Category: Architects Technical Information
What is your colour?
Posted on October 11, 2017
What is your colour? For many years’ artists, scientists and researchers have been interested in the psychology of colour. They found that colour can have a profound effect on the human mind and emotions; evoking memory, affecting mood and influencing behaviour.
- Cool colours create a sense of calm
- Yellow is a subtly optimistic, happy colour.
- White has long been a symbol of purity and cleanliness.
- Light reflecting colours create an illusion of space.
- Reds, oranges and browns make a space feel warm and welcoming.
OpeTrack Fixings and Considerations
Posted on July 12, 2017
In the thousands of installations OpeMed have completed, we have very rarely come across a project we could not create a fixing solution for. With over 20 years industry experience our specialists can ensure Ceiling Track is installed safely into every recommended installation. To help provide guidance and support, we have put together a quick explanation of the most common fixing types based upon the type of ceiling structure present, we hope you will find useful.
Please remember every installation is different, the below are a few examples of many options available.
OpeMed Release Five Brand New Case Studies
Posted on September 21, 2016
Working with clients across the country, OpeMed provide services to a wide range of institutions. These range from Motorway services, Hospitals, Schools, holiday homes and more, with many facilities requiring bespoke and considered solutions.
OpeMed hold seminar at Universal Design 2016 (UD2016)
Posted on August 2, 2016
We are delighted to announce that OpeMed are due to hold a seminar at Universal Design 2016 (UD2016) in York, 21 – 24 August 2016.
The conference will explore all aspects of universal design, design for all and inclusive design from both practical and theoretical viewpoints. We will aim to understand what has gone before to invent a better, more inclusive future.
New Removable Ceiling Hoist Puts Patient Care First
Posted on July 26, 2016
We’re delighted to announce the launch of our new removable ceiling hoist to the care industry this month, helping to address the need for more cost effective, flexible and modular patient lifting equipment to support patients in care.
The OpeMed OT200R Removable Ceiling Hoist is an updated version of our OT200 model, currently in popular use across the care industry. It offers a simple slide and lock mechanism making it ideal for nursing homes, hospitals and long term care where room requirements may change. Operating as a modular solution where tracks can be installed in every room, the OT200R can be easily re-located, saving time, money and distress for residents.
The OpeMed Guide for Architects
Posted on July 23, 2016
The OpeMed Best Practice Guide for Specialist Architect Projects – Saving architects time and questions, with a guide giving explanations to issues often asked during specialist projects.
Projects for residential properties such as care homes, hospitals and long term care facilities, involving the installation of disability equipment, can be fraught with unnecessary complications and time delays if they aren’t planned and designed correctly from the start.
OpeMed Guide: Door Header Detail Made Easy
Posted on April 22, 2016
Detail on door headers when a hoist track is passing from one room to another.
As sling technology has developed more and more users are hoisting from one room to another to save time and reduce risk of injury for the carer and the user. There are several ways of passing through a door with ceiling track. We explain the solutions available:
Incorporating Therapeutic Design in Hospitals
Posted on March 18, 2016
When considering design, vision and philosophy in a Hospital, thoughts should be centred on achieving the most therapeutic and functional buildings for patients. Specific targets around art work, the therapeutic environment, sustainability, design quality and compliance with Part M Building Regulations are paramount during the design stage. An example of such considerations is Farnham Road Hospital, Guildford. Although they have not installed Ceiling Hoists or Assisted Baths in this refurbishment, the considerations towards design is noteworthy.
OT200: Retrospective Fit to Existing Hoist Track
Posted on November 3, 2015
Replace the aged motor on your existing track with the OT200
The OT200 Compact Ceiling Hoist is the only ceiling hoist that is designed to work on your existing track. It may be that your overhead tracking has been installed for some time and the hoist motor (sometimes called overhead hoist) is old and now relying on expensive spare parts to keep working.
OT200 is designed to work on existing track
Significantly reduces the cost of replacing your ceiling hoist solution
Avoids expensive track installation
Prevents ongoing expensive spare parts
OpeMed Explained – Our Solutions for Transfer and Care
Posted on October 23, 2015
We are delighted to release our newest video “OpeMed Explained – Our Solutions for Transfer and Care “.
The video showcases OpeMed’s services and solutions. Follow our expert as he helps OpeMed customers choose the right equipment, ensuring carers can concentrate on giving their clients the care they deserve.
