Ergolet’s revolutionary Luna overhead lifting system was chosen to be installed at Cornwall’s Eden Project, in a disability suite installed to meet the needs of people with profound or multiple disabilities.
The Luna system was installed in the state-of-the-art toileting facility, according to a brief provided by Jane Stoneham from the Sensory Trust – which gives advice on inclusive design for public spaces. She commented: “Most people assume that disability suites have to be purpose built. However the Eden Project suite shows that retro-fitting is possible if the right equipment is used.”
The major differences between an accessible toilet and a disability suite are sufficient floor space (12m2) a height adjustable adult sized changing bench, and an overhead lifting system to help move people from a wheelchair to the toilet or changing table.
The Luna overhead lifting system, using E-track was chosen on the basis that it was easy to use, and required only one carer to move a disabled person around the room and make the transfer from wheelchair to the toilet or changing bench.
Although it covers all corners of the room, the Ergolet Luna “pod” can be pushed back to the wall when the hoist is not in use, preserving open space, so the room is fully accessible for people in larger, motorised wheelchairs.
The Eden Project’s Andy Bruton, who project-managed the installation, said: “The main learning point for me is that space is at a premium in the disabled environment, but going the extra mile and getting the best equipment, makes a real difference to people’s lives.”