If you’re caring for someone with limited mobility, you may need to regularly assist them to and from the shower, toilet, bed or couch. Whether you’re a caregiver at home or at work, it’s important to make sure any heavy lifting is done correctly so no one is injured. To help we have put together some moving and lifting tips for you:
It’s important to have open communication and develop trust with one another. By giving clear and direct instructions, everyone will know exactly what to expect and you can work better together as a team. As you’re transferring someone, continue asking questions and double check they’re feeling comfortable and secure.
2. Take your Time
You should never rush into lifting and moving someone. Think about and plan how you’re going to manoeuvre someone (and don’t forget to communicate this plan too – see tip 1 above). No matter how strong you are, sudden and repetitive movements can put pressure on muscles and joints - so take your time and ease into it.
3. Improve your Posture
The most common injuries suffered by even experienced caregivers involve the back and spine. While you might put the safety and comfort of your patient first, you also need to consider your own. As you lift someone remember to:
- Keep your back straight and bend your knees
- Ensure your feet are securely flat on the floor
- Keep your patient’s weight close to your body for more control
4. Wear Supportive Footwear
Wearing protective and supportive footwear that’s non-slip and suitable for all floor surfaces will ensure you have the best possible grip and support to support you with lifting someone’s body weight. It’s never a good idea to wear open-toed shoes or have your feet exposed when you’re moving someone.
5. Ask for Help
If you cannot manage transferring someone on your own don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether you need assistance from a colleague, a family member or you need to hire a professional, it’s often better to ease the process and keep everyone safe with a little extra help.
6. Use Lifting Aids
Using a lifting aid like a hoist or sling to assist with transfers can be life-changing as they provide more independence, are easy to set up, comfortable and simple to use. If you’re considering getting a lifting aid for your home, take a look at our Guide to Selecting a Hoist.
At Life Mobility, we genuinely care for the well-being of our customers and are committed to helping you improve mobility and live a better life. Contact us directly here or enquire online to find out how we can support your mobility needs.