Lifting A Person
Posted 17 October 2007 - 11:30 AM
I was called to help lift a friend who is a paraplegic off of the floor and into her scooter without assistance. I didn't know how to do it as I have no training and her kid was too young to help. It took several attempts because she was heavy and the chair was fairly high.
There was no impersonal way to hold her as I lifted and I was a little embarrassed. From behind her, I placed my arms under hers and grabbed one wrist with my hand and lifted as high as I could go. I felt like I touched her inappropriately.
Is there a way to lift a women in a more professional way? This has happened before and other neighbors assisted. They all said it was difficult. If I'm called upoon again, I want to be able to do it correctly and in a way we both keep our dignity. Is this possible?
Posted 17 October 2007 - 11:51 AM
If your neighbour is falling with increased frequency, it may be worth suggesting she gets a mobile hoist.
This would be a much safer way of lifting her.
She could then ask if a few people would mind being on a call list if required.
The people using the hoist would need to be shown how to use it in a correct manner, so as not to injure the disabled person, or themselves.
Lifting someone off the floor, especially someone overweight, can very easily lead to a back injury of the assisting lifters.
Hope this helps.
Posted 17 October 2007 - 12:23 PM
The following may help when choosing a hoist.
Factors to consider when choosing a mobile hoist
The home environment
Space: is there enough space to manoeuvre the hoist into the correct position? This may be particularly relevant when the planned location for use includes bathrooms or toilets.
Furniture: will a hoist base go around or under items such as beds, chairs, baths etc? Will the lifting height of the hoist be sufficient to lift you clear of all surfaces? If you have a pressure relief mattress on top of your existing mattress some hoists may not provide sufficient lifting height to clear the mattress.
Floor surfaces: are these suitable to move a mobile hoist across? Thick pile carpets and door thresholds can impede manoeuvres.
Storage: is there enough space to store the hoist? Some hoists will dismantle or fold-up for storage or transportation.
If the above factors cause repeated difficulties that cannot be overcome it maybe worth considering using an overhead track hoist, which runs on a straight or curved ceiling fixed track.
Type of disability: is your particular disability likely to remain stable for the foreseeable future, or is it likely to improve or deteriorate?
Size: check that the hoist capacity and the size of the sling is suitable for your size and weight.
Activities: will the hoist be used for purely home use, or will it be needed for getting in and out of the car, or for taking on holidays?
Independence: do you need to move from one place to another independently? If so an overhead track hoist will be necessary.
Physical strength: consider the size and strength of your carer. It requires quite a lot of effort to turn and move a mobile hoist. Remember that hoists are designed as transferring not transporting aids - if you need to be carried over a distance, it is advisable to use an overhead track hoist or specifically designed wheeled equipment (e.g. wheelchairs or sanitary chairs).
Ability to adapt: if your carer has moved you in the same way for many years, it may take time and training to learn to use new equipment or new techniques?
Posted 17 October 2007 - 04:17 PM
I've sometimes gone to visit patients and they have been slumped on the floor and the partner or whoever has been waiting for me to turn up for the routine visit, thinking I'll lift them up! People will sometimes get a bit arsey when I refuse and get them to call an ambulance, but I value my back enough to never ever attempt to lift someone on my own.
What you could also do, is learn some basic manual handling techniques. If you're in the UK then you're local District Nurses should be able to do this. We often teach carers and relatives how to move people safely. I would really avoid lifting her on your own again though, it isn't appropriate for you to be expected to do it.
Posted 18 October 2007 - 09:53 PM
*Wheelchairs are made of a special ocular magnetic alloy......they're "eyeball magnets".*
*I USE a wheelchair, that does NOT make ME a wheelchair!*
Posted 02 April 2008 - 01:42 AM
Edited by Spud, 02 April 2008 - 01:43 AM.
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