Seniors go through lots of physical changes over time. Their strength diminishes. Their flexibility, balance, and coordination also diminish. There are even those who are bedridden due to medical situations, unable to move most parts of their bodies by themselves.
Many family members opt to take advantage of Personal Care Services in Scottsdale, Arizona for their senior loved ones when they struggle with daily personal care tasks. But what can you do to help if they wish to transfer from the bed to a chair or vice versa? Here are things to remember:
- Understand the entire situation.
The technique you will incorporate in transferring your loved ones depend on their existing conditions and their physical capabilities. There are those who may only need little support on the back while there are also those who need another person’s full strength just to sit up.
Assess the situation. Have some personnel from an In-Home Care Agency in Arizona do the assessment when necessary. The results will let you know how much support your loved ones need and how to approach the task.
- Ensure a safe environment.
Doing so lessens the possibility of injury. The following are some of the things that you should consider:
- When transferring to a wheelchair, make sure the wheels are locked to keep it in place.
- See to it that the wheelchair is on level ground and is stable.
- The furniture where you will transfer your loved ones to should be able to support his or her weight.
- Encourage cooperation from your aging loved ones.
Seniors love to be independent. So, encourage them to help carry their own body weight during the transfer.
- Protect yourself.?
Your loved ones’ safety is important. But, this does not mean that your safety is not a priority. Always protect yourself when doing the transfer. To do so, you should maintain correct posture when lifting or assisting your aging family members during transfer. Make sure to exert enough strength to securely and firmly support your loved ones. Stay as close to the body of your loved ones as possible.
- Know when to seek help.
If your loved ones are in certain medical situations or are too heavy for you, do not hesitate to ask for help. You can ask other family members or Caregivers in Arizona for help. When teaming up with another person, make sure to designate someone who will give commands. For instance, he or she can count up to 3 before both of you will lift the patient.
The carers at Home With Help are trained, physically capable, and experienced in transferring the elderly. Talk to us if you need assistance in this task.