Assistance With Transfers
Your loved one may reach a point where mobility, balance and/or physical strength become limited, requiring help to successfully ambulate or get into and out of bed, move from a stationary chair to a wheelchair or walk into the shower. When this occurs, help with transfers is very important. Transfer is defined as the act of moving from one surface to another.
If this describes your loved one’s situation, then you must carefully evaluate home care or assisted living communities to find those that will assist with transfers. Without such help, the probability of dangerous falls increase significantly. It is well-known that falls are the main cause of accidental death in persons over the age of 65 years. Non-fatal falls produce more than 90 percent of elderly hip fractures.
Those who need help with transfers will at the very least, struggle without any assistance. They need help to start moving and to complete movement or transfers. Assisted living caregivers must be well-trained to support your loved one throughout the transfer process. Some residents require mechanical lifts for transfers and it’s important for you to find out if the assisted living center will accept residents who need assistive lift systems. Some of these are portable and can be installed in your loved one’s room.