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How Family Caregivers Can Effectively Use Transfer Aids Now

Why are transfer aids so crucial to your loved ones?

Transfer aids are invaluable for helping your loved ones stay safe and independent in their homes. They can help them move quickly from one place to another, preventing falls and other injuries caused by improper movement. Transfer aids can also help reduce the amount of physical strain on your loved one, allowing them to stay active and enjoy the activities they love. Ultimately, transfer aids are a great way to ensure your loved ones stay healthy and safe in their homes.

What transfer aids will help with the transfer

 

Transfer aids can help those who need assistance moving from one place to another, such as a bed or chair. Transfer aids can include simple items like grab bars, glide sheets, transfer boards, and gait belts. Depending on the needs of your loved ones, there are also powered lifts, slings, and repositioning chairs that could be helpful.

Grab bars for transfer

 

Grab bars are essential for your loved ones to transfer safely because they provide stability and support when getting in and out of a bathtub or shower. Unlike a towel bar, grab bars are designed to hold up to 300 lbs, reducing the risk of slips and falls. Additionally, they provide leverage and stability to help your loved ones get in and out of the tub without putting too much strain on their body. Grab bars also help maintain balance when standing in the bathtub and help those with limited mobility maintain independence.

Different types of grab bars and there use

 

Many types of grab bars are available to help promote safety and accessibility in the home. Some of the most common types of grab bars are:

  • Wall-mounted grab bars
  • Toilet safety frames
  • Tub grab bars
  • Transfer bench

Wall-mounted grab bars are typically installed in bathrooms near showers, toilets, and tubs to provide extra stability and support when entering or exiting. Toilet safety frames are designed to fit around the existing toilet and provide support when sitting down or standing up. Tub grab bars are designed to provide extra stability and support when entering or exiting the tub. Transfer benches are designed to be installed in a shower or tub and give a stable surface to sit down and transfer from a wheelchair to the shower or tub. These grab bars can help promote safety and independence for those with limited mobility.

Glide sheets

Glide sheets are a great way to transfer your loved one to a different position in the bed. In addition to providing extra comfort for mattresses and furniture, these sheets are flexible and thin. These garments are typically made of cotton, polyester, and spandex. They absorb moisture, friction is reduced, and the layer between you and the surface below is soft and comfortable. A glide sheet is often used in healthcare settings to facilitate transfers, prevent bedsores, and protect patients from allergens, dust mites, and other irritants.

What types of glide sheets are they for transferring

There are many types of glide sheets available for transferring patients. Every kind of glide sheet is designed to provide different levels of patient comfort and safety. For example, some glide sheets are made of materials that provide a sliding surface to make it easier to move the patient. In contrast, others are designed to provide extra cushioning or to reduce pressure points. Additionally, some glide sheets are designed to be waterproof or fireproof for added protection.

Sliding Board

It is essential to realize you can use many things as a slide board. For example, you may use a variety of flat objects, purchase a slide board from a medical supply company, use a leaf from the patient’s dining room table, or any smooth, hard surface that a patient can slide on and a board that can bridge from two characters. In that case, for patients who have difficulty standing or cannot bear weight on their legs, the sliding panel can move the patient from one area to another.

What different types of transfer boards are they?

There are a variety of types of transfer boards available, depending on the user’s needs. These include sliding boards, turning boards, padded boards, and transfer benches. Sliding boards help users move from one surface to another by providing a smooth, low-friction surface to slide across. Turning boards help users turn from one character to another by providing a large, flat surface to pivot on. Transfer boards with padding are designed to provide extra comfort and support for users.

Lastly, transfer benches are long benches with padded tops, which can help users transfer from seating to standing or vice versa.

Procedure for using a slide board

  1. First, explain what you are going to do.
  2. Wash your hands.
  3. Obtain a gait belt.
  4. Assist the patient to a sitting position on the side of the bed.
  5. Secondly, allow the patient to push themselves onto the board.
  6. Assist the patient in hurrying along the board to the other side.
  7. Keep their hands on the board, not around the edges, to prevent injury to the fingers.
  8. Direct the patient to hold onto you.
  9. Finally, assist the patient in removing the robe and shoes; Slide lower buttocks into bed or chair and slide back in bed.
  10. Make sure the patient is safe and comfortable.
  11. Place the bed in the lowest position. (Raise side rails if required.)
  12. Wash your hands.
  13. Place robe and shoes in the closet.

