The principles of good body mechanics
are presented to prevent injury to
yourself or someone for whom
you are caring.
Proper lifting techniques will decrease occurrence of back and other injuries.
Proper positioning can prevent
bedsores, contractures and pneumonia.
It is important to reposition a person every two hours.
Basic techniques to safely help
someone move from one
place to another are taught.
Moving From One
Place To Another
When transferring someone, it is
important to use good body mechanics
in order to prevent injury to yourself or
the other person. We strongly
recommend the use of a gait belt.
Ambulation pertains to walking with
or without an assistive device.
Learning appropriate techniques
to improve ambulation will result in
increased strength and endurance,
improved circulation, and
Functioning at the highest level of
independence is important to
everyone. It aids in maintaining your
dignity, strength and self-respect.
It helps to keep you active and interested in life.
A routine is helpful and structures your environment. It is recommended
that grooming and hygiene tasks be
completed in the morning.
Eating is usually regarded as a pleasant daily activity, but it can
present some serious and life threatening concerns.
If someone cannot get out of bed,
the person should be positioned
at 90º for each meal and remain
upright for ½ hour after meals.
All other precautions also apply.
Communication is more than just language and speech. It involves a system of signs, signals and symbols which are expressed consciously or unconsciously.
Get the attention of the person to
whom you are speaking. Face the
person so he can see your face and body expressions.
Use gestures; speak slowly;
present only two choices.
Show you are LISTENING.
The Council for Health Education and Development, LLC (CFHED) is a comprehensive information and training center for caregivers. You are now able to learn the basic caregiver skills that are used by licensed therapists in the healthcare industry. By incorporating these skills, the possibility of injury to yourself or your loved one will be significantly reduced, confidence in your caregiver skills will be enhanced and you will have a basis on which to judge the care others administer to your loved one in various settings.
Remember: The information given in this web site is basic and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Consult your healthcare professional with any questions or concerns pertaining to your specific condition or situation.