We realize that many of our customers are caregivers to loved ones who may be living with them or still living on their own. If you act as caregiver for a family member you know that among some of your most arduous tasks have to do with urinary or fecal incontinence and ambulation. In some ways these issues can be related, but we'll save that discussion for a later blog post. Here at The Incontinence Store, we are always looking for ways to help reduce some of the stress on caregivers. This blog post deals with helping caregivers assist their loved one, who may have limited ambulatory abilities, and helping your dependent parent with getting up out of a chair or out of a bed in the safest and easiest manner.
In addition to a number of physical and psychological hardships that full-time caregivers must endure, statistics show that many of them develop back issues that are directly related to trying to move seniors in and out of bed, and even sometimes, off the floor. For safety purposes, and to alleviate possible muscle strains, we recommend that all caregivers use gait belts when attempting to move patients who have limited ambulation. A gait belt is a simple heavy cotton belt with a strong buckle that can be tightened at any spot along the length of the belt. Think of the belts as one-size fits most. The benefit of a gait belt is that when used properly, it creates a secure hand-hold around the waist of the patient, to allow the caregiver a greater chance of using safer mechanics when transferring a loved one who may require extra support. If the person becomes unsteady during a transfer or even a "simple" walk, you have a much better chance of preventing a fall with a gait belt, than if you had to make a quick grab for a arm or shirt sleeve. If you have never used a gait belt before here is a quick youtube video on proper use of a gait belt.
In celebration of our new website, we are offering a free gait belt, an $18.00 value, with any qualifying purchase while our supply lasts. Simply type "free gait belt offer" in the comments of your order and we will include it with your regular delivery. Our mission is to make life easier for our caregivers. We know how difficult your task is, and if we can prevent one fall or injured back, we will certainly do whatever we can to help. Thanks for visiting our Forum and please write us back and share your care giving thoughts and concerns.
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