Using a Hoyer to make lifting easier
It is important to realize, getting older and having to depend on others for help is hard. As a result, our senior loved one’s activity level decreases. It must be remembered because of weakening bones combined with limited mobility. Proper care, timely medications, and love can help seniors live fulfilling lives despite several ailments.
Another key point, with the introduction of various mechanical devices. As a result, life for our senior loved ones has become a lot easier. The Hoyer lift is such a device. In this case, it will allow our senior loved one to be transferred. Therefore, it will move them to the desired place with less physical effort.
Effective Hoyer use
The first thing to remember, before using the Hoyer lift with the patient. In this case, the caregiver should try it out first with a helper. As a result, caregivers will have a better understanding of how it works. Finally, caregivers should read the user’s manual before using the lift. This will give them a proper understanding of the function of the Hoyer lift.
Improper Hoyer use
Improper use of the Hoyer lift can cause accidental falls, injuries, head trauma. And in severe cases, it can even lead to the death of the patient. Therefore, caregivers should understand the functioning of the lift. And study its various parts before using it. Hoyer Lifts allow a person to be lifted and transferred with a minimum of physical effort. Before attempting to lift anyone, practice with the lifter by using a helper, not the patient. You must know and understand how the lifter will feel with a patient in it.
The different parts of the Hoyer lift include
- A sling bar along with its attachments for holding the patient
- A boom
- Battery pack
- Emergency release
- A push handle
- Hydraulic lift motor
- Remote control a mast
- A spreader handle
- Base legs
- Locking wheels and wheels
Steps to operate the Hoyer lift
- First, Make sure that the lift’s battery is charged.
- Prepare the seniors for placing them into the sling. Take the correct sling size for the patient. Improper size or improper placing of the patient on the sling can result in accidents.
- Second, gently lift the patient to the position with the sling correctly beneath the spine.
- The straps should be neatly placed without allowing the material to fold.
- Secure the seniors properly and ensure they are comfortable with the straps. Not too tight or too loose.
- Third, slowly lower the sling bar to lift the patient once the patient is in the sling. While doing this, select the loops of the right size and tighten them securely.
- With the help of steering the handle, place the lift close to the bed. Lower the lift so that the sling can be lifted easily. Thereafter, gently move the patient’s feet off the bed so that the lift can be operated.
- The lift can be moved away from the bed using the steering handle, ready to lift the senior.
- Finally, to make sure that things are okay. Lift the patient for only a few inches from the bed, and check whether the patient is comfortable or not. Also ensure, that the sling is not hurting the patient and look for any signs of discomfort.
Additional steps for operating the Hoyer lift
- Once the senior is comfortable. Slowly lift the senior with the Hoyer lift, but hold the senior gently while doing so. At the same time, holding the senior or supporting their weight. It can cause the straps to loosen, so try and avoid this.
- Hold the pressure only for providing support. The lift is for holding their weight, and the caregiver should not support it at that point.
- Once your loved one is transferred to the desired place, slowly bring them down and place them in the correct position. Then releasing the sling.
- Unfasten the straps slowly and take out the sling from the senior’s body. In case the battery fails, use the emergency release to bring down the patient manually.
- Caregivers should make sure that there are no children or pets around while operating the Hoyer lift.
It is important to realize; the above steps can come in handy for a caregiver who wishes to use a Hoyer lift for their senior loved one. But carefully using the lift is not enough. You must also take care of cleaning the lift and being safe. The Hoyer lift can be operated efficiently and safely by any person, not only by the medical staff. Apart from being used in hospitals, it can also be used at home after correctly instructing the caregiver.
Important Facts that caregivers must take note of include:
- Never use the same sling for two patients. After each use, the sling should be disinfected based on the instructions provided in the user’s manual.
- If there are any signs of wear and tear in the sling, it should be replaced immediately.
- Wipe down all the parts of the lift after each use.
- Maintaining good hygiene will prevent the spread of infections.
The point often overlooked is that the advantage of a Hoyer lift is that you can use it to transfer your loved one to almost all surfaces such as toilets, baths, living room chairs, and many other locations in the home. By all means, refer to the owner’s manual as each model is slightly different, but this gives you the basic idea in using a Hoyer lift. It can be difficult to attend to your loved one with a Hoyer lift, but it’s not impossible. With the right knowledge, you can do this. Don’t forget about taking care of yourself and keeping your business going while you are caregiving. I’m here to assist you on this journey. Schedule your planning session with me so we can look at how to keep your life and your business running smoothly. Also, check out this post to help with body mechanics.