What is Paralysis?
Paralysis happens when the spinal cord sustains damage of some sort. Injury and disease can cause it as well as congenital conditions like spina bifida.
The level of paralysis depends on where the spine sustained damage. If the damage was lower in the back, the person may lose some or all feeling and control in the legs, but retain full use of the arms. If the damage is higher in the back, the survivor may lose arm strength as well as full use of the legs. If the damage is at or above shoulder level, that person may have little to no use of their arms.
When the paraplegic does not have the arm strength to move from one location to another, he or she depends on caregivers for help. Moving the paraplegic is risky for that person and the caregiver if not done properly. Getting proper assistance is essential.
Is There a Way to Move a Paralyzed Loved One or Patient?
A personal lift and transfer vest is a perfect option. The paraplegic wears the vest while a caregiver lifts them up and transfers them from one position to another. It helps to protect the person being transferred fromfalling and it protects the caregiver from injury caused by lifting another person.
The transfer vest fits snugly around the paraplegic's torso, providing two handles for easier lifting. The vest's gate belt goes on to keep the vest secured around the patient. Due to the lack of control over the legs, the caretaker will need to secure a knee belt in place. This belt prevents the legs from buckling and keeps the feet from sliding at the same time.
With this set-up, the paraplegic's caregivers can grasp the handles on the vest, place a leg against the knee belt, and safely bring that person up from a seated or prone position. A smooth turn can place that person in the intended destination such as a wheelchair, stationary chair, vehicle seat, or toilet.
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