Walking and Transferring Services For Seniors
Let our caregivers help when your elderly parents and seniors develop mobility issues at your home!
Walking, sitting down, and getting out of bed are difficult actions in old age and doing them carelessly can cause falls. Older people fear falling as their bodily strength weakens over time. In addition, bones in old age are fragile and can break easily. Bones at these ages are also more fragile, so they can break more easily when falling.
At Justin Villa Care, our caregivers understand the different techniques to lift patients both overweight and underweight, either from the floor or from the bed, to maintain much easier and more efficient care.
Types of Mobilization and Advice for Its Execution
These common maneuvers in the mobilization and transfer of the elderly can be divided into three large groups.
Mobilizations of the elderly in the room:
- To get out of bed
- To roll on the bed
- To sit on the bed
Elderly mobilizations in the bathroom:
- To take a bath
- To take a shower
- To use the toilet
Elderly mobilizations anywhere:
- To sit in a chair
- To stand up For walk
- To get up off the ground after a fall
- To enter and exit a vehicle
Except in those cases in which the motor skills of the dependent person are very limited, the mobilization technique most used in any of these scenarios is manual mobilization. It is known by this name to the set of maneuvers in which no additional instrument is used for the postural management of the person except the hands, arms and the body of the caregiver.
How to Lift an Elderly Person Off the Ground?
Lifting an elderly person off the ground may seem easy, but nothing could be further from the truth. It requires knowing some techniques and having the strength to avoid hurting the elderly person. If you do not see yourself capable of doing it, do not suffer. Ask for help. A caregiver at home has these situations at hand, so it is highly recommended to hire one if there is a risk of falling in a family member.
However, it is important to know how to lift a person who cannot move from the ground in case we encounter this situation:
We, at Justin Villa Care, help patients and provide the highest quality of care. If you or your loved one require assistance in bathing or any of our specialized services, we would love to communicate with you about your questions.
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Bathing is a common struggle between seniors and caregivers. While assisting an elder, you must consider the following tips regarding bathing:
- Don’t insist seniors bathe every day
- Running water isn’t necessary. You can give a sponge or towel bath by changing the clothes.
- Careful personal cleansing is a must to avoid urinary tract infections. Also, nail cutting and hair combing should be done to maintain hygiene.
It is advised to use a bathroom to have comfortable and minimum fittings for the elders. But in case, it is not possible, make sure there are no sharp edges or shower sides that can hurt an elder during bathing.
A shower chair is a must for the elder who are not able to maintain body balance on their own.
Place rubber mats on the bottom of the tub to ensure a dry area as the elder steps out of the bathing tub.
If the senior is injured or unable to get up from the bed then you should not try for a shower bath. Instead, take the hot water from the bucket, Rinse the towel and give a dry bath. Help in changing clothes.
You should remember that privacy is important to many seniors. Try to only uncover areas that you’re cleaning.
Patients having chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia start getting afraid of water or sounds. In such cases, the in-home help must convince and make them feel comfortable to take a bath. As a caregiver, you need to
- Communicate to convince the elder to bathe, don’t force
- Take help of family members
- Call a doctor, if the situation doesn’t change
- Council the elder to get ready and go out for a meal.
- Warm up the bathroom for Comfort
- Above all, keep patience and respect the individual’s sentiments.