Caregiving on the Move: Keep it Safe and Comfortable

Posted by Tanika on 11/28/2016 to Mobility Aids Articles and Information
Caregiving on the Move: Keep it Safe and Comfortable

Mobility can be challenging for both the person with limitations in this area as well as for his or her caregiver. For the disabled person, the issues of safety and comfort may pose problems. The potential for injury while performing the duties of lifting, assisting with sitting or standing, and transferring is a concern for caretakers. We are going to give you some helpful tips and provide you with information on different mobility aids that will make getting around more comfortable for the care recipient and safer for both the recipient and the care provider.

Wheelchair safety

Getting into or especially out of a wheelchair can present a safety issue as the chair may tip over or roll back. Utilizing wheelchair accessories such as front or rear anti tippers or rollback devices can help prevent a fall. Spending long hours in a wheelchair can become uncomfortable whether sitting at home or on the go, a soft seat and back cushion inserted in the wheelchair will add comfort and help to prevent pressure sores as well.

Use a tote bag

Trying to juggle keys, cellphone, purse, etc. of your own and carrying another person’s items as well as when you are going out can pose a safety hazard, resulting in a trip and fall. Since you only have two hands, a walker tote bag to store all the items can help eliminate this hazard. The tote can be attached to wheelchairs and rollators also.

Raise your seat

Even the most mobile person may have problems getting out of a recliner; a person with mobility issues will also find it difficult to do so. Giving a helpful hand may put a strain on the caregiver’s back, causing pain and/or injury. A boost platform offers a solution to this problem. It acts like a riser, helping your loved one or patient to stand without outside assistance, saving your back and helping them to maintain more independence. The boost platform is an excellent less expensive alternative to a lift chair.

Do smart transfers

Transferring a person with mobile limitations can also be taxing on a caregiver’s back. There are several transfer aids you can utilize to reduce strain on your back while safely moving the patient from one location to another. Transfer boards can be used to assist in moving from a wheelchair to a bed, chair, or the toilet. The individual may be able to do this independently or the caregiver can scoot them over the board. Another helpful tool for transferring without risk of back injury is a transfer and walking belt. These belts have handles to help assist in getting the patient moved and offer support in helping keep them steady when they are using their walker as well.

We hope that with the information that we have provided, you and your loved one/patient can get on the move as safely and comfortably as possible.

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