The Art of the Transfer

By Laurie Watanabe

(This article originally appeared in the March 2016 issue of Mobility Management.)

In complex rehab’s world of responsive electronics, CAD drawings and space-age materials, it’s easy to see how the lowly transfer gets overlooked. When done correctly, transitions from bed to wheelchair to shower bench to car seat can be mere afterthoughts in a wheelchair user’s day. But when transfers are difficult or unsafe, they open the door to a range of problems, from heightened risk of falls and skin breakdown to reducing participation in activities when wheelchair users and caregivers decide the hassle of a transfer just isn’t worth it. The sheer number of people who use wheelchairs, and the family members, friends and professional caregivers who support them, indicate that mastering the transfer is vital to the overall mobility equation.

GOALS OF THE TRANSFER

To that point, Julie Piriano, PT, ATP/SMS, director of rehab industry affairs for Quantum Rehab, pointed out, “With an estimated 3.3 million wheelchair users in the United States, 1.825 million of whom are greater than 65 years of age, there is a minimum of 6.6 million wheelchair transfers completed every day.”

So what is a successful transfer? “Many may say that the number one goal of a successful transfer is for the wheelchair user to perform the task independently,” Piriano said, “so that he or she can use the chair. However, this really is a subset of the real goal of a successful transfer, which is to prevent falls and avoid injury to the wheelchair user and/or the caregiver.”

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Teaching In-Home Caregivers Seems To Pay Off — The Caregiver Space

Low-income Californians who are elderly and disabled were less likely to go to the emergency room or be hospitalized after their in-home caregivers participated in an intensive training program, according to a report. Under a pilot program, nearly 6,000 aides in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Contra Costa counties were trained in CPR and first…

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When Should You Involve the Kids in Caregiving?

The quality of your relationship with your parent will make the differenceteen helping elder

If you are a card-carrying member of the Sandwich Generation — working outside of the home, caring for your family (which may include young children or “boomerangers”) and for an older parent, as well — your children could be a big help in taking some of the burden off your shoulders. As an added bonus, they could have a memorable experience with their grandparents by becoming important members of your caregiving team.

The operative word here, however, is could. And the relationship both you and your children have with your parent is an important factor in whether they should be.

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Traxx Mobility Systems manufactures and sell the Titan 500, a freestanding overhead patient lift for home health care. It allows a single caregiver, often a family member, to safely transfer a loved one between the bed and a wheelchair or other assistive device. It protects both the caregiver and the patient from injuries associated with manual transfers or traditional floor-based patient lifts.

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Titan 500 Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift for Home Health Care

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