Category: Care Homes

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

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Striving for Improvement; How Redefining Hoist Design Is Preventing Accidents and Injury

Posted on August 3, 2018

Striving for Improvement; How Redefining Hoist Design Is Preventing Accidents and Injury for OpeMed customers.

Striving for Improvement; How Redefining Hoist Design Is Preventing Accidents and Injury for OpeMed customers.

A recent incident in a UK Care Home involving a resident …’dangling from a hoist after the sling slipped from its hooks…’ culminated in a fatality. A tragic accident and an avoidable occurrence that gives us all in this industry reason for inward reflection on the most important features of a Ceiling Hoist – Safety and Security.

As Hoist Manufacturers, it is with the crucial ‘bigger picture’ view that we can analyse situations of this type and apply knowledge gleaned from years in the industry to help prevent a repeat of such accidents. Specifically, in this case, those involving Hoist spreader bars and secure sling attachment.

Striving for Improvement; How Redefining Hoist Design Is Preventing Accidents and Injury for OpeMed customers.

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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

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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.

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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.
What is your Colour

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Bringing a ‘pop’ of colour with OpeMed

Posted on September 18, 2017

Bringing a pop of 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. It has been shown that colour can have physical effects, increasing blood pressure and affecting appetite, and can even cause eye strain.
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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.

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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:

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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.

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Ensuring a Cost Effective Adaptation Project

Posted on June 12, 2015

Timely, Cost-Effective and High Quality

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 products as cost-effective options for adaptation.

Below are some of our top tips for how we ensure our contractors get the best results for their project.

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Creating a High Quality Transfer and Care Project

Posted on June 9, 2015

Stylish, Accurate and Price Conscious

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 means of transfer and care for users.

Below are some of our top tips for how we ensure our clients get the best results for their project.

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LOLER Test and Weight Test for Patient Hoists

Posted on March 27, 2015

Our Policy on LOLER Testing and Weight Testing

OpeMed weight test each individual installation after install and also on each LOLER test. This is according to ISO10535, CE and LOLER. All our engineers are qualified to the latest standards and protocols.

Nearly all maintenance on the OT200 Ceiling Hoist can be completed when the hoist is on the rail, meaning less disturbance for the user and carers.

The lifting tape has an industry leading life-span, the batteries are standard off-the-shelf batteries and in combination with the quick servicing make the OT200 Ceiling Hoist the most cost-effective in the market.

LOLER Patient Hoist Weight Test
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Sling Assessments and Expert Advice

Posted on March 10, 2015

in situ sling

Transfer and Care Sling Assessments

At OpeMed we pride ourselves on offering a wide selection of transfer and care products to all of our customers, including our range of extensively used slings.

We provide comfortable all day slings, toileting slings, amputee slings, custom slings and paediatric sling alternatives for smaller clients (see range of slings). All of our slings are manufactured in the UK and come with wash-proof labelling.

With a combined experience of over 30 years in the industry, our product specialists offer personable and tailor made sling assessments to find the correct sling for each individual. Our product specialists cover the whole of the UK and will assess for sling suitability before each purchase to ensure the most accurate sling is prescribed. To book a sling assessment contact us.

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Patient Transfer System In Action

Posted on February 11, 2015

The Betty Transfer System

In a recent installation for live in or temporary day care, after-school care and outpatient care to children, adolescents and adults with physical disabilities, multiple disabilities or acquired brain injury. The 34-year-old user Martijn Fishermen lives partly at the centre and has recently received the help of our patient transfer system ‘Betty’ for his room.

A Betty patient transfer system is used when a care recipient no longer can get out of bed without help. With Betty, the care recipient itself able to perform to position the act of lying. The care recipient does not need to be supervised when in or out of bed by a healthcare professional. The tool takes a part of the act. “As a result of brain damage from lack of oxygen at birth, I became disabled” says Martijn who is very open. Martijn makes it immediately clear that he is dependent of living in an institution and using assistive tools. He lives partly at home with his mother and some days he lives independently within the centre. “At home I have some changes and I can look after myself, this equipment is all in preparation for the future. ”

the betty patient transfer system

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Sling Training with OpeMed

Posted on October 6, 2014

Sling Training Sessions on the OT200 Compact Ceiling Hoist

On Friday 3rd October, OpeMed held a sling training session for some of our customers. As experts in ceiling hoists and lifting users, we proudly have a range of slings for any application from hydrotherapy, to gait training, toileting and in-situ. We supply both clip and loop slings to customers which work with both our hook spreader bar or cradle system.

sling on OT200 spreader barWorking with an OT200 Spreader Bar

Each sling strap slides easily over separate hooks which means that the straps are kept apart for added comfort, this also saves time on sling adjustment and reinforces a safe element to the process.

