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Wheelchair to Car Transfers - Getting your patient AND the wheelchair in the car


Wheelchair to Car Transfers - Getting your patient AND the wheelchair in the car: Wheelchair to car transfers and wheelchair management is not exactly what most people think of when they think of home safety or independence ... but...

One of the toughest obstacles patients and caregivers alike face is that of getting in and out of a vehicle and accomplishing this safely for both patient and caregiver. No doubt this IS part of a wise home safety checklist. If attempted without any forethought, disaster can lurk at any point in this sometimes tricky transfer.

Yet, mastering this wheelchair to car transfer can spell freedom and excitement for years to come for those otherwise "stuck" at home. It is my theory that those disabled by stroke or any any other means live longer lives when they can go out with a caregiver. And getting out means getting in the car, going, and getting back out of the car.

Of great importance next to seat belt use and the like is your planning for this essential ability.

You may master the car transfers without a hitch until you turn and see that ole wheelchair. Unless it's truly a window shopping ride, that wheelchair needs to come along too. With so many moving parts, though, it can be tougher than getting mom or dad to get in the car!

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Beoynd the Video: Home Care—Lifting and Moving Your Loved One

Beoynd the Video: Home Care—Lifting and Moving Your Loved One: beyond the video
Home Care—Lifting and Moving Your Loved One

Video summary
This video demonstrates basic techniques for moving a person with limited mobility, such as after a stroke, from bed to wheelchair and back again.

The steps for each maneuver are simply stated, but these are the things you need to know first:

Help the person to work with you by placing yourself so that his stronger side is on the edge closest to the bed or chair.
Tell the person what you are going to do and that the move will take place when you say "Now" so that he is prepared and can work with you.
Always bend your knees and keep your feet spread about shoulder-width apart so that you can lift with your legs, not your back.
Use a transfer belt that is fastened around the person's waist with room for you to get your fingers underneath it for each lift. You will be reaching both arms around his waist (closer to his back) and putting your fingers underneath the bottom of the belt, with your thumbs at the top of the belt. This makes the transfer easier for you and also helps the person feel more secure.