By John Schofield
Actually when it comes to moving and handling people especially sick and old people there are no other people that can handle this perfectly than the caregivers and nurses. Although doctors can managed to see how ill people should be handled accordingly, the caregivers and nurses are especially trained for such tasks. In hospitals and home for the old the usual task of handling people that are incapacitated is just a common as feeding them and helping them do their natural bodily functions. This is why for families that have sick, incapacitated or very old people in their homes there should be proper training for those who take care for them.
Reminders in Handling
Some people may not like giving the responsibility to others on taking care of their loved ones so they do it themselves especially if the sick person is very close to the care giver. However the problem is although the person who wants to do the task knows that the sick person needs proper handling, he or she does not know the procedures in doing it properly. Moving and handling people require special training so that the sick or injured person will not be aggravated of his injury. A sick person that is almost incapacitated may fall if the person assisting him miscalculated while sitting him down or transferring him to the wheelchair. This kind of event worries us because basically we are not taught on how to candle such cases. If that happens the injury may become aggravated or the sick person can have secondary disorder due to mishandling. So here are some tips and reminders that would help you understand how to aid people and how to protect yourself whenever the event calls for it.
1.Bear in mind that the bones of those who are suffering from bone fractures are still prone for another fracture so avoid any part of their body to get twisted while carrying or assisting him. A broken neck may render the person paralyzed for life if his head is mishandled while putting him on a stretcher.
2.When helping someone to stand or sit from the bed make sure your feet should be wide apart with the same distance as your shoulder. Keep your body in proper balance and slowly hold the patient on his back while sitting him up. If your feet and your body are misbalanced you may strain your back muscles and cause even injury to yourself as much as putting the person at risk of falling.
3.One of the things that should not be forgotten when moving and handling people is to use your leg muscles whenever you lift or pull someone from below. The same as lifting heavy objects using our back, this can give us back and muscle strains.
4.Also avoid bending at the waist when lifting and try to keep up your spine’s natural curve especially when you lift a person heavier than you. Try to make your back straight and support your lifting with your legs and knees. However, if you are a female and has a small body frame you should ask assistance whenever you lift a person much heavier than you. Do not try to lift the heavy person alone because you may get out of balance if he or she grabs you down.
5.Remember to keep your head and neck as well as your spine in proper alignment each time you exert effort on pulling or lifting someone. This way you do not only protect yourself from getting an injury but also protecting the person from falling.
There are still much better ways to handle people that cannot take care of themselves and you only have to check them out from the caregiver’s manual. But one thing you should not forget is when you see someone that needs your assistance evaluate the situation first. If the sick person is in bed check if you can hold on to something for support if ever he takes hold of you. If the person is a victim of an accident call an ambulance but do not try to lift the person.
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