Elder Care in Sugarland TX
Jacob was 280 pounds when he was 67 years old. He had suffered a stroke and was mostly bedridden. Even though he lost the ability to use the left side of his body, he did work with a physical therapist for several months and was able to regain at part of what he lost. His oldest daughter and youngest son, both who live relatively close to him, were his primary caregivers. They relied on a lift to help him get out of bed and into the wheelchair, but they had nothing to help him from the wheelchair to the bathtub or into the shower. That placed a tremendous amount of physical pressure and strain on their bodies.
Seniors who are large in size, whether considered obese or simply extremely tall, carry a lot of extra weight with them, thus putting more strain on their caregivers. In this situation, it’s best for everyone to have more than one person to provide care.
Proper lifting techniques.
Lifting or assisting people of any size requires proper lifting techniques. The proper way to do any type of lift is to position the feet shoulder width apart, bend at the knees and keep the back as straight as possible. The lumbar portion of the back should be curved forward rather than backward.
Whenever people bend over at the hip to try to lift something or someone, they are increasing the amount of weight that is placed on the back (pressure). Fully bent over at the hip, at a 90° angle, lifting a 50 pound object will actually be placing 500 pounds of pressure on the lower back.
Relying on assistance in the form of one or more other caregivers will help alleviate that pressure and provide better stability to keep the caregivers and the senior client safe. When family members are taking care of elderly loved ones who have a significant size or weight to them, they should consider professional home care for the elderly to help out on a regular basis. June is National Safety Month and in these situations, the safety of everyone should be a top priority.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of elder care services in Sugarland, TX, please call the staff at New Frontier Home Care. We are available to answer your senior care questions! Call Today at (832) 664-7394. Providing care in Houston, River Oaks, The Heights, Memorial, Katy, Kingwood, Spring, Pearland, The Woodlands, Sugar Land & League City.
Gary completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management on a full-ride scholarship at North Dakota State University. He returned back to his hometown of Houston & joined the Houston Police Department, putting his life on the line to keep others safe. Currently Gary stays involved with the police force through monthly volunteer work, but his main priority is New Frontier Home Care, where he serves as Marketing Director.
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