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Alzheimer's & Dementia
About Dementia
Agitated Behavior
- Activities
Clothing & Dressing
Clutter & Hoarding
Falls & Mobility
- Things to Do
- Canes & Walkers
Late Stage
- Memory Aids
- Mid-Late Stage
- Body Ergonomics
- 10 Golden Rules
- What Not to Do
- Lifts

You, the caregiver, are just as important as the patient because if anything happens to you, everyone's in trouble. Avoid injury by following the Golden Rules. And keep in mind that it's therapeutic for the person to help as much as possible because it helps the person maintain muscle strength and mobility.

helping a person with dementia transfer
tips on good body ergonomics
1. Tighten your stomach muscles during transferring to protect your back.
2. Bend your knees and hips. (If you're doing this right, your buttocks stick out). This way, your upper legs and stomach muscles do the work - NOT your back.
3. Keep your back straight (don't round your back).
4. Keep your feet about 9 to 12 inches apart, with one foot slightly ahead of the other. This will help you transfer the person by shifting your weight instead of lifting dead weight.
5. Assist the person at the hips if a moderate amount of assistance is needed - don't pull on or under the person's arms. This is very painful for the person being transferred and can actually cause injury.
6. Keep the person close to you as you move.
7. Move your feet to turn your entire body. If you turn without moving your feet, you're twisting your back, which increases injury risk. Pick up your feet and turn (pivot) your whole body in the direction of the move.

Coaching a Person

Caregiver Injuries

Body Mechanics Demo

Sitting Up in Bed

Bed to Wheelchair

Using a Hoyer Lift

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