In this chapter, we will look at the processes and tasks needed to become competent in assisting the clients with the safe movement needed for completion of their Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s). When we consider the tasks needed for daily activities and the care needs of clients, we must also consider the way we will assist the client, the movements needed by ourselves as caregivers, and the movements needed by the clients to perform the task and the safety and comfort of both caregivers and clients. In this chapter, we will look at individual tasks and the movements needed to complete them. We will also begin looking closely at assistive technologies that will support lifting and patient transfers.
At the end of this module, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of safe practices for assisting clients with safe ambulation and mobility (with and without assistive devices).
- Demonstrate understanding of safe practices for assisting clients to sit on toilet, transfer in and out of bed, in and out of a vehicles, in and out of seating/resting options (with and without assistive devices).
- Understands and demonstrates principles of good body mechanics when lifting, transferring and providing patient care
When learning about mobility, it is essential to first look at the terminology to ensure that you understand everything clearly. These terms will be used throughout this book, so it is important to take the time to master them and practice your recall often.
- manual lift
- mechanical lift
- transfer or slide sheet
- transfer board
Whenever these terms are first introduced in this chapter, they are bolded. However, if you need additional information about a term than what is provided here, you can research it in The Free Dictionary: Medical Dictionary.