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This Week's Carenote - 1/28/14


Can someone give me tips on how to transfer a double amputee from bed to chair and toilet? I am looking for any sort of help please.


Caregivers Reply

Shared by: Home Care Aid

You need a Hoyer until the amputee can transfer themselves. I don't know if you can rent one if you only need it temporarily. I would contact my local medical supply store. I think these can be purchased used as well.

You are going to destroy your back if continue to try to lift this person. You will be lifting this person in/out of the bed and then on/off the toilet, at least once a day. That is once a day too many. Have the individual use a bed pan to toilet themselves until they are able to transfer themselves to the toilet.

I cannot stress this enough, you are going to DESTROY YOUR BACK if you continually try to transfer a person who cannot help you with the transfer. It is really bad on your back even if they can help. Plus you run the risk of dropping the individual you are trying to transfer.

You sound like you need home help. If the amputee is on Medicare, as his/her social worker about the "Waiver Program" I care for an individual who has MS, Medicare pays me to do so.

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