Substance and Style 2017-08-04T20:12:10+00:00

Substance and Style

Cost effective design techniques bring form and functionality when designing and building care homes.

Traditionally ceiling hoists and other patient support devices are relied on for their functional qualities rather than for aesthetics. Practicality comes first when the requirements for nursing homes and care establishments are being set out.

And yet there are ways to make disabled assistance equipment blend into the surroundings. Or make clever use of space, so that these practical appliances can be design-conscious too.

The safe and efficient transfer of patients is the primary consideration. But, as our years of experience have shown, with some added creative thinking, we can ensure both practicality and symmetry combine.

Seamless Design:

  • Consider flush and integrated tracking systems so unsightly rails or tracks are hidden into the ceiling.
  • Link rooms. Overhead hoist track that is integrated into door headers to allow a smooth transfer between rooms.
  • Size matters. Modern equipment means that smaller systems are available to meet the same needs. The OpeMed OT200 for example, is the smallest professional use hoist cassette on the market.
  • Curved tracks, hidden rails, and turntables offer creative ways to hide or seamlessly introduce equipment into each room.
Ceiling hoist
Architect

Make the Most of Space:

  • Review the space available alongside the different requirements of all the users and then ensure the best equipment to meet those needs. Sometimes multi-purpose equipment is available or systems can be integrated to meet a variety of needs.
  • H systems allow future proofing and ensure patient transfer is possible to all parts of the room.
  • Fold down changing tables or baths with integrated changing tables create space in already crowded environments.

Richer User Experiences:

Added extras can make the functionality of this equipment more enjoyable and beneficial to use, without considerable cost implications:

  • Review the space available alongside the different requirements of all the users and then ensure the best equipment to meet those needs. Sometimes multi-purpose equipment is available or systems can be integrated to meet a variety of needs.
  • H systems allow future proofing and ensure patient transfer is possible to all parts of the room.
  • Fold down changing tables or baths with integrated changing tables create space in already crowded environments.

Unless you are familiar with the design and installation of this type of specialist equipment, you may not be up to date with what is available or possible. Modern design techniques change all the time and, together with our industry leading R&D department in the Netherlands, we are always looking for new and creative ways to save space and improve the user experience.

In addition, installation is not always straightforward so it pays to get experienced experts in as soon as possible. At OpeMed, we work alongside architects and contractors to help bring bespoke ideas to meet a variety of needs in different environments – always with the safety and support of the customer – and the aesthetics of the room, top of mind.

Curved hoist track

Curved Hoist Track

Integrated changing table

Wall Mounted Changing Tables

Linked room (H System)

Integrated Hoist Track

Integrated hoist track

Linked Room (H System)