How Do I Care For Someone Who's Had a Stroke?
Survivors of strokes can have a range of issues, depending on which part of the brain is affected. Common problems include muscle weakness and numbness. Some lose complete use of one or both legs. Some survivors are left with damage that severely affects their ability to move independently. They require family members and nursing professionals to help them move from chair to car, from chair to bed, and from chair to toilet.
How Do I Move an Immobile Person?
Moving an immobile person is challenging and sometimes dangerous for the care provider. Bending over to grasp the immobile person often involves placing the back and legs in awkward positions. Quite often, there are no clear places to grasp the person firmly which makes the situation even more precarious. During the transfer process, if the survivor's weight moves suddenly, it can cause the lifter's grip to slip or center of balance to shift. All of these can lead to unsafe conditions for the person lifting and the person being lifted.
Caregivers for stroke survivors need to be smarter about this process. Having a second person available to help is a good idea. However, often, that second person will not be available. Most survivors have only one caregiver at a time. The chances of a second person being available all the time is very slim. That leaves one person to do most of the lifts and transfers.
Using a personal, portable lift and transfer vest is a safer answer. This medical device fits around the stroke survivor comfortably and snugly. The vest offers two handles at chest height that give the lifter a firm place to grasp. Lifting and transferring the person can be done in a single, stable motion. The person being lifted is snug in the vest and that keeps their weight from shifting. All of this is much safer for both the lifter and the one being lifted than doing it without the vest.
If you are a caregiver to a stroke survivor, take a look at theSmart Lift Vest. Created by medical innovators and tested by engineers, this award-winning portable lift and transfer vest's design is ideal for moving an immobile person from the floor, from one seated to another, and more. Healthcare professionals, family caregivers, and EMS have found the Smart Lift Vest very beneficial when moving their patients and loved ones. ContactSmart Lift today for more information about pricing.