Being a caregiver takes a lot of patience, love and TIPS! I’ve gleaned a few in the 5 years since I’ve been caregiver to my husband, a T-11 complete paraplegic.
This video demonstrates how to help the patient roll over in bed, especially if they are unable to do so themselves. Although many paraplegics can roll over on their on. My husband cannot, at least not at this point.
A paraplegic gets dressed in bed and it involves rolling from side to side. Occasionally, my husband will need my help. Sometimes the patient has a mess that needs to be cleaned up or you may want to give them a sponge bath and the patient will need to be rolled over. This tip allows me to help my husband and protect me from hurting my back.
The second tip comes later in the video showing how to put a pull sheet under the patient. You may need a pull sheet for several reasons – to keep the sheets/bed clean if the patient has a messy diaper, it puts a barrier between the bed and the patient if the patient has urine leakage, and it helps pull the patient if the patient needs to be moved in the bed.
Changing a pull sheet is easier than changing the sheets. It’s also less wash you’ll have to do!
I hope these tips help! They’ve been beneficial to us!
Have you tried either of these tips? Or do you have one you’d like to share? Please tell me in the comments below!
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