Under British Standards (BS8300:2009) for new buildings, a minimum 5 percent of bedrooms require a fixed tracked-hoist system, or a similar fixture which offers the same degree of convenience and safety.
However, many campaigners claim that very few hotels, especially those belonging to major chains, provide any rooms with hoist facilities.
According to research by VisitEngland, families with a member who has an impairment account for 14 million (20%) of overnight trips.
Campaigner Laura Moore observed: “Tens of thousands of us can’t go away, even overnight, because we can’t transfer our loved one in and out of bed, into the shower, onto the toilet, because there is no hoist system. A ceiling track hoist takes up no more space in a room, yet optimizes accessibility and enables all of us who need them to be able to enjoy your facilities, and spend money with you.”
British Standards specify that 5 percent of rooms should have a hoist. The standard states:
‘Use of personal hoisting equipment is generally associated with accessible sanitary accommodation and accessible sleeping accommodation,in hotels and residential buildings. It is in these areas that provision of a hoist will offer the greatest benefit, extending the range of people that a facility can accommodate. It is an advantage if the design and structure of a building allows the simple installation of hoisting equipment at a later date, if not initially possible.’
A full room cover (X/Y) ceiling track hoist system offers optimum flexibility, capable of finite positioning as and where needed and can be designed to enable easy transfer from bedroom to en-suite.
As the fixture takes up no space, it doesn’t need to be removed if the room is not being used by a disabled person.
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