Tips For Lifting A Fallen Elderly Person
There are several things that a caregiver should know when lifting a fallen elderly person. The first thing to keep in mind is that a simple move like lifting the body of an older person can be very stressful and scary for the caregiver. Here are some tips for carrying out this task without any problem.
If you haven’t been practicing or even learning how to lift a fallen elderly person, it’s time you got started. It can be embarrassing if you’re not familiar with the art of lifting a fallen elderly person. Make sure you’re practicing everyday.
The best way to help a caregiver lift a fallen elderly person is by always keeping your head up. It’s common sense that a falling person has already lost consciousness. With a lot of people, they’re not even aware that they’re losing their grip on the bed. The first thing you should do is determine if the person is breathing.
If you don’t know that, ask your health practitioner or another family member to check. You’ll need your own hands to help them up but remember to keep your head up too.
To keep your upper torso from falling to the floor, secure a blanket around the lower half of your body. Place your knees on either side of the bed and place your hands behind your head and your elbows on either side of your waist. Make sure your legs are straight, if they’re not, you may want to use an extension.
For the body, raise the patient’s head up to a 90 degree angle. You’ll have a headrest with your hands resting on either side of the body. Place your hands behind the head with a little tension. You’ll feel that the muscles in the back are already tensed up and stabilize the head.
You can take the head down at this point, pulling the hands to the sides, but you’ll need to let your body relax for the next stage. Reach under the back and gently grasp the base of the spine. Pull your hands up in front of you and then rotate the head to the left until you feel a comfortable level of support.
The weight should not be on your fingertips because your fingers can be pulled out of place. If you have to place your fingers in between the body and the bed, do so carefully. Don’t lean your body forward or turn your back because the weight will be the same. Remember, though, that to remain safe, you need to do your best to keep your hands behind your head.
Do not lift more than a finger and hold it in place at all times. In fact, do not try to lift anything heavier than a finger. Don’t get upset if you cannot lift a finger. Keep the patient still, unless you’re touching his or her face or they get scared and start to cry.
Using your free hand, slowly slide the body up the bed, slowly lifting the weight of the body while keeping the fingers behind the head and holding the lower spine steady. Continue moving up the bed until the patient is stable.
Remember, you’re only doing the work in one hand. If you’ve worked in the past, the caregiver should be able to assist you in this move. It will take some practice but you’ll do better if you have someone who’s practiced this before.