Care for Caregivers

Postural hygiene for carers

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We can sometimes find that our relative finds it difficult or needs help getting up or sitting down, and even having to change posture in bed.

The following advice may help:

  • Keep your body upright with a firm footing
  • Keep the person near to your body both when lifting and moving into position
  • The height of the bed must allow the carer to mobilise the person being cared for without having to bend over. It should be around hip height
  • Use the hands or arms to lift or mobilise
  • Turn the whole body (legs, hips and back) when changing the direction of movement, not just the waist and back
  • When standing, place one foot further in front than the other
  • Work with smooth, even movements
  • Strengthen the muscles in the areas you work with most: the abdomen, back, legs and arms
  • Hold on securely to ensure your grip remains tight and the person does not slip
  • If possible, use technical aids, as they can be useful, and/or ask for help from others
  • Avoid spending too long in the same position
  • Always explain the movements you are going to make, and ask the elderly person to collaborate with you
  • Avoid overly heavy lifting

If you feel pain or discomfort in your back, check with the appropriate health professional.

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