Tuesday, February 19, 2008

wheelchair transferring (how we do it)

Transferring has been discussed often in this journal. Recent news articles have sadly reflected the risks to someone bed bound or non-ambulatory. If a person is unable to get from point A to point B, a caregiver or help becomes necessary.

Join us for a three minute glimpse into how we deal with transferring.

For those who have problems with AOL video player you can view the video directly from YouTube at

I will confess that shooting this video with all those transfers and more in such a short period of time was grueling. There are no stunt doubles in caregiving. <grin>

Caregivingly Yours, J Patrick Leer


  1. I know how difficult that is to do.  Yearsw ago, I was using a Hoyer Lift to maneuver a patient from her bed to a wheelchair.  The Hoyer Lift malfunctioned- a part broke- the patient free-fell to the floor and I dived below her as quick as I could to try to break the fall.  The patient was fine.  (bruises but no broken bones)  I hyper-extended my knee for my efforts!  Caregiving is NOT an easy job.  With a loved one or otherwise as a profession such as nursing or a nursing assistant- it's not easy.  Kudos to you Patrick!!!

  2. You certainly showed the difficulties of transferring. Even though Nikki can walk, I still have to lift her into bed, out of bed, into the car, out of the car.... you get the idea. And she is taller than I am! Yet we do what we must do. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to each and every one of your entries.

  3. When I had Charlie, I did all that type of transferring myself. I was one strong woman! <grin>  However, I didn't keep up 'weight' lifting after I lost him and now, I wish I had. Just file that  piece of advice somewhere... just in case....


  4. first thing I thought was, wow, that is hard on your back!! what impressed me, Patrick, was how gentle you were with Patti and very caring to her and sensitive to her needs; caregiving is very hard work!

    even in it, though, you always manage to sneak in a little humor; loved the "no stunt doubles in caregiving" statement

    hope your back recovered by now

    Kudos to Patti for being such a good sport about it all in her participation of this educational video :)


  5. I was very fortunate when my husband first became disabled enough to require help with transfers.  His physical therapist taught me everything from the transfers to how to get him up off the floor.  A big man(6'1") compared to my 5'3" and after 15 years of 3 or 4 a day, without more than a transfer board for assistance.  She really knew her stuff, I never developed back problems.
                                            Smiles,  Leigh

  6. tranferring is hard with or without a machine. i love how patti giggles she makes me laugh. get a back buddy for your sore back patrick


  7. .......you know what everyone says........take care of yourself so you can take care of your "givie".   Your entries are always good for the soul!


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