We know that transferring can be stressful for the client and physically demanding for the caregiver. While the primary objective is to ensure client safety, caregivers should be taking measures to protect themselves as well. Transferring properly and safely is a challenging task across healthcare. When initiating a transfer keep these four points in mind to reduce injury risk for both client and caregiver.
Size doesn’t matter-
Regardless if the caregiver is larger than the client, practice caution with smart lifting techniques. Over-confidence in performing a transfer with a smaller client leaves room for slip-ups, creating risky situations. Regardless of who is involved, proper transfer strategies should always be followed.
Think before you move-
Consciously think about each step and movement before acting. Never twist or pivot compromising stability. Keeping your hands flat like a paddle and avoid gripping the clients arms or legs. The strain of the action could cause an unintentionally tight grip causing the client discomfort and potential bruising.
Bend so you don’t break-
Avoid locking knees, keep them supple, and bend with just the lower back. Locking the knees puts unnecessary force on the joins, bent knees allows for shifting center of balance. These methods will lessen the stain on the body during the lift. For caregivers who perform many transfers daily, muscle stretches are encouraged to decrease tightness.
Use the right tool at the right time-
Specific products can assist caregivers in performing transfers that increase safety. There are many tools designed to facilitate every transfer situation. If you think a tool could help you and your client’s safety, visit: https://icsmedicalsupply.com/collections/transfer-products?view=all
While initiating transfers, communication between client and caregiver is key. Teamwork and safety measures will keep both parties on the same page and injury free! Upstate Home Care Solutions aims to provide each client with the assistance they need, but we also want to keep our caregivers happy and safe!