Having a lift right where you need it can help caregivers and their loved ones avoid injury and feel more secure
posted on October 1, 2012 - 9:15am
Getting from here to there is often a challenge for people with muscle weakness due to neuromuscular diseases — and for their caregivers.
Caregivers can develop back pain, hernias and other injuries from lifting a loved one who is unable to self-transfer. And the person being lifted risks injury from being dropped or dragged.
You’re still transferring independently, but you’ve fallen a couple of times on your way from the wheelchair to the bed.
Your caregiver still lifts you in and out of the bathtub, but her groans from back pain are getting louder.
It’s time to start thinking about a mechanical or powered lift system that you can use at home, and maybe one for work, too.