- Caring at home
- Taking care of yourself
- Postural hygiene for carers
- Dependent person
- Communication with the dependent person
- Mobilising the dependent person
- Nutrition and the elderly
- Personal hygiene
- Urinary incontinence
- Changes in bowel movements
- Pressure sores
- Changes in behaviour
- INFOSA project
Postural hygiene for carers
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.
Mechanical aids are available to help carers and make their work easier. What to choose depends on the particular need, the home environment, the cost and any existing aids available, and the maintenance involved with some items. Available aids include articulated beds, sliding sheets, mechanical lifters, sliders, toilet lifters, harnesses, handles, etc.
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