Many family caregivers do not get proper training on transferring someone with mobility difficulties from one place to another. For example, one of the most common tasks is to help someone in a wheelchair move safely to a toilet. Thankfully, there are a handful of toilet transfer techniques to help you.
If you do not do the transfer correctly, you could injure yourself or your loved one. We found a few transfer tips from Daily Caring we would like to share with you.
4 Toilet Transfer Techniques for Family Caregivers
Prep the Space
- Remove rugs, bathmats, or any other trip hazards in the bathroom in the space you need for transferring.
- Move the wheelchair feet out of the way.
- Have your body set to perform the transfer.
- Move the wheelchair into the proper position and lock the brakes.
Help Them Up From the Wheelchair
- Have your loved one scoot up to the edge of the wheelchair and lean forward.
- Ask them to either hold your forearms or put their hands on the arms of the wheelchair and push up.
- Stand directly in front of them, hold their waist and stand up together, keeping your body stiff and controlled. Use your knees to lower and raise your body. Do not bend over. Bending over is how you could injure your back.
- If their legs are not strong, put your knees in front of theirs while they stand. This is called blocking.
- If they are weaker on one side, stand on that side to provide additional support.
Sit Them on the Toilet
- Using small steps, guide them to pivot and turn 90 degrees and back up until the toilet seat is at the back of their knees.
- Help them pull down their pants and undergarments.
- Have them bend their knees and easily lower themselves down to the seat. Once again, use your knees to raise and lower your body to avoid injury.
- Consider investing in a Bio Bidet. Bio Bidet is known for having the best toilets and toilet seats for all homes. In addition, the cleansing method utilizing a water stream sets them apart from their competition. The Bio Bidet will help ensure that your loved one gets as clean as possible after using the restroom.
Return to the Wheelchair
- Get them to move forward on the toilet seat and lean towards you.
- Ask them to hold your forearms and push up.
- Stand close to them so you can hold on to their waist while you both stand.
- Using small steps helps them pivot 90 degrees again and back to the wheelchair. But, first, make sure the brakes are still locked on the wheelchair.
- Once they feel the wheelchair seat at the back of their legs, they slowly return to a seated position. You will need to hold their waist as they take a seat.
Essential Safety Tips for Transfer
- Never try to pull an older adult up.
- Bend from the waist.
- Do not let them hold on to towel bars or toilet paper holders, as these could be non-sturdy and cause them to slip.
- Make sure they do not hold you by the shoulders or the neck. This will help to prevent injury.
At Next Day Access, anyone with difficulty in mobility can find products to help keep them safe at home and on the go. For the bathroom specifically, we offer Toilet Support Arms, Grab Bars, Drive Commode Chairs, Bio Bidets, and more. Contact us to see the many ways we can help improve your life.