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Ceiling track hoist

AprilApril Member Posts: 102 Courageous
I have a ceiling track hoist for my adult son and daughter, and it needs a new handset. The hoist was bought via a disabled facilities grant, but who pays for the spare parts? I also pay for a service twice a year on three hoists. The costs mount up. 


  • Jean_OTJean_OT Member Posts: 528 Pioneering

    Hi @April

    As the hoist was provided via a DFG it might be worth speaking to the Community OT in the first instance. I think the response you will get will depend on factors like: how old is the hoist? (is it still under warranty?), is it still generally fit for your son and daughter's needs or should they be reassessed for something more modern? Did you agree to a contract that gave you liability to obtain a service/maintenance contract? 

    If the local authority feel they have no liability they will probably suggest that this is the sort of expense that should be paid from your children's DLA/PIP. However, as you have pointed out there are a lot of other expenses that you have to meet so you may also wish to explore the possibility of applying for charitable funding: 


    Best Wishes


    Jean Merrilees BSc MRCOT

    You can read more of my posts at: https://community.scope.org.uk/categories/ask-an-occupational-therapist

  • AprilApril Member Posts: 102 Courageous
    Thank you Jean. That was very helpful. I am very grateful that you took the time to explain that to me.
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