Family Caregivers: Tips for Safe Bed Transfers

Caregiving for a family member can be physically and mentally exhausting. One of the toughest tasks physically can be helping an elderly loved one out of bed.

Not only is it difficult, helping a senior out of bed can also be downright dangerous. The caregiver ends up doing a lot of physical labor, and runs a very high risk of sustaining sprained or strained muscles in their neck, shoulder or back.

An Easier, Safer Way to Help an Elderly Person Out of Bed

Learning proper techniques and body mechanics can take a lot of the hard work, and risk, out of transferring a loved one out of bed.

Step 1: Hook

By first moving into the hook position, it will be easier to move into other positions that may be needed, whether it’s getting up out of bed, or lifting up for a bedpan.

  1. Ask or help the senior to bring knees upward with feet flat against the mattress. Their hands should be palm-down on the bed.

Step 2: Log Roll

  1. Ask or help the senior to reach across their body towards the edge of the bed.
  2. Try to move the “nose, navel and knees” all at the same time as they roll to their side, facing the edge of the bed.
  3. Have them remain in this side-lying position for a few moments.

Step 3: Feet Down, Head Up

  1. From the side-lying position, ask or help the senior to move their feet forward off the edge of the bed. At the same time, have them push their upper body upward using their free hand on the mattress. The gravity that pulls the legs downward also helps leverage the upper body up.
  2. The caregiver can gently help the shoulder upward if needed, but it shouldn’t take a lot of effort.

Step 4: Sit on the Edge of the Bed

Let the senior sit on the edge of the bed for a few moments. Standing up too quickly can cause the blood pressure to drop, and they can become dizzy.

Caregivers: Protect your Health

Helping a senior in and out of bed is among the most dangerous maneuvers for family and professional caregivers alike. One of the reasons for this is doing it repetitively overuses the muscles in the back, neck and shoulders, putting them in danger for injuries.

Using proper lifting techniques make a big difference, and sharing the load with another caregiver can also help reduce the repetition.

Senior in-home care is a great resource for reducing the amount of time that family caregivers must assist their loved ones with transfers.

Home Care Can Help

Many seniors find that having home care come in once or twice a day for the major transfers in and out of bed can be a real life-saver (and back-saver)!

Having a home care aide come in to help their loved one get out of bed and ready for the day – and come back later to get into bed – also helps the caregiver preserve precious time and energy. It may give them a few moments to take care of their own health needs, or other obligations around the house.

Smart family caregivers also enlist companion care at home to tackle some other tasks around the house while they’re there. Running a load of dishes, taking out the trash or cleaning out the kitty box can make a big difference to their overall energy level at the end of the day.

Sources
How To Move An Elderly Person Out Of Bed
Lifting Techniques for Home Caregivers – OrthoInfo – AAOS.

If you or an aging loved one is considering companion care at home in Henrietta, NY, please contact the caring staff at Touching Hearts at Home of Rochester today. 585-271-7390.

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Our senior home care services support healthy and happy aging in place, wherever “home” may be. Just as every person and family situation is unique, our in-home care is personalized for maximum positive impact.

Our in home care service niche is non-medical in nature and is called “companion care”. Our senior Care Partners can do MANY things that enable elders to remain at home as long as possible. Our senior Care Partners are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year

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Care Partner of the Month – June 2021

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Eileen has been a dedicated and faithful employee for 5 years. She is known for her caring heart and exemplifies our CORE values – Compassion, Communication, Commitment and Consideration. We are so proud to have Eileen on our team!

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When other caregivers and family members are unavailable or overwhelmed, companion caregivers from Touching Hearts can provide respite with social support, comfort and household services. This “fill in” role can be scheduled at times most convenient for family caregivers, such as work hours, meal times and overnights. Finding just the right caregiver to match with the patient is one key to enhancing the patient’s experience. The presence of just the right person can be the source of joy and comfort to all involved.

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