Innova's Bob Oliver with an Airglide hoist image

The newly-built St Peters House Care Home in the Orkney Islands has received 46 overhead hoist systems from healthcare equipment supplier Innova Care Concepts to help meet the needs of care home staff and residents.

Innova worked with Orkney Council to install the overhead hoist systems in the care home, which will future-proof St Peters House for years to come and allow the facility to care for a diverse range of residents.

Construction of St Peters House was carried out thanks to a £9 million investment from the council to provide a modern residential care facility.

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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 46 hoist systems installed by Innova included: 40 in private bedrooms that connected through to an ensuite 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.

Innova overhead hoist systems at the St Peters House care home image

Bob Oliver, Projects Director at Innova, said: “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.”

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.

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