Category: Builders & Contractors Technical Information

Go Green for 2019! – The Hybrid Powered Ceiling Hoist

Posted on January 18, 2019

A New Year Welcomes New Opportunity

It’s that time of year again; the time for cleanses and detoxes, to shrug off the old year and its inevitable conclusion of consumption and excess to beckon in a fresh new one and start again in a cleaner, brighter way. We often keep the focus more introspective, and after a few months of scrutiny on the needs of family and friends who can blame us for wanting to reflect our attention inwards? Whether on our health and diet, our physical or mental fitness, it is unavoidably the time for reassessing goals and making resolutions and commitments – often to tidying up our lifestyles.

With the focus so intently trained on self-improvement, it’s easy to neglect to look at the environment that we inhabit, the wider world that we impact every day. If we can tidy our lifestyles to improve our own health, then tidying our lifestyles to improve the health of the planet is only a step ahead.

Go Green for 2019! - The Hybrid Powered Ceiling Hoist


Dispelling the whispers; Discover how Changing Places can be cost effective

Posted on October 12, 2018

Changing Places Toilets can change lives; allowing access to places most of us take for granted and offering dignity and basic human rights to some of the most vulnerable people.

With Ceiling Hoist systems and electrically height adjustable equipment, such as the adult sized Changing Table and often a Washbasin, they are surely an expensive enterprise. Speaking with Industry Specialists, it is clear that rumours of the staggering costs – some believe around £40,000 – have given rise to hesitation to commit to such a project. And although you can’t put a price on the freedom, safety and dignity that a Changing Places toilet affords a disabled person and their family, the money still needs to be found.


SurveyPlan Success as Irish Dealers Roll-Out App

Posted on September 27, 2018

As part of the rollout of our industry-leading Ceiling Hoist Layout software ‘SurveyPlan‘, OpeMed’s exclusive Southern Irish dealer, MMS Medical, has become the latest to launch this brand new system. MMS has deployed this state-of-the-art technology to all their field and office based sales representatives, enabling them to more efficiently provide Ceiling Hoist solutions to Homecare, Schools, Nursing Homes and Hospitals across the Republic of Ireland.

SurveyPlan Success as Irish Dealers Roll-Out App


What is an XY Ceiling Hoist System or H Track Ceiling Hoist System 2019?

Posted on August 30, 2018

What is an XY Ceiling Hoist System or H Track Ceiling Hoist System?

We often get asked what is an XY Ceiling Hoist System or H Track Ceiling Hoist System? (also known as an XY Overhead Hoist or an XY Hoist).

XY or H Frame Systems are the most common means of mounting a Ceiling Hoist. Consisting of two fixed lengths of track running parallel to one another, with a moveable track suspended between the two, the Ceiling Hoist can run along the moveable track either manually or powered. The moveable track then runs along both parallel rails which effectively offers access to the entire area.

The name XY or H Frame Systems are derived purely to describe the physical shape; XY implies the vertical and horizontal Y and X axis of a graph indicating the full manoeuvrability across the XY axis, and the H – to put simply – because the moving track is positioned under and between the two parallel fixed tracks resembling the letter H.

What is an XY Ceiling Hoist System or H Track Ceiling Hoist System


SurveyPlan – Demonstrating the Best Solutions for Transfer and Care 2018

Posted on August 8, 2018

SurveyPlan – Demonstrating the Best Solutions for Transfer and Care 2018

OpeMed’s SurveyPlan is a floor plan creation app that allows us to create dimensioned floor plans without actively measuring or drawing. With its Augmented Reality technology, we can capture spaces quickly and create simple layout designs to support your project.

Add to that the bank of OpeMed equipment and parts – your OpeMed Product Specialist can plan your Ceiling Hoist and assisted bathroom layouts in a matter of minutes.

SurveyPlan - Demonstrating the Best Solutions for Transfer and Care 2018


Charity Keeps Giving; Martha Trust Completes Rehabilitation Project

Posted on July 6, 2018

Charity Keeps Giving; Martha Trust Completes Rehabilitation Project with Hydrotherapy room

Martha Trust is a wonderful charity providing respite and day care for those with profound physical and multiple learning difficulties. Their mission is to provide not only quality care but the opportunity for their residents to achieve their full potential and enjoy a stimulating and an active a life as possible.

We’ve worked continuously with Martha Trust over the years, supplying Ceiling Hoists and Assisted Baths to equip their state-of-the-art facilities. To allow the latest hydro and physiotherapies, and provide a secure and safe home for over 33 young people and adults, OpeMed has been assisting with projects at the purpose-built nursing care homes for over 8 years.

Charity Keeps Giving; Martha Trust Completes Rehabilitation Project


Easy as 1, 2, 3: A Changing Places Installation Story

Posted on March 14, 2018

Changing Places are fantastic facilities; an improvement on the standard disabled toilets, they encompass a range of specialist equipment in order to allow people with many different needs to use the loo safely and with dignity. In this article, ‘Easy as 1, 2, 3: A Changing Places Installation Story’ we hope to provide you with a quick overview on how Changing Places do not need to be difficult to install.

When considering Changing Places projects, the design, plan and budget for such toilets are often months in the making – sometimes even years. And yet they seem to pop up overnight, and in the space of 24-48 hours, an empty room becomes a fully inclusive toilet fit for just about everyone.

