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Successful Bathroom Transfers
By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer

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As before, a caregiver should use a gaitbelt for additional support and control. Always angle the wheelchair, if necessary, and lock the brakes. Ensure the personís feet are flat on the floor and ready to support the body once standing. A caregiver should place their hands on the personís hips or waist, and as they stand, give a lift for support. As they stand, help pivot onto the toilet help them get seated and ensure they are stable before moving further.

Whether on familiar territory or in the middle of a crowded public restroom, a caregiver can complete a successful transfer of a loved one with a few simple rules. First, is to ensure the caregiverís safety by utilizing proper lifting techniques and transfer methods. An unsafe caregiver will only hurt themselves and the loved one they are caring for. They are then useless to do the task at hand.

Also, a caregiver must teach their loved one how to help themselves as much as possible, by lifting and using grab bars for assistance. When both parties are active in a transfer, aware of each otherís safety and respecting each otherís boundaries, both physical and emotional, bathroom transfers will become a routine well prepared for.


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