My Aching Back – Transfer Boards

Categories: Blog,Caregivers,Families,Seniors

Transferring my Mom from a bed to a wheelchair was something I never thought I’d have to do.  But when she became bedridden it became a reality.  I thought to myself, “How hard can this be?” Oh My Goodness!  Think about it, you’re literally lifting another person and carrying them to the wheelchair.  I failed the first attempt (and several others).  I put my Mom back on the bed and said, “Okay, lets move the wheelchair a little closer to the bed”….how about a little closer…..closer?  At this point the wheelchair was almost on top of the bed and I still couldn’t transfer her.  Then I remembered the arm of the wheelchair comes off.  I removed it and tried again.  Another fail.  I felt like I was going to drop her.  Then a nurse told me about a little miracle called “transfer boards”.  Transfer boards are flat and long and provides a secure “bridge” from the bed to the wheelchair.  It took some scooting, but it worked and I didn’t have to go into traction with hurting my back.  Using transfer boards will give your loved one confidence and will give you some peace of mind.  There are several types of transfer boards available.  Click through and select which of the transfer boards will work best of you.  Remember to keep an eye on the description for “weight limits” and “lengths”.  I know it sounds like a simple thing to be able to “use transfer boards”, but my advice would be to ask a nurse or even better a physical therapist to make sure you’re using it in the proper manner based on the condition of your loved one.  I purchased mine at Medline (http://bit.ly/1nPNFyX) and there are several transfer boards to choose from.

 

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Author: MIMI Medical Staff