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Raising a bedridden elderly person, or a person who has had surgery and needs to rest, can be easier by following proper techniques that not only help to exert less force and avoid injuries to the caregiver's back, but also to increase the comfort and well-being of the bedridden person.
People who are bedridden for many hours a day need to be raised out of bed regularly to prevent muscle and joint atrophy, as well as prevent the appearance of skin sores known as bedsores.
One of the secrets to not getting hurt is to bend your knees and always push your legs, avoiding straining your spine. Watch this walkthrough that we describe in detail:
Since caring for a bedridden person can be a difficult and complicated task to manage, see our complete guide on caring for a bedridden person.
9 steps to lift a bedridden person
The process to lift a bedridden person easily and with less effort can be summarized in 9 steps:
1. Place the wheelchair or armchair next to the bed and lock the wheelchair's wheels, or lean the armchair against the wall so that it cannot move.
2. With the person still lying down, drag them to the edge of the bed, placing both arms under the body. See how to move the person in bed.
3. Place your arm under your back at shoulder height.
4. With the other hand, hold the armpit and feel the person on the bed. For this step, the caregiver should bend the legs and keep the back straight, stretching the legs while lifting the person to a sitting position.
5. Keep your hand supporting the person's back and pull their knees off the bed, rotating them so they are sitting with their legs hanging over the edge of the bed.
6. Drag the person to the edge of the bed so that their feet are flat on the floor. Attention: To ensure safety, it is very important that the bed cannot slide backwards. Therefore, if the bed has wheels, it is important to lock the wheels. In cases where the floor allows the bed to slide, you can try to lean the opposite side to the wall, for example.
7. Hug the person under the arms and, without letting them lie down again, hold them from behind, at the waistband of the pants. However, if possible, ask him to hold onto your neck, intertwining his hands.
8. Lift the person while rotating their body, towards the wheelchair or armchair, and let them fall as slowly as possible onto the seat.
9. To make the person more comfortable, adjust their position by pulling them against the back of the chair or armchair, wrapping your arms around them like a hug.
Ideally, the person should be moved from bed to chair, and vice versa, every 2 hours, lying in bed only at bedtime.
Generally, the wheelchair or armchair should be placed next to the headboard on the side where the person has more strength. That is, if the person has had a stroke and has more strength on the right side of the body, the chair should be placed on the right side of the bed and lifting should be done on that side, for example.