 

Ceiling Hoisting: Evidence Based Success

Posted on July 7, 2014

Clinical Studies and Publication Prove that Ceiling Hoisting is Beneficial to User and Carer

Using high quality ceiling hoists such as the OT200 Compact is scientifically proven and backed up by prestigious research to show the positive effects of working with an overhead lifting system to achieve optimum moving and handling transfers.

Patient lifting hoists

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patients tend to prefer ceiling lifts to either floor lifts or manual handling, and that staff generally find ceiling lifts to be the least demanding method of patient handling. (Algamir 2009, Dutta 2012.)

Alamgir et al. 2008 conclude that investment in ceiling lifts can be recouped within 2-6 years (depending on whether direct or indirect costs are measured) as a result of the significant decline in musculoskeletal injuries after intervention.

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Residential Care Accessible Rooms

Posted on July 1, 2014

OpeMed Create Accessible Rooms with Hoists for Somerset Residents

OpeMed have been involved in the brand new purpose built residential care home featuring 25 accessible rooms with overhead hoists in Somerset, South West England. Opening in Summer 2014, the brand new care home features 55 bedrooms for a multitude of care services.

 

Somerset ceiling hoists

OpeMed have worked with the design and architecture teams to create practical overhead hoist (also known as ceiling hoist) solutions for bedrooms, bathrooms and specialist bariatric suites by installing award winning OT200 Ceiling Hoists.

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Ceiling Hoist Multi-Room Access

Posted on June 26, 2014

Fitting Ceiling Hoist Multi-Room Access

As part of our unique support offering to customers, we aim to ensure that we can create a practical solution for your ceiling hoist and ceiling tracking in any multi-room environment. Our ceiling hoist solutions are guaranteed to offer our customers increased flexibility, reduced transfers, safety and a smooth ride.

The design team at OpeMed can design multi-room hoisting to suit your project via a number of methods:

– OpeMed can supply and fit portable hoists, transferrable from room to room via simple hook and fixed track

– OpeMed can create ceiling hoist track which traverses through the door header into the en-suite/bedroom using a variety of different methods. The best solution is where the track forms part of the door header, and a taller than normal door is used so when the door is shut there is no gap for light or noise to transfer through from room to room. If this is not possible then a cutout can be made between the top of the door and the ceiling.

– OpeMed can design a gate system which enables multi-room access with no additional transfer required

Room to room hoist system

When a door header cannot be removed our Portable system can transfer under the door header

ceiling hoist track and door header

If special height doors cannot be used, the other option is for a small opening between the door header and the ceiling

ceiling track room to room

The ideal solution is for the track to form part of the door header, then when the door is shut there is no light or noise pollution

ceiling hoist solution bedroom to ensuite

If a gap above the standard door is chosen this is often the most cost effective method

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Compact Ceiling Hoist from OpeMed

Posted on June 17, 2014

New Compact Ceiling Hoist – Modern Design 30% Smaller

The New OT200 Compact Ceiling Hoist, uses our unique “Gravity Charging System” and “No-tools emergency lower” that has allowed the OT200 to be the fastest selling Ceiling Hoist in the market.

These proven features are now combined with a new industry leading design that reduces the size of the motor by over 30% and creates a modern and non-obtrusive look.

 

 

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Install a Patient Hoist into Any Room

Posted on June 10, 2014

Hoisting in the most awkward of spaces or strange room layout?

OpeMed can install a patient hoist into any room…

ceiling track hoist solution

As specialists in Ceiling Hoists for Nursing Homes to Domestic or Hospital environments, OpeMed have great exposure to a wide range of room types and sizes.

It is not often straight forward to install Ceiling Hoists and Patient Hygiene Equipment into the desired location- but by no means impossible! This is where our years of experience and expertise in the technicalities of installing hoisting equipment are apparent.

OpeMed custom design a CAD solution for any shape of room and for any budget. We can manufacture any length or curve tracking and we are able to assign ceiling or wall posts to fit into awkward or small spaces.

 

 

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