Overhead hoists installed in Orkney

Innova Care Concepts, a specialist healthcare equipment supplier based in Wetherby, North Yorkshire, has installed 46 overhead hoist systems throughout the newly built St Peters House Care Home in the Orkney Islands.

Construction of St Peters House was carried out thanks to a £9 million investment from the council to provide a modern residential care facility. The advanced hoist systems handed over by Innova will future-proof St Peters House for years to come, allowing it to care for a diverse range of residents.

To better understand the needs of St Peters House, Innova delivered professional consultation and design services. This ensured that the hoist systems fitted provided everything the care home staff and residents needed. The project management team showed commitment to supporting the projects making a 1000-mile round trip for each on-site visit.

Bob Oliver, projects director at Innova, says: “Working up in Orkney provides some unique challenges, it’s a beautiful place but it’s remote and a long way from the Innova offices! Luckily, we were working with some great contractors. They were a local firm, so communication was always open and everything ran smoothly.”

“The end result is a really modern care home that can support the local community for many years. It’s been brilliant; being able to deliver a remote project so well really goes to show the strength of the team and the systems we've got in place. We’re pleased that our hoist systems will help St Peters House to accommodate residents with a wide range of needs.”

The 46 hoist systems installed by Innova included; 40 in private bedrooms that connected through to an en-suite bathroom, four in assisted bathrooms and two in high-dependency bariatric rooms that were specialised for plus-sized residents.

Innova hoist systems use magnets and infrared sensors to detect changes in direction on the track. This lets staff alter the path of the hoist automatically, meaning they can focus on resident care rather than operating pulleys and levers. All hoists also come with handsets which was ideal for St Peters House who wanted to cater to different users, including more independent residents who may want to operate the hoist themselves.

St Peters House is set to open in January 2020, providing long-term care for people over the age of 65. Innova’s hoist systems are an example of the modern equipment fitted to provide high-quality care for all residents.