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Hoyer Lift Wheels: Impossible To Clean

WAGSofSCI
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Hey All - Brooke here!  <3

We have a Hoyer portable lift in our house for transferring my partner to and from his recliner in the living room. We use it to take him out and get him into bed directly instead of having him transfer again into his wheelchair. I pick him up from his recliner, then roll him from the living room to the bedroom and put him into bed, and it works really well! We also use this lift for travel.. it folds up and fits into the van trunk perfectly and we can stack other luggage on top of it when we are going places. Although I absolutely hate the look of it, We don't know what we would do without it. 

That all being said, we have come across an issue that no one seems to be able to remedy. 

We have a dog and I have long hair. Its a nightmare for the wheels. It makes it so they seize up fully, and do not roll. Its been 5 years and they're at the point where they literally do not move and I slide the Hoyer around instead of roll it. It is unsafe. While I take the hair off whenever I can, it gets wrapped around the interior of the inside of the wheels on all sides, and its nearly impossible to remove. 

We had our wheelchair tech visit our house and try and remove the hair (embarrassing) and he had no luck. He told me that in 14 years of him working for this company, no one else has ever had this issue. He then called the Hoyer lift company who makes them and asked them to help.. they said you couldn't remove the wheels and they would have to replace the entire base of the Hoyer lift.

I thought to myself.. there HAS to be a better way! How can I be the only one who has had this issue? Does no one else have cats dogs or long hair? I do my best to make sure the floors are spotless, and I am sure this is why the lift has lasted as long as it has. 

Are they just saying we have to replace the bottom of the lift to make more money off of us? why would a company design something like this and make it impossible to clean the wheels? Has anyone out there had this experience before?? Send help and advice!

- Brooke 




Your WAGS of SCI
(Elena and Brooke)

Comments

  • MattO
    MattO Member Posts: 1
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    Any solutions to this problem?  We have the exact same issue.  Thanks
  • AskNurseLinda
    AskNurseLinda Moderator, Information Specialist Posts: 162 Information Specialist
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    Hi, I am intrigued as this is an interesting issue. Have your tried pulling out the hair with tweezers? I have done this with other stuck things. It takes forever. You have to keep pecking away at it.  Every now and then, you might get a big chunk which is very satisfying in a weird sort of way. The hair will be very tightly wound so that is the problem, to get a good grip on the hair. As I mentioned, keep pick, pick, picking. Once cleaned out, spray with antistatic spray, like that used to keep your clothes from clinging to your body. That usually keeps the hair from recollecting. Will it work on the hoyer wheels, who knows? Since I have never attempted this on a hoyer lift, I do not know if the spray will affect the substance that the wheels are made of or if it will affect the spin  by gumming it up. The company might know the answer but I suspect this will be the first time they hear of it. Anyway, just a suggestion. Let us all know if you try it and it works....or not. Nurse Linda

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  • ambercollie
    ambercollie Moderator Posts: 187 Moderator
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    Crazy they don’t make the wheels detachable and replaceable! 
  • AskNurseLinda
    AskNurseLinda Moderator, Information Specialist Posts: 162 Information Specialist
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    Hi, Ambercollie, let us know what you decide to do. Nurse Linda

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