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Lifting and Transferring Training


  • Turning a client from side to side

  • Stand at one side of the bed, with the bed raised to waist height.

  • Place your arms under the client’s shoulders and hips, or grasp the lift sheet.

  • Pull the client to the edge of the bed, trunk first and then legs.

  • Cross the client’s leg closest to you over the other leg.

  • Place your hands on the client’s shoulder and hip closest to you.

  • Lean in toward the client and push the client’s torso away from you.

  • Place the top leg in front of the bottom leg.

  • Support the client’s shoulders, back, and hips with pillows. Place a pillow between the client’s legs to support the top leg. Adjust for comfort. 

Devices that can help you work smarter, not harder:  

  • Draw sheets—make it easier to pull a person up in bed or move them to the side. To place a draw sheet under a client, turn the client on his or her side and lay the draw sheet on the bed. Roll half of the draw sheet up against the client. Turn the client to his other side, rolling him over the rolled-up draw sheet, and pull the rolled draw sheet out and straighten it on the bed. The lift sheet should extend from above the shoulders to below the hips and should support the neck and head if the client cannot do so.

  • Bed controls—raise or lower the bed to a comfortable and safe position for you, your coworker, and the client.

  • Slide boards—help to reduce friction so the client can slide from the bed to another surface.

  • Trapeze over the bed—can allow clients to help you move them. They can grasp the trapeze, pull themselves up and assist as you move them.

  • Gait belt—is made from heavy canvas with a sturdy buckle. Place the belt around the client’s waist and use it to assist you in moving him or her.  

  • Mechanical lifters/hoists—can lift a client who is heavy, or one who has fallen. Ask your supervisor for instructions before using these devices. 


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