For at-home caregivers of a loved one or the professional caregivers of LivHOME healthcare services, the greatest risk for developing a back injury is always during the transfer or repositioning of seniors. This includes pulling a senior from a reclining to a sitting position, transferring a senior from bed to a chair or leaning over a senior for extended periods of time.
The following tips are vital for all caregivers looking to avoid personal injury during transfer or positioning of a senior:
The Importance of Positioning
Proper positioning is a vital part of caregiving at home. Seniors must be repositioned at least every three hours in order to avoid tissue breakdown and the development of ulcers. Just changing positions can provide seniors with increased blood flow and tissue integrity. Poor positioning, however, leads to increased stiffness, decreased range of motion and muscle retraction. The following are just a few general positioning tips for all caregivers: