How Caregivers Use Transfer Aids

 

Aide putting patient in wheelchair|How Caregivers Use Transfer Aids

 

 

Transferring patients to a chair/wheelchair 

It is important to realize, Transfer aids are very important to help your loved ones in a wheelchair.  Another key point, once the patient has adjusted to sitting at the side of the bed, they are ready to transfer to a chair or wheelchair. Indicate the patient’s stronger side. Furthermore, be sure to place the chair or wheelchair parallel to this side so that the patient can assist you with the transfer procedure. As a result, always explain what you are going to do and how your patient can help you. Finally, encourage them to do as much as possible to be as independent as possible. Must be remembered, always keep moving.

Safety Tips: Using the Wheelchair 

  • First, place a chair next to the patient’s stronger side before making the transfer.
  • Then, put footrests out of the way before the patient gets in or out a chair.
  • Also, make sure both wheel brakes are locked into position before the patient gets in or out of the chair.
  • As a result, replace footrests in proper position and assist the patient, as needed, to put feet on footrest after being seated.
  • Another key point, make sure that the patient is in a comfortable and safe sitting position before releasing the wheel brakes.
  • Equally important, release both wheel brakes before attempting to move the chair.
  • By all means, make sure that the patient’s clothing or lap blanket does not trail on the floor or become caught in the wheels.

Person holding on to gait belt|How Caregivers Use Transfer Aids

Transfer or Gait Belt

The first thing to remember, a transfer or gait belt is a belt worn by the patient and used by the caregiver to hold on to the patient during a transfer.  As a result, It is used to help support a weak or unsteady patient to move or walk. Finally, apply the belt before beginning the transfer or before assisting the patient in walking.

Procedure for putting on a gait belt

  1. First, explain what you are going to do.
  2. Wash your hands.
  3. Secondly, obtain gait belt.
  4. Assist patient to a sitting position on the side of the bed.
  5. Apply belt over clothing and around the waist.  Never apply over bare skin.
  6. Place belt buckles off center in the front or in the back, for the patients’ comfort.
  7. Tighten belt, using buckles; the belt should not be uncomfortable, cause pain, or cause breathing difficulties.
  8. For the female patient, check that their breasts are not caught under the belt.
  9. Finally, prepare the patient for transfer.

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