The objective of the project is to produce a wheelchair with an integral hoist system. This will allow for more independent living, a reduced need for lifting and manual handling from care takers and a reduction in the number of costly disability aids within the home.
The Homehoist system will function initially as an everyday wheelchair, but at certain positions within the home will be able to attach to dedicated floor clamps and lift the user from the wheelchair and rotate them through 180 degrees to the toilet, the shower, a sofa, or a bed. If other areas of the home need to be accessed the hoist section of Homehoist is able to be detached and used independently.
A consortium of 4 companies and 2 research institutes have been formed to take charge of the development of this project to a commercial level. The research will be scientific and detailed and will take into consideration all patient biomedical requirements, European standards and safety regulations. The project will be funded by the European Funding scheme: Research for Benefit of SMEs - FP7-SME-2012. We believe we have identified a novel design solution to the difficulty, comfort and costs associated with lifting a cerebral palsy patient.
The primary aim of the project is to develop an integrated wheelchair and hoist system capable of independent use by a cerebral palsy patient with upper body strength. We will build and test a demonstration prototype. Post project we will invest in the design to develop it to production level.