Occasionally your elderly veteran loved one may need help moving from one location in her home, such as her bed, to another, like a chair or sofa. When you know how to do that safely, it’s a seamless process for your elderly veteran loved one.
Be Aware of Your Own Limitations in Lifting
It’s really important that you understand and respect how much you can lift when you’re helping to transfer your elderly veteran loved one. If you’re not able to hold her weight, then it’s going to be difficult for you to be able to safely transfer her from one location to another. After reviewing your own lifting limitations, you might find that it’s best to have senior care providers on hand for assistance with lifting and transferring so that neither you or your elderly loved one end up injured.
Give Your Veteran Loved One a Warning That You’re Ready to Lift Her
When you are ready to help transfer your elderly loved one, let her know that you’re about to move her. If she’s not ready or aware that you’re about to move her, she might react in a way that causes you to drop her or to fall over while lifting her. This can cause serious injuries to both of you and should be avoided whenever possible. By giving your veteran loved one that little bit of advance warning, you might even get a little bit of assistance from her to make the process go that much more smoothly.
Don’t Rush the Process
During the lifting and transferring process, take your time. There’s no reason to rush, especially since that can cause injuries as well. Whenever possible, take breaks in between larger movements. For example, if you need to turn your loved one onto her side before lifting her, start with the turn and then allow both of you to rest for a few moments before tackling the next movement. When you are finishing the transfer, don’t just drop your loved one into place as that can cause her injury or pain. Keep the entire process slow and steady.
If necessary, ask your veteran loved one’s doctor or senior care providers to show you the best ways to transfer your loved one from one position or place to another. That way you can make sure that you don’t hurt either of you with an improper technique.