Life continues no matter if you are bound to a wheelchair or not. Immobile family members may spend more time at home than most people, but getting out for doctors' appointments, church services, and family gatherings is important. The visits to the doctors is for monitoring health. Church services, if a normal part of that person's life, helps keep spirits strong and keeps that person connected with the church community. Joining family gatherings, such as birthday parties and sports games, keeps the person connected with loved ones.
An immobile loved one or patient may have a debilitating disease, have suffered a stroke, or may just have a temporary injury that prevents them from moving with ease. No matter the situation, trying to shift an immobile person from car to wheelchair is dangerous if not done correctly.
Back strains are a common injury among healthcare professionals. These back strains happen most often when the nurse or attendant tries to transfer an immobile person from one point to another without help. If nursing professionals can have these injuries, then a non-nursing professional certainly can have the same. You need to have assistance when doing this kind of move to avoid injuries.
What kind of help is available for doing a vehicle to wheelchair transfer? If you have enough room, you might ask another person to help. However, in many situations, you may be alone and not have anyone available. Also, some vehicles make it difficult for more than one person to help the immobile person out of the vehicle.
How Can I Move an Immobile Person?
Using a personal, portable lift and transfer vest, such as the Smart Life Vest, is the answer. When you are ready to move your loved one from a car to a wheelchair, you first put the vest on your family member. Then, get the wheelchair in place so that you can gently lift the person from the car and pivot them into the chair without hinderance. You help your loved one move his or her feet out of the car and on to the ground. Then using the vest, you gently lift your loved one out, pivot the person around and into the wheelchair, all in a single motion. The last step is to remove the vest and stow everything away. If you need to move your loved one from their wheelchair to the bed, toilet or bath, the Smart Lift Vest is an ideal tool.
The Smart Lift Vest is an affordable, simple to use, and safe solution for you and your immobile loved ones. The vest is easy to fit to any body type and comfortable for the wearer. It provides solid handles that make the lift and transfer move easy and safe. It helps the person performing the motion keep the back safe and less likely to sustain injury. Contact Smart Lift today for more information about how its portable, lift and transfer vest can help you and your loved ones.