The buying driver for the Homehoist will be the increase in functionality from a single device. It will appeal to patients and carers for both its independent use and the fact it can be used in others homes. In addition it will have the following unique selling points:
  • Less clutter in the home, but still the same assistance for the user.
  • Less manual lifting and better health for the carer.
  • It will lift in a comfortable, reassuring manner. This will encourage hoist use for those who think that they are not ‘ill’ enough to need it.
  • It will be cheaper than the top of the market wheelchairs, yet have hoisting functionality.

The functionality of the Homehoist will enable independent use. This will appeal to those cerebral palsy sufferers who aren’t able to use their legs to walk but yet have good mental ability. The need to have a carer to perform basic functions is very frustrating and demoralising in these circumstances. The Homehoist will reinstate their independence and will be purchased by a user and their family in order to do this. The aesthetics of the Homehoist will be a high priority from the start, it will be a discussion in the user groups in WP1. We will design it to look like a modern, minimalist, wheelchair, which will appeal to users.

The following people will be involved in purchasing Homehoist for the reasons given:
Target market Reason for purchase
Cerebral Palsy patients:
  • Will give independent use,
  • Will keep the home looking normal
  • The wheelchair will look good
  • Carers:
  • Will reduce manual lifting, maintaining their health.
  • Will not have to fill their home with devices that make it seem like a hospital.
  • Will be a friendly form of lifting their increasingly heavy child, that does not feel industrialised and hospital like.
  • Hospitals:
  • Will decrease the amount of manual lifting for staff.
  • Will be quick to use.
  • Will be more accepted by patients than overhead hoists.
  • Health trusts / Insurances:
  • Will be cheaper than an electric wheelchair and classic hoist
  • Will reduce manual lifting for carers, maintaining their health.
  • Can be easily moved between patients should circumstances change.

    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