Plea to find a new home for hoists
A WOMAN is searching for a new home for two medical hoists which changed her disabled mother’s life.
Lisa Whitwell is keen to find someone who can make use of the ceiling lifts, which cost £7,000, and wants to donate them for free.
They were a boost for her mother Jean Franklin (75), who had multiple sclerosis and used a wheelchair, because they gave her more freedom around her bungalow in Whittlesey.
It also meant her father Dick (87) did not have to struggle to lift her. But after her mum’s death two years ago followed by her father’s in February, Lisa has had little luck trying to find someone to take them off her hands.
She has contacted the authorites but despite the devices being in good working order, she was told they had no use for them.
Lisa (47) from Station Road, Whittlesey, has now appealed through The Evening Telegraph for anyone who wants them to get in touch.
She said: “I don’t need them anymore so I want to give them away to someone who needs them.
“They were marvellous for my mum, who was in a wheelchair.
“They changed her life. Having them there meant dad didn’t have to lift her, which was hard for him as he was in his 80s.
“And the carers couldn’t lift her because of their backs.
“They would put a sling round her and at the press of a button, the hoists would life her up in the air and take her to her bed or chair.”
Lisa added: “The council and social services said they couldn’t take them and one person advised me to give them away, while another said I should just throw them in a skip.
“But it’s such a waste of money to throw them away. I have all the receipts and there is no health and safety issue.”
She added: “There has to be someone who can make use of them.”
Hoists are designed to give people independence and dignity in their home.
Families are provided with a safe way to move their relative in the home setting rather than an institutional setting.
Call Lisa on 01733 205380 if you would like them.