OT came out to "demonstrate" hoisting ds into his various chairs, she started off with the easy nice wide toilet chair then when i presented her with his supported seat which is a really snug fit with a groin harness she really struggled...to be fair i knew she would and thats why i asked them out! the slings they gave me are far too thick and padded, i want the thin ones that stay in the chair but she reckoned these ones would be fine to leave in.
ds kept extending and wasnt playing ball at all, ended up half hanging out the chair like a pun a mince (the scottish contingent will get that!) and she couldnt get the sling out from under him to get the groin harness fastened.
she kept saying it needed two people when there will only ever be me on my own, then said she would pass it on to the manual handling team as a special case!
i so know how you feel. I put off and put off using our hoist, went on till child was about 25 kilos then hurt my back. I find it incredible there is no more efficient way to handle a child. Hoisting on your own is a nightmare. i get a certain amount of care assistance but if on my own have to get a friend round to help me put my child to bed etc, otherwise i lose my temper or my cool and child then is v unhappy. The feeling that this is our life now, for ever on, is so ghastly, no one else really gets it. why no respite or care assistance at all?
i have just started hoisting again today, dd is 14 and tbh I often lift as it is quicker, but I get a lot of problems and pain cos of it. she doesn't mind being hoiseted and I think the secret is amaking sure you have the right sling.(I always hoist in and out of the bath)