Helping patients and residents with limited or reduced mobility perform everyday tasks may require caregivers to perform multiple transfers throughout the day.
The graphic below demonstrates the potential frequency of standing and raising transfers performed with the aid of a caregiver in a typical 24 hour period.
This is based upon the functional mobility level of a person who is incapable of performing the activities of daily living without assistance, but they are able to contribute to the action or perform part of the action independently.
Since there are a number of transfers being performed, the 'daily journey' highlights the importance of having good lifting and transfer solutions that accommodate the needs of both patient and caregiver. To safeguard against the potential resident risk of falls or caregiver risk factors associated with lifting heavy loads, the daily tasks highlighted in yellow identify when a standing and raising aid could potentially be utilised to support the transfers.1
At Arjo, we are dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by the challenges of reduced mobility, both patients and caregivers. We have developed our Mobility Gallery to classify five mobility levels as A, B, C, D, E or Albert, Barbara, Carl, Doris and Emma to help identify which solutions can assist with safe patient handling tasked based on the functional mobility of the patient or resident.2
Click here to see how the Mobility Gallery™ can aid development of a higher standard of care, stemming from insights into - and monitoring of - the requirements and preconditions for this type of care, as well as for the wellbeing of caregivers.
1. Water, T. (2007) When is it safe to manually lift a patient? American Journal of Nursing 107 (8), 40-45
2. CEN//ISO TR 12296 (16)– 2013 Ergonomics - Manual Handling of People in the Healthcare Sector