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In private residences or nursing homes, caregivers are required to transfer the elderly in a number of situations.  Transfers involve more strenuous efforts if the elderly are with limited mobility or bedridden, which may significantly increase the caregivers’ risk of back or neck injury.  Apart from learning the fundamental skills to support and lift the elderly, you may choose various transfer aids to assist the caregivers.  The followings are some factors to consider when purchasing transfer aids.

 
Purpose of transfer

It is required to use different transfer aids in various situations.  You can first identify the purpose of the transfer before deciding what type of aid to choose.
  • Wheelchair-to-bed/sofa/chair/toilet seat transfers
  • Bed-to-shower bed/bed transfers
  • Regular turning or repositioning of the elderly reclining in bed
  • Providing assistance to the elderly when getting up from chair/bed and strengthening muscles of their legs

Materials of transfer aid
  • Lightweight: approximately one to two pounds or less, that will not increase the burden on users
  • Sturdy and durable: for example, strong nylon materials or polyethylene
  • Soft and anti-allergic: the side contacting the skin of the elderly can be made of pure cotton or with cover made of natural materials
  • High loading capacity: about 200 kg, which is suitable for overweight patients
  • Antibacterial, anti-mildew and stink-dispelling
  • Easy to clean: general and mild detergents can be applied
 
Some common transfer aids are as follows:
 
  • Transfer Belt
It is fixed around the waist of caregiver or the elderly, together with numerous handgrips that provide a variety of leverage points.
Use:wheelchair-to-bed/sofa/ chair/toilet seat transfers or
providing assistance to the elderly when getting up from chair/bed

Video

Source: Associated Medical Supplies Co Ltd
  • Lifting Belt
It enables caregivers to tightly grab and direct the elderly when they are standing up, sitting down or being transferred.
Use:wheelchair-to-bed/sofa/ chair/toilet seat transfers
or providing assistance to the elderly when getting up from chair/bed

Video

Source: Associated Medical Supplies Co Ltd
  • Foot Belt
It is placed around the legs of the elderly, which aids in keeping their legs together during transfers.
Use:wheelchair-to-bed/sofa/ chair/toilet seat transfers
or providing assistance to the elderly when getting up from chair/bed

Source: Associated Medical Supplies Co Ltd
  • Transfer Board
It is made of soft and strong materials with a slick surface. Transfer slides can also be installed to reduce friction on the skin of user during transfers.
Use:wheelchair-to-bed/sofa/ chair/toilet seat transfers
or providing assistance to the elderly when getting up from chair/bed

Video1/ Video2

Source: Associated Medical Supplies Co Ltd
  • Sliding Board
It is a flexible, durable, strong and smooth mover, enabling the minimum number of people to complete a safe transfer.
Use:Bed-to-shower bed/bed transfers

Video

Source: Associated Medical Supplies Co Ltd
  • Glide Pad
Roller slide design and one-direction glide can reduce friction between the mattress and the body of the elderly during transfers.
Use:Regular turning or repositioning of the elderly reclining in bed

Video

Source: Associated Medical Supplies Co Ltd
  • Waterproof horizontal sliding Sheet
Absorbent surface material can absorb fluids, while the slick underside can minimize friction when positioning and transferring the elderly, so as to facilitate the provision of bedside care.
Use:Regular turning or repositioning of the elderly reclining in bed

Source: Associated Medical Supplies Co Ltd
  • Patient Hoist
With a special lifting bar, patients can be lifted up from bed, chair or the floor. It can also be used as walking frame or rollator to help patients stand up and walk.
Use:wheelchair-to-bed/sofa/ chair/toilet seat transfers or providing assistance to the elderly when getting up from chair/bed


Source: Associated Medical Supplies Co Ltd

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Suppliers
 
  1. 3-MED Medical & Rehab. Company Ltd.(Chinese version only)
  2. Associated Medical Supplies Co Ltd
  3. Culture Homes - Elderly Lifestyle Store(Chinese version only)
  4. Forever Health Instrument Ltd (Chinese version only)
  5. Health Top 
  6. Healthy Living Medical (Chinese version only)
  7. Janley Limited
  8. Medimart
  9. Park Hong Wheelchair and Rehabilitation Products Shop (Chinese version only)