Whilst it seems a romantic notion, we’ve debunked the myth with a step-by-step collection of in-progress images from one of our installation team. Taken during a recent Changing Places installation at Market Yard Toilet Block for Mendip Borough Council, the photos offer a peak under the curtain to see what is entailed.

Easy as 1, 2, 3: A Changing Places Installation Story


Thinking Outside the Box; Modular Changing Places Solutions

Posted on March 5, 2018

Many reservations for installing Changing Places facilities surround limitations in space, particularly in historical and completed buildings. Maintaining focus on purely internal adaptations can really limit what is possible and even halt such a project all together.

Thinking Outside the Box

But when we think a little outside the box, the solution becomes obvious – taking Changing Places literally outside! Installing Changing Places in pre-fabricated modular units can be, and has been, a fantastic means including Changing Places toilets in places where there isn’t a suitable space to install one inside of a building. It also provides the benefits of minimising any disruption to the existing buildings, as the installation of equipment is completed off-site; our modular facilities are delivered and lifted into position fully finished.

Thinking Outside the Box; Modular Changing Places Solutions


Benefits of Ceiling Hoists for Gait Training Guide

Posted on March 1, 2018

A Ceiling Hoist is a multi-purpose tool that really pulls its weight, not only providing the means for transfers for patients from bed to chair or bed to bathroom for example, but also assisting in their rehabilitation and physiotherapy through gait training.

Benefits of Ceiling Hoists for Gait Training Guide


OpeMed Brand New ‘Design and Approach to Installing Changing Places’ Guide

Posted on February 21, 2018

The updated BS8300:2018 is now in place.  The British Standard takes the form of guidance and recommendations, and this particular iteration refers directly to Changing Places toilets and what is required to create a fully compliant facility.

Of course, nobody wants to be caught out where the standard has introduced new changes, but reading through can be a time-consuming process. As Co-Sponsors of the Changing Places campaign, we amalgamated the new BS8300 recommendations with the Changing Places Guide and our knowledge as suppliers and installers to create a new ‘Design and Approach to Installing Changing Places’ Guide.

Design and Approach to Installing Changing Places


Best Ceiling Hoist for Your Project in 2018

Posted on January 4, 2018

Best Ceiling Hoist for Your Project in 2018

All you need to know to choose Ceiling Hoists with our quick guide – Best Ceiling Hoist for Your Project in 2018

If you have a project on the horizon where Ceiling Hoist or Overhead Hoist provisions are required, it can be a confusing enterprise deciding which is right for the given environment. The Best Ceiling Hoist for Your Project in 2018 is a quick guide designed to breakdown the different types of Ceiling Hoists available and where they can work best.


The Use of Hoists in Guest Accommodation

Posted on November 2, 2017

The Use of Hoists in Guest Accommodation: a Publication that outlines the best practice and ideal solutions when considering an inclusive guest environment.

Working in an advisory capacity, OpeMed are very pleased to have offered our technical expertise to the Inclusive Hotels Network on their latest publication, The Use of Hoists in Guest Accommodation.

As manufacturers of Ceiling Hoists, OpeMed gave consultative information on technical aspects of the hoist as well as providing case studies from installations on previous projects and experience led tips on optimising accessibility in accommodation environments.

The second document offered from the IHN, it is meant as an impartial and comprehensive resource for those in the Hotel and Hospitality Industry, Construction Industry professionals and anyone looking to improve their knowledge on the legislation and application around accessibility in guest accommodation.

The Use of Hoists in Guest Accommodation: a Publication



Ceiling Hoist 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 Ceiling Hoist fixings and considerations based on 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.

Ceiling Hoist Fixings and Considerations

SEN Equipment Taken Seriously

Posted on May 17, 2017

SEN Bathroom and Classroom Equipment

Almost a fifth of children in Britain are identified as having special educational needs (SEN). It is estimated that around 7 per cent of children are disabled and a significant number of children have both SEN and a disability. Most children with SEN and disabilities are educated in mainstream schools. Around one per cent of the total school population is educated in special schools.

Part of OpeMed’s SEN Patient Handling Equipment offering is our ability to listen and adapt to what our SEN customers really need. We have completed multiple SEN projects across the country, working closely with the architect, main contractor and school. Requiring both adaptations of existing facilities (classrooms, assisted bathrooms and sensory rooms etc.) and the creation of Hoisting and Changing solutions for new build additions.


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 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:


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
OT200: Retrospective Fit to Exsisting Hoist Track

OpeMed Explained – Our Solutions for Transfer and Care

Posted on October 23, 2015

OpeMed Explained

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.


OpeMed Awarded CHAS Accreditation

Posted on September 22, 2015

OpeMed - Now a Chas Accredited Contractor

OpeMed awarded CHAS Accreditation – Health and Safety at OpeMed

In the U.K. there are over 200 fatalities each year in accidents, over one million people injured and over two million suffer illnesses caused by, or made worse by, their work. Working to prevent accidents and ill health caused by work is a key priority to OpeMed during our installations of Ceiling Hoists, Adjustable Baths, Through Floor Lifts and Changing Tables.


Patient Ceiling Hoist Track for Nursing Homes

Posted on August 26, 2015

Nursing Home Ceiling Track Hoist

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: