a range of high quality, fixed or power adjusted nursing/changing couches designed to provide a stable platform suitable for changing adults and children in a variety of settings: schools, day care centres, institutions, hospitals and private homes.

    The wall mounted changing couches can be used for showering and changing, and offer the ultimate in safety with integral side rails and other safety features.

    The Pressalit 3000 Series is the ultimate wall mounted changing bench, with a Safe Working Load of 200kg (31.5 stone) It is easy to operate, and with a water collection tray, easy to clean and maintain. The 2000 series offer affordable showering with a removable mesh surface and also has a water collection tray. The 1000 Series couch is an ideal budget couch for situations where funding is restricted. It offers Pressalit quality for a budget price.

    Use of Changing Couches

    Wall mounted changing couches are perfect for multi user environments such as Changing Places rooms and school changing areas. The height adjustment feature means that users can either side transfer from a wheelchair, or sit on the couch, prior to it being raised to a safe height for the carers.

    What we offer

    Multicare offer a site survey and installation service by fully trained engineers. We can also look after the ongoing servicing and maintenance of the equipment to ensure that is is kept in good working order.

    Contact us today

    Call us today on 0800 298 6000 or email sales@multicaremedical.co.uk one of the team will be happy to assist you.

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