Jerry was disabled as an adult. He weighed over 200 pounds and was 6’2” tall. In other words, he was a larger adult male and his wife had nowhere near the strength needed to lift him and help him get in and out of bed safely.
Jerry’s disability was a result of an accident.
He was at work, not paying attention to safety, and things went wrong. By the time he woke up, he was never going to be the same again. He spent several weeks in the hospital and then was transferred to a nursing home to begin physical therapy and the long, difficult road to recovery.
After several months of this, it was time to get back home. The doctors, nurses, and other advocates for Jerry and his wife admonished them to consider home care support services. They said experienced caregivers can offer a wide range of support for those in need, but they also recommended a Hoyer lift.
This is a lift that can pick up a full-grown adult out of bed, move them to a wheelchair, or to some other position. It is like a crane that requires some getting used to and possibly some training. Even using a lift like this doesn’t absolve the individual supporting that person from potential injury or even putting themselves and the client at risk.
When using this type of lift for any individual, whether they are in their 40s, 50s, or are considered seniors, it’s important to have experience. Home care aides often have at least some level of experience with these devices.
Safety should always be the top priority.
If safety is not held at the highest standards, problems can arise. If somebody, like a spouse or other family member, is attempting to support this individual, helping them get out of bed swinging their legs over, allowing that person to lean on them, and then guide them into a wheelchair, for example, and they don’t do it properly, the caregiver could become hurt or they might lose their balance and both the client and caregiver topple to the floor. If that happens, there could be serious injuries for one or both of them.
Using a lift might be necessary, and if it is so, also consider hiring a home care aide. This may not be necessary for long-term care, but in the interim, in the short term, when that individual is first getting back home and learning to cope with this new reality, it could be a back saver, to say the least.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Darby, PA, please contact the caring staff at True Direct Home Health Care at 215-309-3119.
Doc, as he is called by everyone - staff, patients and clients - first experienced home health care and hospice care while as a colleg student at King's College as he cared for his mother every day as while she first battled COPD and then lung cancer. It was during this time that he came to understand that caring for a patient was more than just clinical expertise. "Admittedly, my strongest attribute is my communication skills and the simple fact that I love to help people. Even the smallest thing you can do for someone really can mean so much to them long term. In fact, it could change them forever. That's what providing quality personal home health care should be all about."
In his spare time, he cooks for homeless shelters and children's music and arts events. He also is highly involved in his local youth sports soccer academy as a coach and Board member.