Working with the CAE
OpeMed and CAE have come together in 2015 to form a strategic partnership. As a strong figure in the inclusive world, the Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE) will work together with OpeMed to promote the Changing Places Campaign and the benefits of ensuring accessible toilets accross the U.K.
What is an XY Ceiling Hoist System or H System
Posted on September 7, 2015
XY Ceiling Hoist System or H System
We often get asked what is an XY Ceiling Hoist or H System (also known as an XY Overhead Hoist or an XY Hoist).
The simplest way to explain is an Ceiling Hoist motor that drives along a moving rail, that in turn slides up and down 2 parallel rails, allowing patient transfer anywhere within an “H” shape (hence the H system)…
Patient Transfer in Rehab & Hydrotherapy
Posted on September 2, 2015
Patient Transfer in Rehab & Hydrotherapy Centres
There are many solutions for best practice in Rehab, Physiotherapy and Hydrotherapy Centres that involve the correct patient transfer hoist and changing equipment laid out in the optimum way.
Patient Ceiling Hoist Track for Nursing Homes
Posted on August 26, 2015
Patient Ceiling Hoist Track for Nursing Homes
There are various decisions to be made by the client, architect and contractor when designing the optimum layout for a Patient Ceiling Track Hoist for Nursing Homes, whether it is the Ensuite Bedroom, Therapy Room or Assisted Bathroom.
Some initial questions that might help when first considering Ceiling Hoist Track for a Nursing Home, Hospice, Respite Centre or Care Home are:
Hoist Track Installed Flush in Ceiling
Posted on June 29, 2015
OpeMed Ceiling Hoist Track for optimum aesthetics can be installed flush or embedded in or into the ceiling.
Although care has to be made that ISO10535 and LOLER is not breached, installing the track in the ceiling, particularly for domestic or high end long term care provides a non-evasive installation of the Ceiling Hoist or Overhead Hoist Track.
The discreet OpeMed track, that is one of the smallest tracks on the market, can be fitted with a L shaped flange to allow the ceiling to but up against the track.
Transfer Equipment Training Sessions with OpeMed
Posted on June 24, 2015
Lunch and Learn: The Do’s and Don’t for Hygiene Rooms, Adaptations and Changing Places
Training sessions for architects are available from across a number of sectors to provide up to date information and guidance. As a supplier and advisor to a number of architectural practices, OpeMed have begun a series of transfer equipment training ‘CPD style’ sessions which aim to deliver accurate advice on equipment and best practices in:
Providing Inclusive Products and Design Elements
Posted on June 15, 2015
Inclusive, Accurate and Within Budget
As an expert in Transfer and Care projects of any size within Domestic Environments, Care Homes, Nursing Homes and Hospitals; our equipment is used for safe movement by many carers. OpeMed’s Hoisting, Lifting, Showering, Changing and Bathing equipment provides a wide choice of inclusive products as cost-effective options for adaptation.
Below are some of our top tips for how we ensure our architects get the best results for their project.
Ceiling Hoists & Pocket Doors (Sliding Doors)
Posted on May 6, 2015
Installing Your Multi-Room Ceiling Hoist
OpeMed are the experts at integrating our Patient Ceiling Hoists with Pocket Doors (or Sliding Doors) when connecting a Ceiling Hoist (or Overhead Hoist) from one room to another room.
This is typical in an ensuite bedroom where hoisting is required between rooms and integration needs to be made between the Ceiling Hoist Track and the Pocket Door.
Ceiling Track H Systems for Low Ceilings
Posted on April 24, 2015
When an H System (also known as an XY System for Ceiling Hoists) has been specified on a low ceiling (less than 2300mm) OpeMed can install its new flush H system, where the moving rail of the H system is at the same height as the parallel rails.
OpeMed specialise in bespoke solutions and other ways of ensuring optimum lifting height in a low ceiling environment is to use a flat spreader bar (where the spreader bar is not at an angle, gaining 70mm) or we can manufacture a sling with shorter straps to regain the lifting height.
Find us on Constructionline
Posted on April 18, 2015
Constructionline: Making the Buying Process from Quality Suppliers Simple
OpeMed are now listed on Constructionline; the high quality database of equipment suppliers for buyers looking for recommended and approved goods. As a supplier and consultant to many construction companies, OpeMed offers expertise on a wide range of patient handling equipment such as Ceiling Hoists, Through Floor Lifts, Baths, Shower Trolleys and Chairs and much more. As a manufacturer, we also provide bespoke solutions for challenging rooms including custom track solutions where we can CAD design a proposal which will work for you.