If the person needs more than minimal assistance, ask your doctor for a PT or OT prescription. It's important to know how much remaining strength the person has and the best individualized transfer technique for that person. You'll receive hands-on training on how to help the person without hurting yourself. Your safety is just as important as the safety of person for whom you care.
You can also click on the Related Topics to access more information on Transferring, including videos by health professionals.
4 Transfer Steps - Minimal Assistance
In this 4-step transfer demo, we'll show you how to coach a person so he or she can transfer with only minimal assistance from you. The person still needs to have adequate physical ability to rise safely and language comprehension so he or she can understand your instructions. Although it may be hard to imagine, people with dementia sometimes forget how to get out of a chair and reminders often help.
Make sure that they have an easy transfer chair – one that's not too deep or low, or the following Transfer Steps may not work. And lifting a person out of a chair can seriously injure you back, so if the person needs more than minimal assistance, you may want to consider an automatic lift up chair. Also, see our special section on Transferring for more information.
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