Our concept is to design a wheelchair that can also be used as a hoist system to assist the user to be more independent and prevent the carer from having to manually lift them. The device will be able to be used to transfer to the toilet, shower, comfortable chair and bed.

When away from the home the hoist will be able to detach from the wheelchair once it has lifted the user to allow it to be moved, under power, to areas within another’s home, such as the toilet. The hoist will reattach and store on the wheelchair in general use, with minimal weight and aesthetic effects, allowing it to be available whenever it is needed. It is important to the consortium that the styling of the device should be as minimalist as possible; the device should look appealing and not bulky and ugly. This will increase its appeal in the market place when it is sold.

Incorporating a hoist into a current piece of commonly used care equipment will overcome the limitations of the current solutions by:
  • Allowing the user to be lifted by the hoist itself as a result of the front underarm lifting, rather than in a sling, therefore lifting in a comfortable non intrusive manner.
  • Allowing the patient to be able to control the system and use it independently.
  • Being fast to use, as it is able to use floor clamps for stability.
  • Preventing the carer from having to lift the patient; maintaining their health.
  • There being only a single device in the home; the floor clamps will be designed to be discreet, reducing the disabling look of the home.
  • Being a single device; it will be less expensive for the purchaser than purchasing the multiple devices currently needed

Consortium Kickoff meeting 18th Feb 2014

The Project Kickoff Meeting was held between all Partners to the Consortium on February 18th 2013 at Pera Innovation Premises in the UK.... more

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme managed by REA-Research Executive Agency under grant agreement n° FP7-SME-2012