Transfer or Gait Belt

It is critical to remember that the patient wears a transfer or gait belt. A caregiver holds onto the patient during a transfer. In this way, it allows a weak or unsteady patient to move or walk with greater ease. Finally, apply the belt before beginning the transfer or assisting the patient in walking.

Create a Procedure for (putting on) a gait belt

  1. First, explain what you are going to do.
  2. Wash your hands.
  3. Secondly, obtain a gait belt.
  4. Assist the 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 back for the patients’ comfort.
  7. Tighten the belt using buckles; the strap should not be uncomfortable, cause pain, or cause breathing difficulties.
  8. Ensure the female patient’s breasts are not caught under the belt.
  9. Finally, prepare the patient for transfer.

Transferring patients to a chair/wheelchair

It is crucial to realize transfer aids are essential 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, please encourage them to do as much as possible to be as independent as possible.  Here is an article about beautiful devices for ambulation.

Safety Tips: Using the Wheelchair

  • First, place a chair next to the patient’s stronger side before transferring.
  • Then, put footrests out of the way before the patient gets in or out of a chair.
  • Lock both wheels into position before the patient gets in or out of the chair.
  • Replace the footrests in the proper position and assist the patient in putting their feet on the footrest after sitting down.
  • Another critical 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.
  • Ensure that the patient’s clothing or lap blanket does not trail on the floor or become caught in the wheels.

Transferring a patient from bed to chair/wheelchair— standing transfer or using a gait belt.

Materials

  • Gait belt
  • Robe and footwear

Procedure

  1. First, explain what you are going to do.
  2. Wash hands.
  3. Obtain the materials listed above.
  4. Provide privacy (close door, shut drapes, pull shades).
  5. Secondly, If a gait belt is available, put it on now.
  6. Place the chair parallel to the bed and the patient’s strong side.
  7. When using a wheelchair, lock the brakes and move the footrests out of the way.
  8. The lower bed, lock wheels, and lower rail are on the side where you work.
  9. Assist the patient, as needed, to sit on the side of the bed and put on a robe and footwear.
  10. Finally, stand directly before the patient, with your feet slightly apart. Bend hips and knees so that you are level with the patient. Make sure the patient’s feet are firmly on the floor.
  11. If you use a gait belt, grasp the transfer belt firmly on each side or place your arms under the patient’s arms and around the patient’s back, locking fingers together or clasping one hand over the other wrist. Have the patient hug your back, neck, or shoulders.
  12. Lock your knees against patients’ to provide additional support and to prevent the knees from buckling.
  13. Bend your knees and ask the patient to rock with you as you count 1-2-3. Then, stand on the count of three.
  14. Count to 10 before continuing. This allows time for the body to adjust to the standing position.
  15. Walk with the patient to the chair, taking small steps while guiding the patient back to the chair. Continue until the chair’s sitting surface touches the back of the patient’s legs.
  16. Have the patient reach back and grasp the farthest arm of the chair, then the nearest associate.
  17. Bend your hips and knees while guiding the patient into the chair.
  18. Make sure the patient is safe and comfortable.
  19. Once in the wheelchair, replace the footrests and have the patient put their feet on them.
  20. Place necessary items within reach.
  21. Wash hands.
  22. Record patients’ reactions to the procedure, time sitting in the chair, and any other observations.

Returning the Patient to the Bed

  1. First, assist the patient in returning to bed whenever they need to.
  2. Explain what you will do and how the patient can help you.
  3. Wash your hands.
  4. Provide privacy.
  5. Prepare the bed; fold down the top bedding.
  6. Lower the height of the bed to the lowest level.
  7. Then, place a chair parallel to the bed. As a result, the patient can move toward the strong side.
  8. Lock the brakes of the wheelchair and place the footrests out of the way. If the bed has wheels, close them.
  9. Direct the patient to:
  • Hold on to the armrests.
  • Slide to the edge of the chair.
  • Push down on the armrests, straighten your legs, and stand up.
  • Take small steps while turning back to bed until the back of your legs touches the bed.
  • Reach back and place your hands on the bed.
  • Lower buttocks into bed and slide back in bed.
  1. Assist the patient in removing their robe and shoes; place them e them in the closet.
  2. Make sure the patient is safe and comfortable.
  3. Finally, place the bed in the lowest position. (Raise side rails if required.)
  4. Wash your hands.

Conclusion

The above information will help you transfer your loved ones. Like many senior caregivers, you didn’t plan to be taking care of your loved one right now. Unfortunately, this leaves you unprepared to manage your stress and emotions while juggling doctor visits, medication changes, and day-to-day life. 

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