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This Week's Carenote - 10/16/12

I am a caregiver for my son who is now 18 years old and weighs 120 pounds. My husband and I are struggling with lifting and moving my son from place to place. How do we find out how to properly lift and move someone? Medical equipment is expensive and bulky for a small home.

Thanks,
Susan

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Date: 11/08/2012
Time: 11:02 PM

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A Hoyer lift is generally 100% covered by most health coverage plans and can be relatively compact. There are different types of lifts--those that are pumped/wound by hand (recommended) and those that are power-operated. Contact a local durable medical equipment company and ask them what you have to do to qualify for a Hoyer Lift. Or ask your son's primary care physician for a prescription for one. If for some reason his health coverage does not cover it 100%, call around to different DME businesses--I have known them to "help" people out with used equipment. Also try Goodwill Easter Seals. Good luck.


Name: Donna
Location: United States
Date: 10/21/2012
Time: 09:58 AM

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Ask your doctor, nurse or a professional care provider. He can be easily moved especially with two of you. First (if you don't have one) is a transfer belt. I'm a professional care-giver and would tell you more but I don't the exact situation.


Name: Kim
Location: ND
Date: 10/18/2012
Time: 02:54 PM

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Set up an appointment with a physical therapist. They can teach you safe ways to lift and transfer someone and let you know if there are other less expensive devices aside from a lift that can be used to assist you that would be safe to be used with your son.


 







 

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