How To Sit A Someone Out Of Bed
It’s something we, of capable bodies, do every day, all the time. We wake up, and we sit up. We flop on the couch after a hard day’s work, realise we’ve got dinner to cook or mail to tend or children to read to, we sit up. We sink deep into the recliner to watch the news, we sit up and head to bed.
But, when we are not so able-bodied, it just isn’t that simple. For any number of reasons, it’s hard. The aged are frail, and sitting up places strain on bodies that are no longer capable to bearing that weight. Those that are post-operative, sitting up causes pain. For the disabled, those bodies aren’t built for the contortion that is sitting up.
For the caregiver, there are intuitive positions and weight bearing that we take on to help the frail, the aged, the surgical and the disabled. Those intuitive positions are almost always terrible. They contort, they bear weight, they lift, they pull and, ultimately, they strain. Strain on a caregiver, repeatedly, means injury. Most commonly, the lower back is the unsuspecting victim of our good intent. Sometimes, it’s other areas of muscle and/or skeleton: knees, hips, wrists, shoulders. neck.
The true terrible scenario is when that goodwill to bear the others’ weight results in an injury or results in a failure to support that care recipient. There is nothing good that can come from that: injury to the caregiver, injury to the care recipient if they fall. The only solution is making sure that you have a fail-safe way of assessing their capacity, each and every time. Those people who become dependant are likely to change their mobility status at any time.
The frail deteriorate quickly. The surgical improve quickly. The disabled waiver. You can never truly know where they are at with their mobility. But we show you a technique for sitting a patient to the bed that protects you both
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